Knicks Morning News (2015.12.17)

  • [New York Post] Fisher fumes over ‘dangerous’ elbow to Sasha Vujacic (Thu, 17 Dec 2015 01:21:20 -0500)

    Knicks coach Derek Fisher said he hopes the NBA reviews the wild elbow by Minnesota's Shabazz Muhammad in the first half, calling it a "dangerous'' play. Muhammad, despite a video review, was not ejected. He took a swing with his elbow at Sasha Vujacic after Vujacic tried to rip the ball from his hands. Vujacic…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony nearly gets triple double in win (Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:53:57 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony knew he was just an assist short of a triple-double, so he remembers who cost him the chance.

  • [New York Daily News] Porzingis throws block party as Knicks beat Timberwolves (Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:53:31 GMT)

    Karl-Anthony Towns’ first impression of Kristaps Porzingis was a natural reaction of meeting a 7-3 Latvian.

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    19 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.12.17)”

    1. I don’t blame Fisher for being upset. Muhammad should have been tossed for that elbow. Regardless of whether there was a bit of niggle before, and regardless of Sasha sometimes overplaying; it was clearly intentional and after the play had been stopped. KG’s influence is already showing in the young Wolves.

      All in all though good result yesterday. These are the games we should be winning, and I guess the final score probably reflects the realistic difference between the two squads. Next step for this team though is to keep that intensity up and really put away bad teams.

      It was also great to see Towns as well. I had only seen highlights, but watching him in that second half it is pretty obvious the kid is going to be a superstar. Looking forward to the next 10-15 years of Towns and KP match ups.

    2. It’s fucking crazy they didn’t eject Shabazz for the elbow. That was worse than 90% of the flagrant 2s I’ve seen. And it’s not like they blew it off. The officials could have watched the Sound of Music in the time it took them to review the play. I figured that Shabazz had complained that Sasha provoked him somehow and they were looking for the provocation. Blatantly dangerous and malicious elbow.

    3. I really hate it when players and coaches try to exploit the rules to gain a competitive advantage. I totally agree that it was a Flagrant 2, but it’s not like a play like Kelly Olynyk’s on Kevin Love: it didn’t lead to a competitive advantage for the T-Wolves. It was just a dirty play and a poor enforcement of the rules. Yeah, coaches have to defend their players from that kind of belligerence, but Vujecic was fine.

      I also get the same feeling when you see players of any sport trying to trick the refs into giving them a lead. Like when you see a WR come down with a difficult catch by the opponents’ sideline; if there’s any possibility of it being incomplete, the opposing team will gesticulate like mad to convince the refs that it’s not a catch. Not really into the “win at all costs” mentality that pervades so many sports, especially football. It’s an ugly manifestation of groupthink.

    4. Yeah, coaches have to defend their players from that kind of belligerence, but Vujecic was fine.

      Yeah I think you are ultimately right. Vujecic’s history and the fact that he was okay probably led to a flagrant 1, especially when you look at it in comparison the Olynyk incident last season. Still not a great look though when a guy throws an elbow like that and you can’t even cover it as incidental. End of the day, the Knicks still won and Sasha isn’ t the most popular guy on this board ha ha. If it had have been KP, by God there would have been hell to pay.

    5. I’m with you. It was a Flagrant 2 to me. It was an MMA move with a slight attempt to make it look like a basketball play. I wouldn’t go out of my way to complain about it, except that, like always, the refs appear to be blind.

    6. just noticed that old friend Maurice Ndour is now teammates with future friend Willy Hernangomez. speaking of winning at all costs, they really need to be giving Willy more burn over there.

    7. I just want to know what took so long. They went over that shit like it was the zappruder film

      It seemed they were checking a lot of the play before the elbow to see whether there was any provocation from Vujecic, but surely anything he did in the lead up would be hard to justify an elbow after play had stopped. The whole thing was a bit of a shambles considering the NBA’s push to avoid game delays and to expedite the review process.

    8. That was a textbook flagrant 2 foul: unnecessary and excessive. In fact, if it had connected (and you can’t assume that he was trying to miss) he could have seriously injured Sasha; it could be argued that he deserved additional penalties. I was absolutely shocked that that was called a flagrant 1 after review.

    9. Man, the East is crazy. Every team seems like they can beat every other team. The Hornets without Batum just beat the Raptors by ten. Walker/Lin combined to score about a bazillion points.

    10. probably going to need an injury or two to the teams ahead of us to break the playoffs… if the pistons, hornets, magic and celts are really are this good then it’s all but wrapped up…

    11. Did you see that woman in the front row of the OKC-Cleveland game get freight trained by Lebron? They took her out on a stretcher. Let’s hope she’s alright.

    12. That was some scary shit. She’s such a slight looking woman and dude’s body hit her dead on in her upper body while sitting down. Hopefully she wasn’t seriously injured. She definitely was injured somewhat.

    13. That woman was the wife of golfer Jason Day. News reports say she was released from the hospital a few hours later, but still. She gave birth to a baby a month ago, is finally feeling well enough to go out to a basketball game, and then a freight train smashes into her. Yeesh.

    14. Good to know she was released from the hospital. It really did look like it could have seriously injured her. I’m glad that it did not.

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