Knicks Morning News (2015.12.21)

  • [New York Daily News] Three things to like and dislike about Knicks season so far (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:14:04 GMT)

    The Knicks are officially one-third through a season with a bar set so low that their .500 record is a fine accomplishment.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Coach Kidd to Have Hip Surgery (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:48:27 GMT)

    Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is to undergo hip surgery and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team announced on Sunday. Kidd, in his second year with the Bucks, will have the procedure on Monday and assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over the head coaching duties in his absence.

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans to 130-125 Win Over Nuggets (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 04:52:09 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had quite an impressive stat line: 27 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots and, maybe the most important one of all, four IVs.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Game of the Week: Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 04:09:20 GMT)

    Oklahoma City and Los Angeles are both looking to move up in the Western Conference, but significant adjustments need to be made for them to make a run.

  • [New York Times] Middleton, Carter-Williams Lead Bucks Past Suns 101-95 (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 03:21:43 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks had lost 12 straight road games since early November.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Coach Kidd Out Indefinitely for Hip Surgery (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 03:18:41 GMT)

    Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery.

  • [New York Times] Korver Leads Hawks’ 4th-Quarter Rally to Down Magic 103-100 (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 02:12:31 GMT)

    Kyle Korver scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic 103-100 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Rondo, Gay Lead Kings Over Raptors 104-94 (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:45:57 GMT)

    Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists, Rudy Gay scored 19 points against his former team and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 104-94 Sunday night to end a four-game road losing streak.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Anthony Davis Feels Ill, Leaves, Then Gives Pelicans a Shot in the Arm (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:39:34 GMT)

    Davis had a dominant first quarter against the Nuggets, scoring 19 points, but he left after feeling sick. He returned early in the fourth to lead New Orleans past Denver.

  • [New York Times] Timberwolves 100, Nets 85: Feeling at Home in Brooklyn, Towns Lifts Minnesota (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:33:47 GMT)

    Towns, who is from New Jersey and was selected first over all in the June draft at Barclays Center, led Minnesota to a 100-85 victory there on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] At 6-Foot-1, He’s Raising the Art of the Dunk to Another Level (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:27:27 GMT)

    A viral video helped Jordan Kilganon, a 6-foot-1 23-year-old from Canada, emerge as a star of the blossoming niche sport of professional dunking.

  • [New York Times] Kyrie Irving Returns, Cavaliers Rock Lowly 76ers 108-86 (Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:51:49 GMT)

    As Kyrie Irving dressed following his first game in six months, LeBron James popped on some music.

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    137 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2015.12.21)”

    1. If the Knicks lose this game tonight it could be the start of a 10 game stretch that will end any playoff hopes this team has.

      As I type that Vujacic enters the game, makes a horrible pass to Seraphin for a turnover that leads to a Magic fastbreak layup and an 8-pt lead at the end of the 1st quarter.

    2. Oaq is out with an ankle injury. We are not passing very well. 7 turnovers in the first quarter is too many.

    3. You know, the Knicks don’t even need to make a big free agency splash with their money this off season. If they could replace Vujacic and Seraphin with, you know, actual NBA basketball players, they would be much better off. Even playing those guys 10 minutes a night will prove to be a bust at season’s end.

    4. Seraphin could get down to 23olbs and practice non stop and he will never, ever be as good as Diaw.

    5. @37 – Agree. He’s shooting 45.5% from 3-pt range going into tonight and averaging 23.4 ppg.

    6. BTW Knicks fans:

      We have articles pending for the game on Saturday and tonight’s game, we just have issues with the site and posting with the editors and authors.

      Perhaps use this as the game thread as we sort through the technical difficulties? Believe me, I wanted my Star Wars-inspired article up yesterday afternoon, but these things happen.

      In any case, fuck Endorlando, go KNICKS

    7. Grant should have taken it all the way.
      What is Robin Lopez doing? He can’t cover Vucevic and KP is riding the pines. Why?

    8. That’s not a good matchup for Zinger right now, imho.

      Well it’s a failed matchup with Lopez.

    9. Not for nothing, but this is a really important game. They need to find a way to pull this one out tonight.

    10. If LT continues to play like this, one wonders if the Knicks might shop him before the trade deadline?

    11. Something tells me the Knicks will win tonight.

      Huge game considering the upcoming schedule, but they look up to the task tonight, specifically Melo. He is the best player on the floor and I think it will show by the time the clock hits zeroes. Gonna be dramatic but that just makes it more fun

    12. There is no such thing as a Lance Thomas. The very concept has be detonated and replaced by human shaped typhoon of unlimited extent and potential.

    13. Would really like to see Fisher let Porzingis guard dominant low post players even if they are bigger bodied. Maybe I missed it but I would have liked to see what Porzingis could do with his length against Vucevic.

    14. Grant was obviously worried about this blog’s comments about going under screens that he went over it prematurely! And got burned on the fournier 3 ball late

    15. this orlando magic team is our Chicago Bulls in the 90s.
      Hope there is somekind of miracle for the next 10 days. keep us within .500 and our playoff hopes alive.
      It’s Christmas. Nothing wrong in wishing.

    16. The Knicks played well Porzingis’ missing shot notwithstanding. Orlando just outplayed them. The Magic started hot, stayed hot and played tough D all game. Too bad though that “the Lance Thomas game” didn’t end in a W.

    17. Vucevic was a monster. I saw him kill us last year as well. He has a very nice offensive game.

      Besides Fisher, I thought we lost this game in the first half when we allowed a zillion uncontested threes. Give the Magic credit for holding us off by scoring critical hoops every time we got it close. They have a very interesting young team.

    18. Lance is the hero we don’t deserve. Also, why wasn’t Langston Galloway in the game down the stretch in those critical moments? If I recall correctly, he was playing pretty well up until he got benched.

    19. Silver Linings: Grant (who we really need to start developing and rightfully taking time from Calderon), Lance (trade value), and Seraphin (played so incredibly badly tonight that he might just go below Amundson in the rotation).

      @121. The Knicks were also very sloppy with the ball tonight.

    20. living on the outside is not a recipe for success for kp… hopefully he learns that he needs to get inside and get to the line to get reliable points… that’s the part that’s missing but he’s young and the defensive stats show that it will come in time…

      lance thomas… it might be time to start thomas/melo/kp frontcourt…

    21. Clash, I didn’t see much positive with Grant. He had a couple of strips of Hezonja, but other than that, he did nothing good on either end. This wasn’t the game to develop him, imo.

    22. My bad, folks, Domenic had a game thread ready to go but I didn’t see it before I went out tonight to see the Star Wars film. I watched the end of the game at a restaurant after the film. Tough loss. Lance looked dynamite, though! That was awesome.

    23. Melo might be out Wed at Cleveland with a sprained ankle. Might as well since they are going to get killed Wed regardless so let Melo sit and get a few days rest.

    24. What a weird game, if you had told me that Lopez and Thomas would go a combined 15-15, and Melo 10-17, I would have thought we won going away.

    25. @Cle, @Atl, @Bos, vsDet, @Chi, vsAtl, @Atl, @Mia and @SA. Those are the next 9 games. Happy Holidays.

    26. should play big ? Brooke/KP spells at the middle.. then Melo, Williams, Thomas/Affalo with Galloway/Grant.. Amundsen/OQ/Early as subs for Melo and Williams..

      anyone else just ship out ?

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