Knicks Morning News (2016.01.01)

  • [New York Times] Redick Leads Clippers Past Pelicans, 95-89 (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 05:15:39 GMT)

    Paul Pierce wrapped his left arm around the back of Chris Paul’s head, pulling him close as the pair walked toward the foul line in the final seconds.

  • [New York Times] Burke Scores 27 as Jazz Beat Trail Blazers 109-96 (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 04:45:35 GMT)

    Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points, and the Utah Jazz cruised past the Portland Trail Blazers 109-96 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs’ Duncan Is Set to Return in Showdown With the Rockets (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 04:27:54 GMT)

    The 39-year-old Tim Duncan has missed San Antonio’s past three games, two of them with soreness in his right knee.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Leads Thunder to 110-106 Victory Over Suns (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 04:06:35 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Phoenix 110-106 on Thursday night for the Suns’ seventh straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Thompson Scores 38 Points, Warriors Beat Rockets 114-110 (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 03:45:41 GMT)

    Soon after Draymond Green posted his NBA-leading fifth triple-double he was asked whether Stephen Curry should worry that he was trying to steal his job as point guard while the NBA MVP is out with a leg injury.

  • [New York Times] Thompson Fires Late Surge as Warriors Ground Rockets (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 03:24:27 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored a game-high 38 points and keyed a decisive surge late in the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors rebounded from their worst loss on the season with a 114-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Middleton Scores 33 as Bucks Beat Pacers 120-116 (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 02:00:43 GMT)

    Khris Middleton scored 33 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 120-116 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Drummond Powers Pistons Past Timberwolves 115-90 (Fri, 01 Jan 2016 01:39:43 GMT)

    Andre Drummond had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 19 points and nine assists, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 115-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

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    14 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.01)”

    1. Draymond with 10 pts., 11 rebounds, 16 assists last night vs. Houston, his 6th triple double of the season. It’s almost not fair that he’s on the same team as Curry.

      Meanwhile, we should all say a prayer for Derrick Rose and hope that he’s able to play tonight.

    2. MVP voting at this point should be:

      1) Curry
      2) Leonard
      3) Green
      4) Westbrook/Durant
      5) Lowry

      (Not Paul George. Who put him near (or even above?!?) these 6?)

    3. I agree with basically everything you guys said, but point is that it’s fairly obvious LMA has had a very positive impact on an already excellent San Antonio team that has taken them to another level. He’s a good player like he’s always been despite the fact his TS% and WP are less than ideal and goes to show that there’s a lot more to evaluating players.

      How is it obvious? Because they’re really good this year? His volume went down but his efficiency is still poor. Trying to figure out what, aside from team record and the last ten years of critical consensus about Aldridge’s value, makes it “obvious” that he’s been the catalyst for their historic start. I suspect that he is a major part of their surreal defensive prowess, but it’s certainly not obvious. I actually watched a Spurs telecast where the color commentators were remarking on his slow start to the season, saying that he was struggling (but earnestly trying) to fit into the pass-first scheme after years of being “the man.” How is it obvious?

      The truth is that a player’s brand equity changes a lot slower than the player’s actual value. Players like Carmelo win a chip in college and come into the league with brand presence. It takes a lot of hardcore sucking, a la 2015-16 Kobe, to undo the perception of a player’s value when it starts so high.

      I mean, how do you explain the longevity of obvious scrubs like Bargnani, Kwame Brown or Sebastian Telfair?

    4. So Jowles, are you essentially saying that the Spurs made a huge mistake in letting Splitter walk and signing Aldridge?

    5. Maybe I should rephrase: If any other team let Splitter walk, etc…

      We all know that Pop and Buford are infallible.

    6. Gregg Poppovich and RC Buford are as close as it gets to infallible. Forget about a losing season (the franchise only has 8 in its history dating back to the ABA). When was the last time they had a season where they won less than 50 games?

    7. The Spurs have the 3rd best offense in the NBA. They’re 3rd in 3 point percentage, 1st in field goal %, 2nd in efg%, 13th in tov%.

      They’ve managed those numbers despite taking the 5th fewest 3s of any team in the NBA, down considerably from the last 3 seasons (though they’ve always been middling in terms of 3PA%).

      Everyone knows shots near the basket and open 3-pt shots are the most efficient in the game — defenses, too.

      The Spurs are not trying to only take threes or shots near the basket like say the Rockets , who have been 9th and 12th in offensive efficiency despite being the leader in 3PTA %, free-throws and shots at rim.

      The Spurs try to take the best shot the defense gives. On many possessions, it’s a mid-range 2-pt shot. Aldridge is really good at those. So is David West, another off-season pick-up.

      If individual scoring efficiency was the sole determinant of collective offensive efficiency, you’d build a team with Steve Novak and Tyson Chandler.

      Aldridge is much better offensive player than his scoring efficiency indicates (not just because he converts open 2-pt jumpers at a high rate), and naturally, the smartest organization in sports recognized that.

    8. If individual scoring efficiency was the sole determinant of collective offensive efficiency, you’d build a team with Steve Novak and Tyson Chandler.

      Uh oh, the name that shall not be spoken has been invoked.

      Let the THCJ shit storm begin!

    9. The Spurs have the 3rd best offense in the NBA.
      If individual scoring efficiency was the sole determinant of collective offensive efficiency, you’d build a team with Steve Novak and Tyson Chandler.

      Not to be overly simplistic, but we did that and they called it the third best offense in the NBA. There’s more than one path to the summit

    10. The Spurs have the 3rd best offense in the NBA. They’re 3rd in 3 point percentage, 1st in field goal %, 2nd in efg%, 13th in tov%…Aldridge is much better offensive player than his scoring efficiency indicates (not just because he converts open 2-pt jumpers at a high rate), and naturally, the smartest organization in sports recognized that.

      Yeah but it’s not really clear that Aldridge has mattered much. Look at the Spurs PPP recently:

      2013-14: 1.105
      2014-15: 1.085
      2015-16 without LMA: 1.098
      2015-16 with LMA: 1.083

      Reasonable arguments can be made about TS% as an imperfect window into LMA’s efficiency. For example, he has a terrifically low turnover rate, and turnovers are worse than missed field goals (which is misspecified in wins produced, for example). But I don’t think it makes any sense to lay the Spurs elite offense anywhere near LMA’s shoulders. It was elite. Kawhi improved and Danny Green played worse. It is still elite.

    11. And last season the Spurs ORtg was 106.2. This season its 106.8. I’m not sure we should credit all of their tremendous improvement in offense of the remarkable gifts of Lamarcus Aldridge, subtle offensive superstar. Signing him was obviously not a bad move-the Spurs are even better this year than they were last season. On a team level its because their defense has become maybe the best defense relative to the rest of the league since the mid-90s Knicks while their offense has stayed as good as it was last year

    12. I’m not saying that LMA is the cause of any offensive improvement, per se. But if scoring efficiency was the end-all be-all, a guy with a .522 TS on 25.4 usage (which leads team) should have a dramatic negative impact on an elite offense.

      It hasn’t, and I would wager that LMA’s efficiency will rise by the end of the year. As others have mentioned, even if you stay in the four factors vacuum, LMA’s extremely low turnover rate equals a well above average PPP.

    13. The Spurs have been building good offenses featuring a big man with a 53/54ish TS% and usage in the mid 20s for years.

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