Knicks Morning News (2016.01.25)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony not worried about sore knee (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 03:12:55 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony passed another Hall of Famer on Saturday, jumping —limping really — ahead of Gary Payton.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks Daily Links: Monday (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:48:24 EST)

    Knicks Daily Links: Monday

  • [New York Times] Warriors, Spurs on Historic Winning Paces This Season (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:33:59 GMT)

    There’s never been an NBA season where two teams both won at least 80 percent of their games.

  • [New York Times] Lopez Scores 31, Nets End Thunder’s Seven-Game Win Streak (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:57:35 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wouldn’t blame the blizzard that delayed their game and kept Kevin Durant stuck in his hotel for 36 hours.

  • [New York Times] Spurs’ Duncan to Miss Warriors Clash (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:54:27 GMT)

    Tim Duncan will miss San Antonio’s eagerly awaited matchup against Western Conference rivals Golden State on Monday due to a sore knee, the Spurs said on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Who’s Best? Warriors and Spurs Finally Get a Chance to Prove It (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:01:21 GMT)

    In the first of four meetings this season, the Western Conference powers Golden State and San Antonio will collide Monday night in Oakland, Calif.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Brook Lopez’s 31 Points Help Nets End Thunder’s Winning Streak (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:12:17 GMT)

    The Nets ended the Oklahoma City Thunder’s seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 home win.

  • [New York Times] Bench Contribution Carries Raptors Past Clippers (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 04:06:27 GMT)

    Toronto had 51 points from their reserve players and the Los Angeles Clippers had 29 from theirs as the Raptors scored a 112-94 win on Sunday to extend their streak to eight games.

  • [New York Times] Crowder, Thomas Lead Celtics to Rout of 76ers (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:42:42 GMT)

    Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points each and the Boston Celtics cruised to a 112-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Bobby Wanzer, 94, Hall of Fame Player From N.B.A.’s Early, Patient Days, Dies (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:24:18 GMT)

    Mr. Wanzer, a guard, led the Rochester Royals to the 1951 N.B.A. championship, the only league title of that much-traveled team, whose modern-day successor are the Sacramento Kings.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Down Clippers for Eighth Straight Win, 112-94 (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:03:48 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 20 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 112-94 on Sunday for their season-high eighth straight win.

  • [New York Post] Porzingis was dropping weight fast — but found breakfast cure (Mon, 25 Jan 2016 01:52:31 -0500)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kristaps Porzingis realized he would shrink to nothing if he didn't take the Knicks' new dietitian’s advice and inhale a grand-style breakfast. While the rail-thin Knicks 7-foot-3 rookie added 11 pounds from the end of July's summer league to the start of training camp, Porzingis started to gradually drop weight as the…

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    37 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.25)”

    1. Interesting read. I’d argue that holding opponents to a league low 3pt% was probably luck more than scheme or personnel, but we have done a good job of limiting 3pt attempts. I wonder if teams get more attempts with just Zinger at center, and if so, why?

      Lance may be the second coming of Jared Jeffries. Anyone know if he likes to fish?

    2. Well, Mr. Swiss Army Knife, Lance Thomas, ends up defending guards a lot, so that probably helps our defensive numbers a little. But otherwise, it’s the same old thing, mediocre guards like Jeremy Lin and Ish Smith have field days against us.

    3. So it looks like this goes back to the whole Melo at the 4 thing. I think Aflalo is a natural 3 now. But the thing is he can only dominate on offense against smaller guards so where does that leave us with that? Jose is just trash on D.

    4. @4: It leaves us waiting for the offseason/trades. Galloway, Thomas, Anthony, Porzingis is the core of a lineup where everyone can shoot and defend. It’s just missing one player, and neither Calderon nor Afflalo are that player.

    5. @etsuke

      Missing one player to be a playoff lock.

      Missing one superstar to be a great team.

      Choose a path. You can’t have both.

    6. @etsuke

      Missing one player to be a playoff lock.

      Missing one superstar to be a great team.

      Choose a path. You can’t have both.

      Correct me if I’m mistaken, but if you have a great team wouldn’t that pretty much make you a playoff lock anyway? So you can, in fact, have both.

    7. Speaking of Zinger, awesome article by Lee Jenkins in this week’s SI about our favorite Latvian. It’s only available to subscribers, but I’m sure most of you guys can figure out a a way to read it online.

      A great read, and it’ll make you feel even better about KP (if that’s even possible)

    8. I wonder if teams get more attempts with just Zinger at center, and if so, why?

      The numbers don’t jump out at you as more than noise:
      3pa/poss 3p%
      Both in 21.6% 31.8%
      KP only 24.4% 35.7%
      Rolo only 26.2% 35.7%
      Both out 22.8% 30.3%

      One thing that does jump is how bad the defense has been with Rolo in and KP out:
      PPP
      Both in 1.042
      KP only 1.o80
      Rolo only 1.185
      Both out 1.058

    9. One thing that does jump is how bad the defense has been with Rolo in and KP out

      May just be the odd defensive scheme we play with RoLo.

      (…Where all penetrating guards are just shown the way to Lopez, and outmaneuver him, or dish it to the open big)

    10. I think I might actually go to the newstand and buy that issue, something I don’t think I have done outside an airport in 15 years….

    11. I think I might actually go to the newstand and buy that issue, something I don’t think I have done outside an airport in 15 years….

      I encourage all of you to go out and buy the issue (full disclosure: my son works for SI)

    12. Anyone intrigued by a lineup of Melo/KP/Lopez/Lance/Gallo? Guess how many minutes they’ve played together? Zero. How about Melo/KP/Lopez/Lance/anyone? Only 17 minutes (net ppp of .41!). But how does that compare to Melo/KP/Lopez and no Lance? 748 minutes (net ppp of .022).

      Fish may have tried every possible lineup in the world except the one which would work best.

    13. Melo/KP/Lopez/Lance/Gallo?

      I called for this lineup! Obviously Fish wasn’t reading!

      You know what really would be Knicks. Trading Gallo or LT. Other than KP6 they are my only untouchables on this roster. I do love the way Rolo has been playing and Melo was on a Draymond Green-esque tear before he rolled the ankle. Really worried about the lack of depth beyond that.

      Nice that KD has taken notice! Unicorn? Who over here dubbed him that? Does KD read this board?

    14. Dellavedova > Kyrie

      Takes is hot in these streets, my friends

      With the Clips underachieving (because Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers are fucking terrible and #3 and #6 in MP respectively), now is the time for the Cavs to snatch Chris Paul from LA.

      Then Dellavedova can play backup PG and off-ball guard for 30 MPG and Chris Paul can finally get ringz.

    15. This isn’t my first time bringing this up, but I really have to talk about Buddy Hield again. The kid plays basketball like Dwyane Wade but shoots it like Kyle Korver. He’s really amazing. Hield converts twos and threes at the same rate of 51% and shoots 90% from the stripe while scoring 26 points a game in a major college conference. He’s a 50/50/90 player. I’ve never seen a better shooting guard prospect coming out of college to be honest, and if he were a freshman people would be talking about him as a potential #1 pick ahead of Ben Simmons. Chad Ford currently has him #14 on his big board and other places have him going around 20 or 21. Kris Dunn is seen as the best guard in the draft but Hield is significantly better than him. The more I watch him is the more I feel he’s going to be a superstar in the league. If there’s anyway Phil Jackson could trade for a pick in this draft, then he needs to do it and turn it into Buddy Hield because he will be the steal of the draft.

    16. This isn’t my first time bringing this up, but I really have to talk about Buddy Hield again. The kid plays basketball like Dwyane Wade but shoots it like Kyle Korver. He’s really amazing. Hield converts twos and threes at the same rate of 51% and shoots 90% from the stripe while scoring 26 points a game in a major college conference. He’s a 50/50/90 player. I’ve never seen a better shooting guard prospect coming out of college to be honest, and if he were a freshman people would be talking about him as a potential #1 pick ahead of Ben Simmons. Chad Ford currently has him #14 on his big board and other places have him going around 20 or 21. Kris Dunn is seen as the best guard in the draft but Hield is significantly better than him. The more I watch him is the more I feel he’s going to be a superstar in the league. If there’s anyway Phil Jackson could trade for a pick in this draft, then he needs to do it and turn it into Buddy Hield because he will be the steal of the draft.

      I suspect that Hield will end up going higher at the end of the day – there will be just too much hype around him. The age thing is definitely an issue, though. That’s why Simmons is such an astonishing prospect.

    17. Was Boston beating Washington a better result for the Knicks than the reverse? Or was it just a simple, “Just be happy with whoever lost”? Orlando lost (good!), Miami won (bad!), Charlotte in second overtime (hopefully they lose!), Detroit won (bad!)…mixed results for the Knicks.

    18. Charlotte won in the second overtime. Crappity. And they tried so valiantly to give the game away by having Kemba Walker play hero ball all throughout the end of the fourth, the first overtime and the start of the second overtime.

    19. As January comes to a close, I presume Towns and Porzingis will once again be named the Western and Eastern Conference Rookies of the Month.

      The NBA went to Western/Eastern Conference Rookies of the Month in 1999 (before then, it was one award for the whole league, no Conference split). During that time, only once has a season had the same two players win Rookie of the Month every month. Those players? Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony (Damian Lillard was the last rookie to sweep period – then Blake Griffin before him and Chris Paul before him – Durant got beat one month by Luis Scola!)

    20. I’ve been watching this game for 50 years and I have never seem a guy dominate the league on offense as effortlessly as Steph Curry. He’s Pistol Pete in terms of making defenders look slow and foolish, onlu a much better shooter. The difference is, Pistol Pete was incredibly hyped coming out of college and underperformed in the NBA while Curry came out of nowhere (sort of) and had to prove himself as more than just a frail 3-pt specialist. Unbelievable.

    21. Mark Jackson wouldn’t have allowed that shot.

      Plus, Jowles, you’re so conscience of small sample-sizes, why would you post one 2 second clip to prove a universal statement? I think we all know that a lot of NBA players can hit a 35 foot shot. Few attempt them with time on the shot clock. System plays no part?

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