Knicks Morning News (2016.01.30)

  • [New York Post] Olympics or Knicks? Kristaps Porzingis torn over summer call (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:22:39 -0500)

    Latvia or Las Vegas? Kristaps Porzingis told The Post he will have a big decision on his hands soon. Three days ago, the Latvian National Team was chosen to compete in the Olympic qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 4-10 with a chance to make it to the Summer Games in Rio. The 7-foot-3 Latvian,…

  • [New York Post] Knicks show the promise that makes inconsistency so puzzling (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:17:33 -0500)

    It seems for much of the season the Knicks have been teetering along a fine line of being a team that looks promising one moment and puzzling the next. They had displayed more of the latter recently in losing four straight games entering Friday night's Garden visit from the struggling Suns. A 22-22 record after seven…

  • [New York Post] Big risk pays off for Greek Freak’s brother in Knicks debut (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:12:36 -0500)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the Knicks' second-round draft pick in 2014, loves the nickname Greek Freak, which was handed down to his brother, Giannis, the Bucks star. But Thanasis said he feels it defines his whole family, who hail from Athens, Greece. On Friday, Thanasis Antetokounmpo made his NBA debut after signing his NBA contract, a 10-day…

  • [New York Newsday] Jerian Grant a work in progress for Knicks (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:24:53 EST)

    No fans booed or cried in disappointment when the Knicks traded for Jerian Grant on draft night. The belief was that they had found their point guard of the near future, one with some pretty impressive genes.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony nearly records triple-double as Knicks win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:03:24 EST)
  • [New York Times] Clippers Send Lakers to 9th Straight Loss With 105-93 Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 07:00:37 GMT)

    The Clippers are facing another month without Blake Griffin dominating inside. His absence has created nightly auditions for whoever wants to step up.

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 22 Points, Blazers Beat Hornets 109-91 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:51:39 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 20 off the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 109-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Hood, Favors Lead Jazz Over Timberwolves 103-90 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:48:37 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz had Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert in the starting lineup together Friday night for the first time since Nov. 30. After going 13-17 in that span without them, Utah welcomed the duo’s return for the opening tip.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Give New Coach What He Wants: More Offense (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:49:42 GMT)

    Kevin Love scored 29 points as Cleveland rolled to another high-scoring win, 114-106, over the Detroit Pistons.

  • [New York Times] Love, Irving Sharp as Cavaliers Beat Pistons 114-106 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:42:35 GMT)

    For the first time all season, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each reached 20 points in a game.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 102, Suns 84: Knicks Look Spry as They End 4-Game Slide With a Win Over the Suns (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:34:34 GMT)

    The Knicks’ victory over the Phoenix Suns was just the sort of carefree, feel-good game they needed before they face a stern test at home Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Key Duo Combine to Help Thunder Soar Over Rockets (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:27:27 GMT)

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 59 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to an 116-108 victory over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Dwyane Wade Scores 24, Heat Hold Off Bucks for 107-103 Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:18:39 GMT)

    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and hit a long jumper with 44.5 seconds left, and the Miami Heat won their third straight road game by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-103 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavs Top Nets 91-79, Williams Struggles Against Old Team (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:12:47 GMT)

    Chandler Parsons had 19 points and a season-high 10 rebounds while Deron Williams struggled in his first game against his former team and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 91-79 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Surging Celtics Prove Too Tricky for Magic (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:09:27 GMT)

    The surging Boston Celtics used balanced scoring to cruise to their fifth straight win with a 113-94 victory over the sagging Orlando Magic on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s Triple-Double Leads Thunder Past Rockets 116-108 (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:06:40 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook’s sixth triple-double of the season helped the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 116-108 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Rivers: Griffin ‘Feels Awful’ About Punching Incident (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:42:32 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into Blake Griffin’s punch-out of a team staff member and are awaiting the results of the NBA’s inquiry, which could come early next week.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Run Past Magic 113-94 for 5th Consecutive Win (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:30:46 GMT)

    Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as the Boston Celtics won a season-high fifth straight game, beating the slumping Orlando Magic 113-94 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Returns and Knicks Hand Suns 13th Straight Road Loss (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:03:35 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence, and the New York Knicks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Greek Peek: Antetokounmpo finally gets shot with Knicks (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:48:18 GMT)

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo could use a nickname like his younger brother Giannis, aka the Greek Freak.

  • [New York Daily News] Suns guard somehow dunks over Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:33:59 GMT)

    The Knicks may have won the war, but Archie Goodwin won a battle against Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks beat up on hapless Suns with Warriors on horizon (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:55:08 GMT)

    Think of it as the warm-up act in advance of Sunday’s showdown with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Carmelo Anthony too valuable for Knicks to trade (Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:13:23 EST)

    Carmelo Anthony too valuable for Knicks to trade

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    27 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.30)”

    1. Two thoughts on last night’s laugher:

      1) great job getting KP out of the game by Fisher. Game was won, and there was nothing good that would’ve come out of what was going on with KP and Warren at that point.

      2) when Melo is playing, Galloway should be the starting PG. the defense is completely different with Galloway at PG, and Gallo’s playmaking deficiencies are less of an issue with Melo on the court. It wasn’t just against the sorry Suns- our defense was also much better against the Raptors. Fish can couch it as limiting Calderon’s minutes to protect his old bones.

    2. Towns isn’t Shaq or Tim Duncan, but man is he great. It sucks that pretty much everyone of the Wolves’ draft picks aren’t projecting to be All Star caliber players as of today, because you just know he’s going to sign that 5 year max extension and be stuck on a team that will not contend for a decade.

    3. Yes we all need to do a better job of protecting Jose’s groin near the end of the bench!

      Did that come out wrong?

    4. There are going to be a lot of good NBA players from this draft. I saw Miles Turner play last week. He’s going to be excellent. And Nikola Jokic, the 41st pick, is ridiculously skilled. Guy probably should have been in the top 5 too. Looks like a pretty phenomenal draft class.

      *edit:

      I see Jokic was drafted in 2014 and stashed. Great ROOKIE class, I guess I should have said:)

    5. Towns isn’t Shaq or Tim Duncan,

      With all the NY hype about Porzingis, Towns is getting kind of lost, but he’s been the far better rookie so far.

    6. Yeah, it’s no knock on KP to say Towns is clearly the best rookie in this draft class. It was predicted that he would be a great player and it sure looks like that will be the case.

      Speaking of Melo’s passing lately, what is remarkable to me is he looks like he is having fun passing and his first priority is to pass rather than look to score now for the most part. He is even throwing some LeBron like passes, last night he threw a couple of passes in transition where he lead Afflalo and Gallo perfectly in stride for them to get layups. Melo’s passing off the dribble now is what is startling to me, in a good way. In the past he would make some nice passes but usually when he is in the half-court posting up and gets double teamed. Now he is getting assists off full-court passes and mainly off the dribble which is something he hardly did before. It really is great to watch.

    7. With Melo becoming the complete player at the same time that injuries are hampering him it reminds me of the adage that youth is wasted on the young.

    8. Draymond should be pretty well rested after today’s game. GS scored 73 in the 1st half. (Green has 10 pts, 10 rebs, and 6 assists at intermission)

    9. I don’t understand how Buddy Hield isn’t considered a can’t miss prospect at this point. ESPN had the nerve to put out an article questioning if Hield is more Jimmer Fredette or Brad Beal. Neither of those two posted a TS% over .700 in college, and neither shot 3s at a 50% clip. I think he’s the best shooting guard prospect since Harden was drafted, and shooting guard is a position where experience helps. Harden, Wade, Butler, Hayward (okay he’s listed as a 3), and Thompson all spent at least two years in college. I think Westbrook was a college two and he came out as a sophomore if I’m not mistaken.

      When you watch Buddy Hield you’ll see an NBA athlete with an NBA body, a lightning quick release, the ability to finish with both hands and great scoring instincts. He’s about as complete an offensive player you will ever see coming out.

      And Ben Simmons played okay, too.

    10. They don’t want any of this

      Fuck, if Golden State can be taken to less than a second against Philly, the Knicks should have a real shot tomorrow!

    11. hield hasn’t been a real prospect until probably this year… and seniors who light it up all of a sudden are usually very risky prospects…. he does look impressive though but he’s far from can’t miss…..

    12. Wayne Selden and Tyler Ulis, two guards we should be looking at closely in the late second, had great nights against one another

    13. @10 – Yes , youth is definitely wasted on the young. It’s too bad Melo didn’t figure out that he had these mad all around skills that would have made his teammates better and increased the odds of victory. He has great all around skills. He’s just never made it a priority to use them.

      Buddy Heild may not be “can’t miss” , but he is damn good. He can really shoot and score, even with the defender right in his grill. I’d draft him in a heartbeat.

    14. hield hasn’t been a real prospect until probably this year…

      His junior year was pretty darn good. But yes, in general, it is so out of the ordinary for a player to improve this much their last couple of years of college that it has to be at least a little worrisome. When you add in the age factor, I think there are plenty of good reasons not to be looking at Hield as a top three pick. But I think he’ll be a lottery pick for sure. He’s having such an amazing season. I’ll love to see what he can do in the NBA.

    15. Buddy Hield shoots anywhere from 4 to 700 shots a day outside of his practices and team workouts. And he was named Big 12 Player of the Year his junior season so I don’t understand the “seniors who light it up out of nowhere” comment.

    16. The Big 12 Player of the Year the year before Hield was Melvin Ejim. Being the Big 12 Player of the Year is surely a sign that a player likely has a career as a professional basketball player, but it doesn’t really mean much beyond that (Kevin Durant had the title, but so did Wayne Simien, ya know?).

      But yes, I agree that Hield’s initial leap came in his junior year, so I agree that his production this year wasn’t completely out of nowhere (although it is still extremely uncommon for a player to leap again like this in his senior year).

      But yeah, in any event, like I said before, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hield end up in the top 10, despite where he might be ranked on various prediction sites at the moment. Hard to pass up a guy playing like this on the #1 team in the country.

    17. Yeah that’s all I’m really trying to say. Hield likely would have been drafted in the 2nd round last year, which makes him one of the 60 best prospects in college for 2015. His leap up the board is ridiculous, but we’re talking about a kid who shoots like Hield does. Until Sports Reference updates the numbers, going into yesterday he shot 302 total FGA with an even 151/151 split between twos and threes. He hit 81 2PA and 79 3PA. And these aren’t just great shots in the flow of the offense. Teams are closing hard on him, they’re trying to deny him the ball, but he still manages to score 21 of OU’s last 39 points yesterday. From all accounts he is a basketball junky, and coaches have had to stop him from getting shots up before game day. Everybody remembers Ray Allen for the great shooter he was in game, but he used to get to the gym hours before a game to get his shots up. Same thing with Kobe Bryant if my memory serves me correctly here. Will Hield be either of those guys, probably not. They’re two of the five best shooting guards ever, but the signs are positive and the returns are excellent.

      At the very least, Buddy Hield will be a great NBA 3 point shooter with his quick release. We’ll see how he performs in the tournament against NBA prospects, but don’t be surprised if he shoots his way into a National Championship. I’m hoping he doesn’t and Phil can acquire him on draft night because I am dying to add him to Grant and Galloway.

    18. it’s the age thing… but more because of the age relative to your peers…. in college… as you get older your competition gets younger so by the time your a senior… dominating your competition is a given…. most of the good prospects as seniors already had a great junior year…

      for seniors who haven’t shown this level of play before… more often than not it’s an outlier due to the comp and very rarely is indicative of a real improvement…. in hield’s case he’s probably just on a really great hot streak….

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