Knicks Morning News (2016.01.31)

  • [New York Times] Jrue Holiday Sinks Jumper to Send Pelicans Past Nets (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:03:53 GMT)

    Holiday’s shot, a 15-footer with 1.3 seconds to play, gave New Orleans its fifth win in six games. But it was almost not the shot of the night: Joe Johnson nearly made a 41-footer at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:53:51 GMT)

    Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (the worst team in the league), and Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors (the best team on the planet), find themselves in disparate roles.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Cavaliers Finally Beat the Spurs (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:44:13 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 29 points, and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving each added 21 as Cleveland took down the Spurs, winning its fourth straight under Coach Tyronn Lue.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Powers High-Octane Cavs to 117-103 Win Over Spurs (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:18:32 GMT)

    Blasting toward the basket, LeBron James didn’t break his stride as he flicked away Patty Mills, sending the San Antonio guard sprawling across the floor.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Hold Off Pistons to Stretch Record Streak to 11 Wins (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:06:30 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points as the Toronto Raptors held off a late charge by the Detroit Pistons to improve their franchise-record winning streak to 11 games with a 111-107 home victory on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Green Scores 29, Gasol 22 as Grizzlies Defeat Kings 121-117 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:27:32 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 29 points, Marc Gasol had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies thwarted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings 121-117 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Flirts With Triple-Double, Wizards Beat Rockets 123-122 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:06:34 GMT)

    John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied for a 123-122 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Ellis Scores 32 Points, Pacers Beat Nuggets 109-105 in OT (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 03:45:42 GMT)

    Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis had a few chances to close out the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. He missed on his first try while regulation ended but put the Pacers over the top in overtime.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Beat Nets 105-103 on Holiday’s Winning Jumper (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:51:50 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Brooklyn Nets, 105-103 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Power Past Pistons for 11th Straight Win, 111-107 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 02:36:47 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 111-107 on Saturday night to push the team’s franchise-best win streak to 11 consecutive games.

  • [New York Times] Barnes’ Late 3-Pointer Lifts Warriors Over 76ers, 108-105 (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:58:08 GMT)

    This was a game even the Warriors felt they should have lost.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Brett Brown and Steve Kerr: Coaches With Much in Common, Aside From Records (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:50:21 GMT)

    Brown, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (the worst team in the league), and Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors (the best team on the planet), find themselves in disparate roles.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Warriors could face same fate vs. Knicks as ’96 Bulls (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:39:53 GMT)

    Michael Jordan was in the building and Prince, who at the time was being called “the artist formerly known as” was seated courtside.

  • [New York Daily News] Steph Curry, Warriors bring ‘rock star tour’ to the Garden (Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:06:12 GMT)

    The perfect star for social media is making his only Garden appearance of the season on Sunday night.

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    19 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.01.31)”

    1. For those who have thought playing in the Popovich system might improve LaMarcus Aldridge’s efficiency:

      TS% career: .532
      TS% 2015-1016: .533

      Also, he continues to take a high % of long range jumpers (30% from 16 feet or more) where he shoots right around 40%.

      Which tells you that the Spurs success this year is mostly about Kawhi Leonard rising to a top 3 level and not about Aldridge being the “missing piece”

    2. I think Tim Duncan’s efficiency has been in the .530 realm for a lot of SA’s successful seasons. Aldridge is basically taking that role, as Duncan (and Diaw’s (the 2nd and 4th most minutes played last year)) role diminishes.

      Leonard is awesome, and deserves tons of credit. But I don’t think anybody thought San Antonio would fall apart because they went after Aldridge, even the most dogmatic efficiency zealots.

    3. I’m certainly not one of those zealots, and I didn’t think adding Aldridge would necessarily hurt the Spurs. My point was that Aldridge is the same player he’s always been, except now he’s taking about 13 inefficient shots a game instead of 20.

      And FWIW, Duncan’s career TS is .551.

    4. @1 — or maybe Popovich realizes that have a big guy take a lot of long jump shots with average efficiency might open things up for other players? For what it’s worth, Duncan has a career TS% of .551, which pretty mediocre for a low post center (Duncan is, and for most of his career has been, a center, not a PF. Yet, everyone views him as an all-time great. I’m not sure how the guys around here who think that TS% is the sole measure of what makes a good player reconcile that.

    5. I’m not sure how the guys around here who think that TS% is the sole measure of what makes a good player reconcile that.

      I don’t think that’s a contingent that actually exists. Rondo and Rubio rank very well by WP, for example, and their TS’ are terrible. Duncan is an all-time great but he didn’t derive the majority of his value via scoring.

    6. Duncan has posted a sub .540 TS% 7 times, including a few of his championship seasons.

      If “Pop’s System” (which changes every year, so I’m not sure it can really be called that) has done anything for Aldridge it has been to significantly cut down his usage. But, keep in mind, Aldridge’s Portland teams averaged close to a .600 winning% over the past 7 years, with Aldridge leading the team in usage and having a sub .540 TS%.

    7. Is anyone seriously comparing LaMarcus Aldridge to Tim Duncan??? An every other year all-star all-star to a top-15 all time great???

      Tim Duncan has has 11 seasons wit a +.200 WS48, including at age 38 and has a career WS48 of .210 (.197 in the playoffs). LMA has never cracked the .200 barrier and has a career WS48 0f .147 (.069 in 34 playoff games.)

      Here’s a comparison after 10 seasons (they were the same age and played a similar amount of minutes). There is really no comparison.

      http://bkref.com/tiny/6Mdn2

    8. As to LMA’s impact on SA, the main issue is with his salary…is he really a max player? We won’t really be able to judge his impact until the playoffs, where LMA has historically been a below-average player.

    9. ZMan — No, I am not saying that Aldridge is anywhere near the player Duncan is. I was merely saying that mediocre TS% does not necessarily = bad player, or that high TS% = great offensive player as some people here seem to think (you know, the guys who continue to insist that Tyson Chandler is an all-time great offensive player). You have made my point by showing how great Duncan is despite mediocre shooting.

    10. not sure how the guys around here who think that TS% is the sole measure of what makes a good player reconcile that.

      the guys who continue to insist that Tyson Chandler is an all-time great offensive player

      You are literally the only person here who says this shit.

    11. DRed — are you saying that there are no people around here who think that Chandler is a great offensive player? Go back and read some of the Chandler debates. There were numerous people arguing that he was some great offensive weapon. Their primary argument? His other-worldly TS%.

    12. Is anyone seriously comparing LaMarcus Aldridge to Tim Duncan???

      I think if you retread what was written on this thread you wouldn’t need to ask this question.

      re:Chandler, he’s the career leader in O-rating, I think, which is why his name comes up in conversation. But that is just a stat speaking, not a person, and I haven’t heard anybody state that he is the greatest offensive player ever.

    13. Agree, at least Caldy and Oaq look like negative value contracts right now, but so does Morris. And Bledsoe is out for the rest of the season, so if the Suns are looking for a total reboot, not inconceivable…

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