Knicks Morning News (2016.02.27)

  • [New York Post] Jose Calderon silences the critics — for one night at least (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:30:28 -0500)

    He is largely the whipping boy for many frustrated Knicks fans. The Knicks get outshot, blame Jose Calderon. Turnovers are his fault. If only there were a real point guard, the Knicks would be fighting not only for the playoffs, but also for a first-round homecourt slot. "For sure, it's not always easy to play…

  • [New York Post] Kristaps Porzingis’ best quality should encourage Knicks fans (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:39:43 -0500)

    On a night when they often looked more like the 1969 Knicks than the 2015-16 Knicks and shared the ball and played defense with Bill Bradley watching it all next to old friend Phil Jackson … well, let's let Kristaps Porzingis try to make sense of it all. "Everybody was involved, everybody was attacking, everybody…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks coach Kurt Rambis: 'We're all excited about Jerian' Grant (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:28:59 EST)

    Despite using Sasha Vujacic more than Jerian Grant since becoming interim coach, Kurt Rambis said the Knicks believe in the rookie point guard.

  • [New York Newsday] Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis spur Knicks to an easy win over Magic (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:27:34 EST)

    With the third quarter winding down, Carmelo Anthony had the ball near the top of the arc and saw Kristaps Porzingis cutting to the basket. Anthony threw a gorgeous shovel pass inside for a Porzingis dunk.

  • [New York Times] Paul Has 40 Points, 13 Assists as Clippers Top Kings 117-107 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:06:35 GMT)

    Chris Paul never focused on the discomfort he felt due to several nagging injuries. Instead, he became a major pain to the Sacramento Kings.

  • [New York Times] Raptors’ Lowry Scores 43 in Win Over Cavaliers (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:39:28 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 43 points and hit a jumper with 3.8 seconds left to break a tie as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 in a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Carter Scores 19 for Grizzlies in 112-95 Win Over Lakers (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 06:21:46 GMT)

    Vince Carter scored a season-high 19 points and five of his teammates also reached double figures to help the Memphis Grizzlies cruise to a 112-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Felton Leads Mavericks Over Nuggets in OT (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:48:27 GMT)

    Mavericks backup guard Raymond Felton took charge of a game filled with wild scoring swings to save Dallas from a near-disastrous loss, leading it to a 122-116 overtime victory against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at American Airlines Center.

  • [New York Times] Eddie Einhorn, a Creator of College Basketball on TV, Dies at 80 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:45:48 GMT)

    Mr. Einhorn, who created a sports network that propelled national interest in college basketball, was also an owner and team president of the Chicago White Sox.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 108, Magic 95: Knicks Find Balance and Break Free Fall (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 04:53:42 GMT)

    The Knicks easily handled the Magic with a balanced attack that was led by Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Rally to Beat Nuggets 122-116 in Overtime (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 04:51:31 GMT)

    Raymond Felton tied the score late in regulation and then had eight of his 16 points in overtime as the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 23 points down to beat the Denver Nuggets 122-116 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Horford Help Push Hawks Past Depleted Bulls 103-88 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 04:09:39 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 103-88 victory over the short-handed Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Raptors Edge Cavaliers and Close In on First (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:57:42 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers, 99-97.

  • [New York Times] Lowry Scores Career-High 43 as Raptors Beat Cavaliers, 99-97 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:52:03 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 99-97 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Walker Hits Game-Winner to Lead Hornets Past Pacers, 96-95 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:30:38 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 22 points and hit the game-winning shot with 2.4 seconds left to lead the Charlotte Hornets over the Indiana Pacers 96-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Add to Magic’s Woes, Win 108-95 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:15:45 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the New York Knicks quickly jumped on an Orlando team that appeared to still be staggered by Stephen Curry, beating the Magic 108-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Has Double-Double to Lead Wizards Past 76ers, 103-94 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:45:59 GMT)

    John Wall had 23 points and 11 assists to lead the Washington Wizards to a 103-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks finally win at home in February, pummel Magic 108-95 (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:01:24 GMT)

    It’s probably too little and too late, but hey, the Knicks don’t have a draft pick so it’s good to win ballgames.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Porzingis has room to improve, but Knicks believe he'll one day be 'unstoppable' (Sat, 27 Feb 2016 01:08:51 EST)

    Porzingis has room to improve, but Knicks believe he'll one day be 'unstoppable'

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    16 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.02.27)”

    1. Jose would be an excellent 3rd or 4th guard and his salary is fine for that. We need to get better so that he can fill this role next year. Hopefully Grant will improve enough so that we don’t have to break the bank on Conley.

    2. Just saw the curry highlights. Mike Breen was on full orgasm on the last 3 lol. What a shot though, wow.

    3. Phil’s latest tweet is his biggest troll move yet:

      @PhilJackson11: Never seen anything like SCurry? Remind you of Chris Jackson/ Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who had a short but brilliant run in NBA?

    4. phil has reached the point where journalists like howard beck give him the teflon trump treatment, i.e. he can say whatever ridiculous shit that he wants and the joke’s on you because whatever it is it’s all part of his act.

    5. Would Ray Allen be considered the GOAT if he played in today’s game of basketball? I think it’s an interesting discussion. Steph is ridiculous for certain, and while he certainly would have been a HOFer in any day’s game, I don’t think he would have been allowed as many opportunities as he has today.

    6. Zach Lowe ?@ZachLowe_NBA
      Abdul-Rauf shot 35% from 3 for his career, played nearly 40 percent of it when league had a shorter arc.

      It’s not a very good look for Phil — as the post on P&T put it, there’s a slight eye test resemblance — Abdul-Rauf had a quick release and could pull up from 3. And at 6’1, 160 lbs, he also looked like a string bean relative to most of the league? So, maybe some proto-Curry elements to his game. And he did lead his team to beat the 72-10 Bulls, so maybe Phil’s going down memory lane with that.

      Still it’s an inadequate comparison. Abdul-Rauf in his career best games still looks like a poor man’s Steph Curry. No one has ever done what Curry is doing before. He breaks the concept of player comparison (and also the concept of video game realism); it’s awesome.

    7. It’s funny, my first instinct is “No one should pay him heed, he’s just being a dick.” But then it occurred to me that it’s kind of weird that the Knicks’ president likes to be a dick so much that that’s the kind of reaction you get when he does dickish things. You know, like you’re not even surprised and you just shrug your shoulders at it. That’s pretty weird, all said and done.

    8. It’s funny cause Kevin Pelton referred to an article from earlier this month where Steve Kerr compares Curry to 3 players: Steve Nash, Mark Price and Abdul-Rauf. In the same article Kerr also mentioned how Klay Thompson has the best technique and shooting stroke he’s ever seen. The best shooting stroke for me was always Allan Houston, it was beautiful to watch him shoot.

    9. smdh Curry is just a product of the system

      I’d like to see him hit that shot on the Lakers

    10. Phil is an expert troll but Abdul Rauf was a 91% great FT shooter who could shoot from distance for his day and looks almost identical physically to Curry.

      But Phil is an expert troll.

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