Knicks Morning News (2016.03.22)

  • [New York Times] Stephenson Leads Grizzlies Past Suns, 103-97 (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:57:41 GMT)

    Lance Stephenson scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled out a 103-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Green, Warriors Nip Timberwolves, 109-104 (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:12:31 GMT)

    The San Antonio Spurs have given the rest of the NBA a defensive blueprint for beating the Golden State Warriors.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers Blast Nuggets, Clinch Central Title (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:45:27 GMT)

    It isn’t the title they ultimately desire, but it’s a start. The real work is yet to come for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Wall Leads Wizards to 5th Straight Win, 117-102 Over Hawks (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:42:49 GMT)

    Jawing incessantly and playing with plenty of bravado, the Washington Wizards hardly look like a .500 team.

  • [New York Times] Drummond’s Tip-In Lifts Pistons Over Bucks 92-91 (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:36:46 GMT)

    Stan Van Gundy took Andre Drummond out fairly early in the third quarter because the franchise center wasn’t showing enough energy.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Triple-Double by James Leads Way as Cavs Clinch Division (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:29:42 GMT)

    LeBron James finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists as Cleveland overwhelmed visiting Denver for its 50th win of the season.

  • [New York Times] LeBron’s Triple-Double Leads Cavaliers to Division Title (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 03:00:59 GMT)

    LeBron James gladly talked about another triple-double, another division championship and a resounding win — No. 50 this season for the Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Hornets Stage Huge Comeback, Stun Spurs (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:57:27 GMT)

    It was another episode of Linsanity, and this time it was more surreal than ever.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Rally Late for a 109-102 Victory Over the Kings (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:49:09 GMT)

    Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson had 18 points each, Doug McDermott added 16 and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 109-102 comeback victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Lin, Hornets Erase 23-Point Deficit, Beat Spurs 91-88 (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:33:45 GMT)

    Eleven seconds into the second quarter, Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford called a timeout with his team trailing the San Antonio Spurs 30-7.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Strong Down Stretch, Hold On to Beat Magic 107-96 (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:03:40 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas had 28 points and seven assists and the Boston Celtics held on to beat the Orlando Magic 107-96 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Playoff Push Gets Jump-Start With Win Over 76ers (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:42:58 GMT)

    Paul George scored 15 points and Monta Ellis added 13 on Monday night to help the Indiana Pacers pull away from the Philadelphia 76ers, 91-75.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Tuesday's Knicks Links: 'Zero percent' chance Jackson coaches next season (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:30:11 EST)

    Tuesday's Knicks Links: 'Zero percent' chance Jackson coaches next season

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: LeBron James trolls, Carmelo Anthony toils (Tue, 22 Mar 2016 02:12:53 GMT)

    No one knows how to create drama and generate news quite like LeBron James.

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    37 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.03.22)”

    1. Apparently doctors have said Craig Seagar has got somewhere between 3-6 months according to the Real Sport piece on him. Pretty sad to hear, but he sounds pretty plucky about fighting it, so hope for all the best. Easily the best sideline guy in sports.

      Further, lot of hoopla about Evan Turner given it’s march. I seem to recall in March last year, we all but had Greg Monroe stitched up, so grain of salt really. Would be nice though if the reports were “Knicks have 0 interest in Evan Turner”.

    2. Sad to hear about Sagar. I’ve known a couple of people who had cancer supposedly go in to remission only to come back again. In each case, they died soon thereafter.

      Turner would hopefully only be some sort of fall back option. A plan D or E or some such, I hope.

    3. Further, lot of hoopla about Evan Turner given it’s march. I seem to recall in March last year, we all but had Greg Monroe stitched up, so grain of salt really. Would be nice though if the reports were “Knicks have 0 interest in Evan Turner”.

      But they were really interested in Greg Monroe. They had a meeting with him at 12:01 on the first day that teams could meet with other players. So I don’t think sources have really been off base in the past. Heck, even with the whole draft situation, there is a very good chance that the Knicks were interested in those lesser players (like Frank Kaminsky and Trey Lyles) as part of a possible trading down deal. It was never said that Jackson was interested in them at #4.

    4. It’s all part of Phil’s ingenious plan to pick up top 5 draft busts no one else wants. Derrick Williams, Evan Turner, next up – Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett.

      Do not question the Zen Master!

    5. It’s all part of Phil’s ingenious plan to pick up top 5 draft busts no one else wants. Derrick Williams, Evan Turner, next up – Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett.

      Do not question the Zen Master!

      That seems almost inevitable. I hadn’t really given it much thought until just now though…so thanks for ruining my evening.

    6. But they were really interested in Greg Monroe. They had a meeting with him at 12:01 on the first day that teams could meet with other players. So I don’t think sources have really been off base in the past. Heck, even with the whole draft situation, there is a very good chance that the Knicks were interested in those lesser players (like Frank Kaminsky and Trey Lyles) as part of a possible trading down deal. It was never said that Jackson was interested in them at #4.

      Oh yeah definitely not doubting the sources we were interested. You would be silly not to be at least interested in one of the top FA’s if you were in the market. I was moreso referring to a lot of reports that surfaced the Knicks were front runners, when in actual fact we were a few spots back. Either way I guess we just have to hold our breath when FA opens and hope for the best.

    7. Oh yeah, I agree that things can obviously take a turn and we should hope that means no Turner, but I tend to believe that the Knicks are interested in him. He sort of does fit into what Jackson has talked about – size and defense at the guard spot. Just not anything else.

    8. size and defense at the guard spot. Just not anything else.

      Still be a big step forward over this year’s guards.

    9. Definitely agreed about that. I actually do like Turner to a certain degree (the guy at least plays strong defense), but since the Knicks are foolishly not going to do an actual rebuild, they need to hit home runs with their cap space if they want to be playoff contenders next season, and spending half of it on Evan Turner is not that.

    10. Evan Turner should not be receiving a contract that pays him more than $8M a year in the new cap climate. A guard that cannot shoot threes is not worth big money. I would much rather have Jared Dudley, but Evan Turner next to Mike Conley could work out in an “I’m not Tony Allen but I’m useful” sorta way. Just get me Mike Conley and Dave Blatt and I’ll be happy.

      That really sucks to hear about Craig Sager. My prayers go out to him and his family.

    11. “Wade, Heat take down Pelicans”

      Wade: 25 points on ~24 TSA
      Whiteside: 24 points on ~14 TSA

    12. It’s all part of Phil’s ingenious plan to pick up top 5 draft busts no one else wants. Derrick Williams, Evan Turner, next up – Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett.

      Do not question the Zen Master!

      DWILL has been a good value acquisition for the Knicks at a fair price with the 3rd highest ws/48 on the team o.001 point behind max Melo

    13. Derrick Williams has a 46% TS and is a fucking scrub

      no amount of volume-scoring jerkoffery proffered by Win Shares can make me believe that 46% TS is useful when there’s peoples like Steph Curry at like 68% TS and Hassan Whiteside scoring 10 of 11 basket goals in a basketball contest on the highest professional level in the world

      Derrick Williams fucking sucks and so does Zen Maester

    14. I think Derrick Williams hasn’t been awful, but the contract was still a bad one. The Knicks got him for one year and then he leaves or gets a big raise, so they didn’t really get anything out of that one year. The team wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs and they didn’t trade him for anything. So it was a bit of a wasted deal.

    15. Derrick Williams has a 46% TS and is a fucking scrub

      Derrick Williams doesn’t have a .460TS%… Derrick Williams has a .536 TS%. Grant has a .460TS%. Jowles are you thinking of Jerian Grant?

    16. Oh I was looking at his eFG% like a true statistician

      BUT STILL A SCRUB

      seriously though he’d be a 13th man on the Spurs and they aren’t even going to make it to the Finals

      nuke the whole lot and let Dog sort ’em out

    17. Why is this board still obsessed with ws/48? Dwill blows. If you look at the Knicks top 5man lineups that have played at least 40 minutes together his name doesn’t appear at all. In fact every lineup that he’s in by that parameter the Knicks have a negative plus-minus per 100 possessions. If you want bigger samples and look at top 4 player Knicks combos his name doesn’t pop up until the 18th, 19th, and 20th best Knicks 4 man groups….which are pretty awful. His rpm is minus 2.66, 86th among power forwards. His vorp is -.2 and bpm -2.7. Plus…eye test! Awful awful defense. Please don’t pick up your option and test that market!

    18. D-Will would only be worth it even at his current contract value if he learned how to shoot 3’s. I get that it’s nice to see someone who’s good at getting to the line a lot, but his defense and >8 feet from the basket game is so horrible and WS/48 simply doesn’t capture that.

      Still better than like half our team though.

    19. D-Will is the best dunker i have seen on the Knicks in quite a few years. Better than JR, who couldn’t get the in game dunks flowing. For that, he was worth the money….

    20. D-Will is the best dunker i have seen on the Knicks in quite a few years. Better than JR, who couldn’t get the in game dunks flowing. For that, he was worth the money….

      They could’ve signed James White for the minimum probably….

      or just let Thanasis play.

    21. The Knicks season has gotten so irrelevant, that out of boredom I find myself checking the standings to see how many losses the Nets have vs. the Lakers, Suns and T-Wolves. I don’t think I could stand watching Boston get Simmons or Ingram.

    22. Whenever Melo’s out they have tremendous difficulty scoring. Look at the eighty points they just scored for their last game, when Melo wasn’t there. I vote for Williams instead of Thanasis. But Williams needs to play with Grant and Galloway, because they generate fast breaks that he’s very good at.

    23. Bruh when Melo is on the court he has trouble scoring

      do not even start that synergy bullshit, many of his shots are iso-melo with 4 other dudes standing around waiting for the brick

      it’s like buying a Burlington Coat Factory suit for $1,000, wearing it and being like, “Yeah, well otherwise I’d be naked!”

      nah dude you’d have a different suit and it might actually look better than that Burlington garbage

    24. do not even start that synergy bullshit, many of his shots are iso-melo with 4 other dudes standing around waiting for the brick

      Jowels synergy is real. I agree if its just Iso it doesn’t matter as much but overall it does. If you have a good scorer the defense will shift or even double team.

    25. D-Will is the best dunker i have seen on the Knicks in quite a few years.

      Tyson Chandler would like a word with you…

      Unless you mean “best dunker” in the sense of “best dunker who could win a dunk contest” in which case, ok. But for pure volume of dunks and the ability to bend a defense with the threat of those dunks, how could you forget about Tyson?

    26. The ineptitude of the Phil Jackson era has pretty much killed my enthusiasm for the Knicks. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. We’re still built around an overrated volume scorer, we still play shit defense, we still have a paucity of future draft picks, we’re still playing dead-end seasons with no draft pick as a reward for our suckitude, we still have a dimwit coach… Fuck this shit already.

      Baseball season is starting.

    27. We’re still built around an overrated volume scorer

      Here’s a brain teaser. If everyone says that someone or something is overrated do they become underrated?

    28. Here’s a brain teaser. If everyone says that someone or something is overrated do they become underrated?

      yes, and Melo still has a mega-max contract with a no-trade clause

    29. Actually, most people are now aware of the fact that Melo is an incredibly shitty value on a max contract with a no-trade clause, so maybe you’re onto something.

    30. Tyson Chandler would like a word with you…

      Unless you mean “best dunker” in the sense of “best dunker who could win a dunk contest” in which case, ok. But for pure volume of dunks and the ability to bend a defense with the threat of those dunks, how could you forget about Tyson?

      I bow to no one in my love for what T-1000 did for the Knicks. And he did dunk a lot and impressively. But from a pure entertainment perspective, which was what I was really discussing, I still got to give it to Williams.

    31. JR Smith did have some pretty impressive dunks during his time on the Knicks. The 2 that immediately come to mind are the double alley-oop (with Shump I think?) and the alley-oop reverse dunk that he had to reach down to dunk, almost like an alley-oop version of the Harold Miner dunk. He did that IN GAME!?!

    32. Did DW dunk a basketball off his own head to lose a meaningful game? I didn’t think so. Pure schadenfreude gold. Of course, if dunk attempts count, nothing can top Air Bargnani.

    33. I thought JR lost a step and some inches off his vert because his explosiveness in Denver was on another level. I do remember his dunk in the playoffs against Miami though. That was awesome. I think that was better than the double alley.

      Speaking of Dunks is it weird that the put back dunks have been what stood out for some of the knicks recent rookies? When Shump was a rookie that was something that stood out. Not so much with Hardaway but last year when Gallo first started playing he was following up misses with crushing dunks. Then this year KP had many put back dunks to start the year.

    34. trying to find video of Nate Robinson’s putback dunk as a rookie in summer league

      it’s been like 11 years and it’s still burned into my memory

      also Landry Fields dunked all over his rookie year

      then Carmelo came

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