Knicks Morning News (2016.11.20)

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  • [ESPN] Joakim Noah assesses his play: ‘It’s been really up and down’
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:31:13 PM)

    Joakim Noah assesses his play: ‘It’s been really up and down’

  • [ESPN] Kristaps Porzingis swats to support local hoops program
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 7:30:22 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis swats to support local hoops program

  • [NYDN] Knicks still have plenty of work to do on defense
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 2:42:10 PM)

    The Knicks must soon find answers for their defensive woes, or their underwhelming start will mushroom into yet another disappointing season

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Porzingis announces partnership
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:48:16 PM)

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks call up Baker from Westchester
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:01:42 PM)

    The Knicks have recalled guard Ron Baker from D-League Westchester and expect him to be available for Sunday’s noon game at the Garden against Atlanta.

  • [SNY Knicks] Porzingis faces steep bounce back challenge vs. Hawks
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:22:29 PM)

    At 21 years old, Kristaps Porzingis is still coming into his own as a force in this league. He’s just scratching the surface and his new teammates are still learning what he can do.

  • [SNY Knicks] Courtney Lee needs to play better … and fast
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:52:05 PM)

    Courtney Lee needs to step up his game for the Knicks.

  • [NYPost] Joakim Noah’s blunt take on Knicks’ defensive struggles
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:32:22 PM)

    As a former Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah was projected to be the anchor for the Knicks’ defense. Even with another reshuffling of the personnel deck, many envisioned Noah as leading the Knicks from their recent doldrums to defensive status worthy of a catchy nickname, like “Bad Boys” or “Steel Curtain,” and not…

  • [NYPost] Knicks crack down on defense as Hornacek pinpoints hustle issue
    (Saturday, November 19, 2016 3:00:37 PM)

    The defensive numbers are awful, hardly indicative of what was expected. But one positive aspect in the mess is the Knicks know exactly what they have to do. “We have to be able to stop something,” Carmelo Anthony said after a lengthy, 2 ½-hour practice and meeting Saturday. Well, something is better than nothing. And…

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    12 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.11.20)”

    1. I’m not hopeful about today’s game. On paper, this should be a loss. Schroder, Korver, Bazemore, Millsap and Howard are good and a tough matchup for the Knicks. I can see the wings raining 3’s. Millsap and Howard are beasts. They’re a good offensive team that shares the ball (the team is #2 in assists) and they play defense (ranked 9th in points allowed per game). And the bench is strong.

      Some matchup notes. Millsap on Porzingis is an interesting one. If KP is who we think he is, this is the type of player that will try and out-tough our guy. Let’s see how he holds up. Another matchup I’m concerned about is Bazemore on Melo. Anthony has been careless with the ball and Bazemore is the type of player that makes his living shutting down big scorers. I see Noah playing more minutes in this game because both he and Howard like too play in the paint. Both might foul out and betwee the two of them we’ll see some awful free throw shooting. Our advantage should be at point guard. Schroeder is young and not a great defender. He likes to take the 3-point shot and Rose needs to stop him. And about that perimeter defense, I want to see Lee glued to Korver at all times. Korver holds the dagger.

      Did anyone see the Westchester Knick game last night? They dominated, up by 30 at one point. They won 113-91 but it wasn’t that close. Plumlee and Baker were very strong. Plumlee scored 22 and grabbed 8 rebounds. Baker played an all-around strong game, very under control. He scored 15, had 6 rebounds and dished out 7 assists.

    2. I’m expecting a loss, too. Unless the D starts seriously improving, the Knicks are going to continue to struggle against good teams.

      Plumlee might be a keeper. They have him on an incredibly inexpensive deal for a few years.

      If the Knicks really intend to add Randle soon, Ron’s abilities might make Sasha the odd man out. The guy I’d really like to see the Knicks dump is LT, though, b/c I think Holiday and Kuz have made him superfluous. But, they’re stuck with him until he can at least get healthy for a possible trade.

    3. He’s probably been called underrated so many times that he’s not any more, but Milsap is one of those guys who doesn’t do anything spectacular, and at the end of the game you’re looking at 25 efficient points, 12 boards, 6 assists, a few steals and blocks, solid defense and another Hawks win.

      Very smart re-signing by Atlanta.

    4. Yes I saw the Westchester game too. Baker was smart and steady. Plumlee was beasting in front of his brother Myles, and will be a factor for the varsity team for many years to come. Randle is smooth on offense with a wet 3 point shot but he is very slight of build and will have problems on defense. The announcers were raving about Damien Inglis, who is in his fifth pro season at age 21! He is 6’11”, can pass, dribble and shoot long distance while also defend. I believe the Knicks have him under contract. Great job, Phil!

    5. THJr has been playing at a pretty high level this year. If he keeps it up I’ll throw up in my mouth a bit because the Knicks never have any luck in trading young players and there was no big indication that he was gonna be a good player…

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