Knicks Morning News (2016.12.31)

  • [NYTimes] Pelicans 104, Knicks 92: Top-Heavy Knicks Are Toppled by New Orleans Pelicans
    (Saturday, December 31, 2016 5:07:55 AM)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, Kristaps Porzingis 21 and Derrick Rose 20, but no other Knicks player reached double-digits.

  • [NY Newsday] Balanced Pelicans leave Knicks frustrated, upset
    (Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:18:34 AM)

    NEW ORLEANS — The Knicks are a frustrated team right now. They’re trying not to sound any alarms, but they could be getting close.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis reacts fiercely to pushy opponents
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 10:17:05 PM)

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  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony appreciates Jeff Hornacek’s support
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 8:35:08 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — Jeff Hornacek scored points with Carmelo Anthony and perhaps the rest of the Knicks when he came to his star player’s defense after his ejection from Wednesday night’s game in Atlanta.

  • [NY Newsday] Carmelo Anthony glad that Jeff Hornacek came to his defense
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 3:21:13 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — Jeff Hornacek scored points with Carmelo Anthony when he came to his star player’s defense following his ejection from Wednesday’s game in Atlanta.

  • [NYDN] Knicks have no answer for Davis in embarrassing loss to Pelicans
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 8:14:26 PM)

    Two months into the season, the Knicks are the definition of average and trending downward.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis full of praise for Pelicans star Anthony Davis
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 1:42:40 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis assembled a trove of inspirations as he prepared for the NBA.

  • [NYPost] Mistake-prone Knicks suffer embarrassing loss to Pelicans
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 5:26:44 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — Carmelo Anthony went from ejection in Atlanta to dejection in the Big Easy as his underwhelming shot-making contributed to a sickening 104-92 Knicks loss to the suddenly hot Pelicans at New Orleans Arena. Don’t look now but the Knicks are the definition of mediocre, falling to .500 at 16-16. Afterward, Jeff Hornacek…

  • [NYPost] Why Hornacek may be the anti-Rambis with Carmelo defense
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 2:08:54 PM)

    NEW ORLEANS — Coming off his Atlanta ejection, Carmelo Anthony said he appreciated coach Jeff Hornacek’s fierce defense of his scrap with Thabo Sefolosha. The Knicks coach said in a rant he saw the Atlanta guard’s hands around Anthony’s neck. Replays couldn’t confirm Hornacek’s allegation, but the thought was nice. “I just know I have…

  • [NYPost] How pre-NBA Kristaps Porzingis saw himself in Anthony Davis
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 10:03:18 AM)

    NEW ORLEANS — As much as Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis boasted in training camp his goal one day is to post a quadruple-double, he said he realizes Pelicans center Anthony Davis is likelier to perform the trick. In fact, Davis, who faced the Knicks on Friday night at New Orleans Arena, came close two…

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks have three score 20, but fall to Pelicans, 104-92
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 10:36:43 PM)

    Anthony Davis had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans won their fourth straight game, 104-92 over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Lee to sit out second consecutive game with wrist injury
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 7:52:39 PM)

    Knicks guard Courtney Lee will sit out Friday night’s game with the Pelicans with a wrist injury, the second straight game he will miss.

  • [SNY Knicks] Tonight’s Game: Knicks at Pelicans
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 6:07:10 PM)

    The Knicks travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans at 8 p.m. on Friday night.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks assign Plumlee and Baker to Westchester of the D-League
    (Friday, December 30, 2016 9:25:40 AM)

    The Knicks have assigned Marshall Plumlee and Ron Baker to Westchester of the D-League, the team announced Friday.

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    67 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2016.12.31)”

    1. I started to call the Knicks the Ronda Rousey of the NBA..you know- big name status, former glory, attention to other things taking away from focus on job- things like that. But even our beloved Knicks aren’t THAT punch drunk…sheesh! Soooo…I’ll just call the team “The Little Knicks That Could”. We’re making painfully slow progress. I though t that the bench unit would be good enough with all the youthband potential, but Phil really needs to find a way to add another veteran piece there that can actually be a consistent threat. Lance Thomas is definitely not that guy. We may hafta sacrifice Cheese and let Thomas play both forward spots so Hornacek can make room for a Lance Stephenson (yikes!) or some available wing to help Jennings and KOQ out. And somehow..some way..we hafta develop a defensive strategy. A real one. We have no identity on that end. None. Well…we do..and it happens to be that “have you seen me?” kid on the back of a milk carton. It’s embarrassing, really. How do you go from the grit of the Ewing era to a team that takes to defense with the same aplomb as Bruce from Family Guy’s favorite line?

      Em-freaking-barrassing

    2. The Carmelo NTC is going to go down as Phil’s worst move–yes, even worse than the Derrick Rose trade and the Joakim Noah signing. If phil had an ounce of negotiating skill or foresight he’d realize that despite Melo not actually being all that good anymore he’d net a bevy of picks from some contender or team on the verge (hello Boston! Hello LA!) Instead, we’re stuck with aging, declining players, most of whom play close to zero defense and aren’t all that good on offense. This is purgatory–late 2000s early 2010s Atlanta Hawks territory, where Melo is Joe Johnson. Except we’re not even as good as they were.

      If we have any kind of luck, we’ll miss the playoffs and Jackson will be fired after this season. Problem is, Jim dolan is still running the team and frankly this team will not be able to succeed until Dolan no longer calls the shots.

      Trade Melo. Burn it down. Ujiri 2017.

    3. Half of me wants to be optimistic because of the progress and potential, but the other half is too damn realistic. If it is really as bad as it feels on defense, then Hornacek and Phil should be ashamed to not have a defensive system. I have a strange feelin that if Rambis wasn’t forced on Hornacek that we would have a real coach for defense- regardless of not having a Longabardi. New pieces or not, we are too deep in the season to look clueless on defense more often than not. Noah does not hafta be mobile and whatnot to call out things on defense while he’s out there, so it’s foolish to lay most of the blame on him. Recently, he’s pretty much been playong up to what we expect. Something has got to give, I hope that behind closed doors things aren’t as non-cohesive as it looks defensively on the court

    4. Mgmt. is probably happy with the state of the team. None of them are interested in taking a package of picks and/or prospects (assuming one would even be available).

    5. Coaches can’t do much ehen handed a bad roster. We have a severe lack of talent and that’s all there is to it.

      Expecting diamonds from these turds is quite crazy or deluded.

    6. We’re 16-16, which is a better record than the following 16 teams:

      Chicago
      Milwaukee
      Indiana
      Orlando
      Detroit
      Miami
      Philly
      Brooklyn
      Sacramento
      Denver
      Portland
      New Orleans
      LA
      Minnesota
      Phoenix
      Dallas

      No, I’m not thrilled with mediocrity, but it’s not as if we’re the dregs of the league. And yes, I know, we’d be so much better off really sucking and guaranteeing ourselves a high draft pick who will surely turn into the next Anthony Davis or Karl Towns.

    7. And here is a list of teams with better record:

      Warriors
      Spurs
      Cavs
      Rockets
      Raptors
      Clippers
      Jazz
      Thunder
      Grizzlies
      Celtics
      Hornets
      Hawks
      Wizards

      And guess what, if we extend Rose (big possibility) this is the best we will get in the next 3-4 years!

      Purgatory baby!

    8. That high draft pick may not be the next AD or Karl Towns but it’s likely they’ll be at least as good as post injury Derrick Rose at a younger age and a 1/10th of the price (but probably better.)

      The Knicks have refused to do a full rebuild for two decades. Look where it’s got them. How many more times are we gonna do this song and dance about “building a future while competing now”? It’s insanity. KP alone isn’t enough to win a championship (or guarantee routine ECF appearances) and the front office isn’t as competent as Dallas was during Peak Dirk (who also had another top 10 player in Tyson that year.)

    9. Hopefully James Harden celebrated NYE a day early because otherwise the Knicks going to get debacled tonight

    10. We should strive for mediocrity because high draft picks might not be as good as Anthony Davis.

      Okay then.

    11. Silky @9 The Knicks have refused to do a full rebuild for two decades. Look where it’s got them.

      It got them to be the team with the highest value in the NBA. I wish things were different but ignoring the business angle is silly at this point. It’s the Dolan’s way and it’s working for him.

    12. So, what’s the Knicks record without Courtney Lee in the starting lineup?
      :-)

      Yeah, the NTC really haunts the Knicks. I don’t suppose there’s any chance that Rose and Melo will start to really not get along and both demand trades?

      I have a feeling that the Rockets will humiliate the Knicks tonight. Lee should stay out one more game rather than return tonight and be tasked with guarding Harden.

    13. We are getting exposed for our weak defense. The good news is that a blowout tonight might require players like Melo if they want to stay here through a tough rebuilding. Maybe there is some genius to the ntc.

    14. Dolan isn’t just interested in making a profit–he wants his team to win (just like most any owner.) He’s a pretty prideful guy.

      Regardless, I think it’s obvious that none of us ought to give a shit with how profitable the Knicks are; we’re fans, not bean counters. And as a team and as an organization the Knicks have been an unmitigated disaster for the better part of the last two decades

    15. The knicks, whether they make the playoffs or not will generate revenue for Dolan. As long as they stay competitive the owner will be happy. I don’t think getting to the first round makes a difference fiscally

    16. It got them to be the team with the highest value in the NBA. I wish things were different but ignoring the business angle is silly at this point. It’s the Dolan’s way and it’s working for him.

      Well said.

      In fact, the team is always a couple of consecutive wins away from having the same fans celebrating and feeling the title is now within reach. You can see that in this blog all the time: team wins two games, Horny and the scrubs are a talented bunch just starting to get things together. Team loses two, rebuild!

      Dolan is a master fan manipulator: when things got real bad, he paid 60 millions for the right to use a big name (phil jackson) and fans rejoiced, even to this day.

      How many fans are seeing Jackson and not the players as the real problem? Not many…they just want ‘a rebuild’, stupidly thinking the solution can come from the person who created the problem!

    17. Dolan is not a master manipulator or business man–he’s an impulsive, stupid twat who doesn’t know anything about anything and rode the coat tails of his father’s business like another New York Businessman Who Shall Not Be Named. He throws away money on coaches like nobody’s business, and the only reason the Knicks are the most valuable franchise is because they’re in the biggest media market in the country with no other team to split the market until the Nets came to Brooklyn (also the New York area’s basketball dominance at all levels in more halcyon days played a part in that it organically built a fan base for them.) A monkey on a typewriter could make the Knicks as profitable as they are currently.

      The Knicks could be league bottom feeders for years (in fact they were) and MSG would still sell out nightly. If that’s the case, then why did Dolan ever bother firing any of our terrible coaches? He would’ve saved plenty of money. It’s because owning winning sports team is a status symbol and Dolan ant to be the most appreciated guy in the room.

    18. A monkey on a typewriter could make the Knicks as profitable as they are currently

      False. A monkey on a typewriter would order a full rebuild with a no-name GM and fans would not embrace it.

      Dolan knows more than you (and the rest of us) do when it comes to the business of running the NY Knicks. Don’t underestimate the guy who sold you (and countless others) on the idea Phil Jackson was the man for the job.

    19. The truth is that stupid Knicks fans have enabled this dysfunction by unconditionally supporting this abomination of a franchise the past two decades. Any other franchise’s fanbase would’ve rioted and ignored their team with such a record level of incompetence. Either way, I maintain that a reckoning of sorts is coming for this team. Melo cannot continue to suck so bad and maintain an alpha status for long. Phil and Dolan will have to admit that moving on from him and building from the ground up is the best bet forward. If they don’t it will be even worse than the Isaiah Thomas days.

    20. Dolan knows more than you (and the rest of us) do when it comes to the business of running the NY Knicks.

      Jim Dolan is so smart he wants to spend tons of money to fool the Knicks fans instead of spending tons of money to have a really successful team, which would make him more money and get him the fame he craves. That makes total sense bruh.

    21. @23. – what makes you believe the average fan is as disdmgusted as you are? Look around this blog for a clue: most posters are on the ‘optimist’ side and feel the team is on the right path!

      Maybe you’re the one who doesn’t get it?

    22. Jim Dolan is so smart he wants to spend tons of money to fool the Knicks fans instead of spending tons of money to have a really successful team, which would make him more money and get him the fame he craves. That makes total sense bruh.

      Because it’s MUCH EASIER to sell big names than to build and run a winning team. So, Dolan rightfully decided that feeding fans big names is more likely to succeed than trying to win. Dolan welcomes and wants winning, but that’s not his top priority. His top priority is keeping the average fan hopeful and happy. He succeeds every year, as you can see daily on this blog, where the optimists far outnumber the pessimists.

      Not hard to figure out.

    23. Tanker SS Ntilikina ready to launch. Final sea-worthiness checklist review:

      (1) Vujacic still on team? check
      (2) Melonoma efficiency? check
      (3) November Rose? check
      (4) No Jerian Grant? check
      (5) Inconsistent Noah? check
      (6) No Robin Lopez? check
      (7) KOQ on schedule for new year swoon? check
      (8) Few minutes for Willy? check
      (9) Holiday regressing? check
      (10) Jennings #$@*&%$&? check
      (11) Possible Dragic trade for 1st round picks? ALERT! ALERT!

      SS Ntikilina cleared to launch on Dec 31 at 8:00pm but Captain Theo is advised to be on the look out for Heat-seeking torpedos from enemy Admiral Riley.

    24. Because it’s MUCH EASIER to sell big names than to build and run a winning team. So, Dolan rightfully decided that feeding fans big names is more likely to succeed than trying to win

      Not for an owner

    25. Silky @16 Regardless, I think it’s obvious that none of us ought to give a shit with how profitable the Knicks are; we’re fans, not bean counters.

      Totally agree. But I prefer to save myself the agony of trying to understand the Knicks’s moves based on the assumption that winning is the only goal. It’s an exercise in frustration. When I add the assumption that Big Names are just as important, it all makes sense.
      One thing I learned in my life is to never believe that people in a position of power are stupid. They may be, but more often than not they have a goal in mind, and the power and intellectual resources to implement it.

    26. In all fairness, there’s a good possibility Dolan is TRYING HARD to win, only he doesn’t know better.

      We all sssume he can because he has money, but that may not be the case. Even to hire the right people for the job (assuming he wants to delegate) is not easy.

      Mark Cuban has not done well lately, after his early success, so it’s not a trivial task.

    27. But I prefer to save myself the agony of trying to understand the Knicks’s moves based on the assumption that winning is the only goal. It’s an exercise in frustration. When I add the assumption that Big Names are just as important, it all makes sense.
      One thing I learned in my life is to never believe that people in a position of power are stupid. They may be, but more often than not they have a goal in mind, and the power and intellectual resources to implement it.

      Amen.

    28. The NBA should adopt loan rules like the Premier League so we can give Porzingis to Cleveland to crush the Warriors.

    29. Guys the Knicks are 16-16 with a team that needed much more Joakim Noah than they got. I want the Knicks to tank as bad as anybody but the ship isn’t sinking yet. We’ll be under .500 come New Years and that’s awesome but I’m certain we’ll be better. It’s really as simple as “Sasha Vujacic and Lance Thomas are terriballs and Courtney Lee is a good player.”

      Kuz, O’Quinn, and Hernangomez need to play more minutes. No way around that.

    30. @25

      what makes you believe the average fan is as disdmgusted as you are? Look around this blog for a clue: most posters are on the ‘optimist’ side and feel the team is on the right path!

      Maybe you’re the one who doesn’t get it?

      I think you misunderstood my point. I am saying that a majority of Knicks have been too content with the product over the past two decades. Had they actually refused to buy tickets, merchandise, watch and these games we’d actually have an ownership which was accountable.

    31. .500 is what we are and what everyone should have expected.

      IMO, KP got better, but not by a lot. He’s nowhere near the same caliber player as Towns. Jokic looks a lot better than him and Turner may be also. Unless, KP exploded forward this year (which he has not) we were likely to be mediocre. The only reason we are even doing this well is that instead of being horrible, Rose has been mediocre, and that’s more than a lot of us expected.

      I’m just hoping we aren’t about to go into a death spiral. I am at least hoping to enjoy the games while watching KP’s development. I’d like to see more of Hernangomez also.

    32. I think you misunderstood my point. I am saying that a majority of Knicks have been too content with the product over the past two decades. Had they actually refused to buy tickets, merchandise, watch and these games we’d actually have an ownership which was accountable.

      Most fans don’t post on blogs; most fans have a rather casual interest in the game; most fans don’t know much about the game (not because they lack intelligence – they just don’t care enough to learn beyond their level of satisfaction); most fans are happy with the product on the floor.

      Why should they (or ownership) do anything radically different?

      WE are the weirdos. We are the minority. We take the game too seriously. My solution: i root for the GS Warriors and enjoy the great games played by goid teams. I enjoy LeBron and Anthony Davis, Chris Paul and Curry, etc.

      I’m a basketball fan first and a Knicks fan second. I owe zero loyalty to a bad team and refuse to let that team negatly affect my enjoyment of the game.

    33. #36

      That’s nice and all, but I want to see a championship caliber Knicks team again before I die. I remember those 1990s Knicks team. They weren’t even in the top 10 of great teams produced in that decade when you count every Bulls championship team, both Rocket championship squads, the late 1990s Jazz, the 1990 Pistons, and the 1999 Spurs but they were so much fun to watch because they were legitimately relevant.

      I’ve followed the NBA off and on and can proudly say I’ve not attended a Knicks game in two decades or bought their merchandise. Its an embarrassment. They don’t deserve the money.

    34. You think this team is bad now, wait until you get a load of them with a 34-year old Melo earning $28M, a 33-year old Joakim Noah watching all the games from the bench in a suit, a max contract-extended Derrick Rose stinking out the joint and Lance Thomas still flailing around out there like a guy trying too hard in a pickup game.

      Phil Jackson was a great coach. He’s a poor GM.

    35. I figured this team would have problems on offense because of a low team eFG%. At the beginning of the season, this wasn’t really so much of a problem, and the Knicks eFG% was actually around league average for a while.

      It’s plummeting now. The Knicks have a ,491 team eFG%, which ranks 25th in the league. Porzingis was up around .550 earlier this year, he’s down to .517 now. Melo is down to .478, Rose down to .462. They’re regressing to the mean, and the mean resides somewhere around the bottom of the league.

      The Knicks’ record is .500, but they have a league average offense (that is trending down) and a below-average defense. Add it all up, and this is the slightly sub-.500 team the “realists” all predicted.

    36. I’m seeing 3 of Josh Hart, Luke Kennard, Grayson Allen and Shamorie Ponds in our near future so all is well. Without tanking.

    37. @41 The offense is exactly what I was expecting. The one and only reason I did not bet the under for the year was the outside shot KP would explode forward and become a real star this year. At the beginning of the season it looked like that was a possibility, but recently it has become apparent he’s not there yet.

    38. If you think Phil Jackson matters to the Knicks’ franchise value you know nothing about the business of basketball.

    39. my new years resolution is to help James Dolan become a legendary musician and leave the Knicks in the hands of competent basketball people.

      yes, new year’s eve got me all hopeful and stuff

    40. I’m perplexed as to why the talk seems to be centered around “bad Phil”, “bad Rose”, “bad Melo and his NTC”, or “bad Noah”- as opposed to “bad preparation” when it comes to some sort of defense identity. We don’t have the greatest defenders in the world, but that fact is compounded by the fact we don’t have a real defensive strategy! If guys actually took pride in defense as opposed to just talking about it, things wouldn’t look nearly as bad. The offense is fine- those guys can score an easy 108ppg without offensive ingenuity. But somebody has to start kickin guys’ asses in practice every day and letting them know he’s kicking their asses. I would love for KP to be that guy, but he’s not ready yet. He can, however, kick ass on offense in practice and let them know to the point they realize how bad it is to have someone have their way on offense.

    41. We’re fast approaching the situation both camps agreed was a disaster scenario before the season. At or slightly below .500 with an aging team without much flexibility. The only difference is the East might be weak enough that that’s enough to be the Cavs warm up dummy, in other words no lottery pick.

      I’m not just bitching though–I think we really need to make a trade(s). I’d obviously vastly prefer it be in the direction of a rebuild, but a trade with the idea of getting better immediately would at least signify a direction. I’d almost certainly be against it if we gave up anything of value (picks and Willy basically) but I’d respect the idea to some extent. This is simply not a team you should stand pat with at the deadline. Do some shit.

    42. Does anyone know why O’Quinn played just a few minutes last night and then we didn’t see him again? That’s at least the 2nd time this season I’ve seen that happen with him. His trade value is pretty high I would think right now and we would still have Noah KP Willy and Plumlee to play the five.

    43. Based on KB comments the Knicks Always need to make trades and always have a chance to sign the marquee free agent of the month ( which never happens by the way).

      How about a little continuity for a change? Their biggest short coming IMO is the putrid defense they play, especially against quicker athletic backcourts. That and their rebounding needs to improve. Hornacek and the coaching staff should be working on improving those 2 areas every day (KP, that means you need to get more boards). Let’s be real, it is unlikely they can significantly upgrade through trades, they don’t have much to offer. If they could get something useful for O’quinn, ok do it. But I doubt that will move the needle much, and he has played pretty well overall and is on a good contract, why the rush to get rid of him?

    44. If we can move him for another piece where we aren’t 5 deep we can still make that run.

    45. I would seriously consider adding one Lance Stephenson to this roster. He played very well for Memphis last year. At least on a 10 day trial. Get rid of NDour or Sasha. He would give this team a big boost.

    46. can’t really think of a thing to say – other than – i can’t really think of a thing to say…

      pretty sure last year I started tuning the knicks out around early February or so…real tough for me to watch/follow “bad” basketball and get much enjoyment…sure thankful for you guys though…

      more so than just about anything, I believe we need some continuity in the team…

      really tough to watch some of the players “play” and still think that…I’m on that part of the roller coaster ride where I’m thinking ‘burn it all to the ground’…

      truth is .500 isn’t that terrible in the NBA right now…it just feels like consistency with the players and horny is super elusive at the moment…

      it’s just really frustrating though to see the same script playing out over and over and over again…not just this year – but, year after year…ugh :-(

      guess I should be happy there are no drug, sex, weapon or abuse scandals going on at the moment…

      actually – for the most part, we have a group of guys and coach I really enjoy rooting for…just wish they’d get there shit together…feels like no matter what – one piece of the puzzle or another is always falling out of place…

      flip the Phoenix and Atlanta games, and, this deep feeling of malaise (no idea if the word fits here – but, it sounds nice) suddenly turns back to cautious. optimism…shoulda, woulda, coulda – and, not a damn thing any of us can do about it…

      only thing I’m really curious about tonight is if the rockets break 130 and if we can break 100…

      I’m desperately waiting for the magic game to begin…

    47. @geo: more so than just about anything, I believe we need some continuity in the team…

      flip the Phoenix and Atlanta games, and, this deep feeling of malaise (no idea if the word fits here – but, it sounds nice) suddenly turns back to cautious. optimism…shoulda, woulda, coulda – and, not a damn thing any of us can do about it…

      If you want continuity, you have to build a young team first. Old players decline and have to be replaced.

      The Knicks are 6-3 in games decided by 4 points are less. They’ve had a great deal of luck in regard to coin flip games. That’s why, along with all the blowout losses, pythagorean wins predicted record is a ghastly 13-19.

    48. 0.500 basketball is so nerve-wracking. I remember when we were 22 and 22 and then Melo was injured and our record drove off a cliff. That could happen anytime this season . . .

    49. Lee out again and Melo questionable with a sore knee, might be the one he had surgery on. It is possible that accumulating expensive dudes on the wrong side of 30 was not optimal.

    50. Wait fuck, Porzingis out with an Achilles injury. That’s really not good. I don’t give a fuck about anyone else just leave my Zingis alone.

    51. I think it’s the knee he bumped last night. Remember that he collided with someone on the pelicans (who was called for a foul) and the limped a bit afterwards.

    52. Just play N’Dour, Plumlee, Thomas, Sasha and Holiday and see if we can hold the Rockets under 130. No sense putting miles on anyone else.

    53. I’m reading no O’Quinn either due to flu-like symptoms. NDour will be available though (lol).

    54. Wow, tonight’s game will be one for the ages.

      Just play the kids a bunch and enjoy your favorite beverage!

      I’m looking forward to Rose and BJ trying to guard Harden. Wow.

    55. Knicks’ only shot is to move Melo to the second unit immediately, so that he aks for a trade. We could probably net a couple of picks for him. Couple that with not re-signing Rose and the least painful rebuild would be in place. The above assumes MSG feels it can sell Porzingis as the new star.

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