Knicks Morning News (Monday, Dec 26 2011)

  • [New York Times] Knicks 106, Celtics 104: Knicks Edge Celtics as the N.B.A. Returns (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:47:32 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points as the Knicks defeated the Celtics in the N.B.A.’s belated return after a long, strange off-season.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 88, Lakers 87: Lakers Stumble in Final Seconds and Fall to Bulls (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:47:23 GMT)

    The Lakers blew a 6-point lead in the final minute against the Bulls, falling in the N.B.A. season opener and marking the 10th loss in their string of 14 annual Christmas games.

  • [New York Times] Heat 105, Mavericks 94: Mavericks Humbled by Heat in Season Opener (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:48:07 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 37 points and Dwyane Wade had 26 as the Heat put on a devastating show of dunks and defense, routing the defending champion Mavericks.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Holding Howard in Check, Thunder Open With a Win (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:48:08 GMT)

    Aided by 30 points from Kevin Durant, the Thunder defeated the visiting Magic, which looked like a team that was still dealing with the distraction of Dwight Howard’s trade demands.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Rookie Shumpert to Miss 2-4 Weeks (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:47:23 GMT)

    Iman Shumpert, the 17th pick in the June draft, sustained a right knee injury Sunday that will leave him on the sideline for up to a month.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Plans to Chip Away (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:54:04 GMT)

    “Pound the Rock” is written on the walls of the team’s practice gym and in the locker room.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Scores 37 Points, Heat Beat Mavs 105-94 (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 08:24:32 GMT)

    While Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks were on the court celebrating the championship they won over LeBron James and Dwyane Wade last season, the Miami Heat were gathered in another part of the building.

  • [New York Times] Chris Paul, Clips Beat Warriors 105-86 in Opener (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:33:34 GMT)

    Prize acquisition Chris Paul had 20 points and nine assists in his much-anticipated Clippers debut, Blake Griffin added 22 points and seven rebounds and Los Angeles beat the Golden State Warriors 105-86 on Sunday night to spoil Mark Jackson’s opener as a first-time coach.

  • [New York Times] Durant Helps Thunder Beat Magic in Opener (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:03:36 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 30 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder win their season opener with a 97-89 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Star Players Shine as NBA Makes Christmas Return (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 01:54:30 GMT)

    By Simon Evans

  • [New York Times] Bulls Rally to Stun Lakers on Rose’s Winner (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 01:21:32 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored 22 points and hit a short go-ahead jumper with 4.8 seconds to play, and the Chicago Bulls rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes for an 88-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] NBA Commissioner Stern Hears Boos at Dallas Opener (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:06:29 GMT)

    NBA Commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from Mavericks fans.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Edge Celtics 106-104 on Anthony Foul Shots (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 02:42:42 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks know it will never be easy against the Celtics.

  • [New York Times] Sports of The Times: Billy Hunter Considers N.B.A. Lockout’s Effects (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:40:10 GMT)

    A truncated season is under way, but the players association director Billy Hunter says it is too soon to ascertain the labor conflict’s winners and losers.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: N.B.A. Openers Showcase Stars and Big-Market Rivalries (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:47:23 GMT)

    The Knicks’ victory against the Celtics came on an opening day featuring traditional rivalries and some of the league’s biggest stars.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Photo Replay: Dec. 25 (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:48:14 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, including two free throws with 16 seconds left, as the Knicks survived a seesaw season opener against the Celtics.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Photo Replay: Dec. 25 (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:48:27 GMT)

    A look at season-opening games played in Dallas, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Daily News] ChandlerALL is leader of Knicks’ swat team (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:26:34 GMT)

    When the Knicks acquired Tyson Chandler via a sign and trade earlier this month, his addition was hailed as a smart move for a team that hasn’t always appeared keen about playing defense.

  • [New York Daily News] Iman Shumpert out 2-4 weeks (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:18:02 GMT)

    Iman Shumpert was told by his Knicks teammates there would be some bumps in the road of his rookie season. But he never envisioned those bumps would occur in his NBA debut and possibly keep him sidelined for one month.

  • [New York Daily News] Pierce injury is Knicks’ Christmas gift (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 04:16:42 GMT)

    The first of the Knicks’ Christmas presents arrived in t he Garden at 10:40 on Sunday morning, wrapped in a crisp blue pinstripe suit and a red tie:

  • [New York Daily News] Celtics struggle without Pierce (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:57:44 GMT)

    When Boston’s Paul Pierce arrived at the Garden and announced that his injured right heel would keep him from playing, it figured the Celtics would miss him. When they missed four of their five shots in the final two minutes of a 106-104 loss to the Knicks, there was the proof.

  • [New York Daily News] Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys cheer Knicks (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:37:20 GMT)

    The Knicks gave their hoops-starved fans the ultimate Christmas gift Sunday, eking out a heart-stopping win over the Celtics in the season-opener at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo leads Knicks to comeback win (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:28:49 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony saved Christmas for the Knicks. Anthony scored 17 fourth quarter points as the Knicks overcame a 10-point deficit and opened the NBA season with a 106-104 victory over the Boston Celtics.

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Walker furious after getting shoved by Celtics’ Garnett (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:07:23 -0500)

    Bill Walker said perhaps if it weren’t Christmas yesterday, there would be a score to settle with Kevin Garnett and indicated the Celtics forward is known for his dirty antics.
    Walker, an ex-Celtic, got into a heated scrap with Garnett after the final buzzer of the Knicks’ 106-104 victory…

  • [New York Post] Anthony delivers Xmas victory with big fourth (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:05:39 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony began his first full season in New York yesterday by saving Christmas.
    The Celtics were without Paul Pierce. The Knicks were without a killer instinct. They blew a 17-point first-half lead and sweated it out until the final ticks as Anthony willed them to a season-opening 106-104 nailbiter…

  • [New York Post] Garden full of holiday cheer (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:05:15 -0500)

    The ball was in Kevin Garnett’s hands, and that meant Madison Square Garden was fully, loudly engaged since Garnett has quickly become something of a Bond Villain here over the past two years. Garnett had shaken free of Tyson Chandler, and now he had Bill Walker in his face…

  • [New York Post] Oh, Iman! Knicks’ rook to miss 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:04:53 -0500)

    Iman Shumpert is now going to be dealing with the same thing as Giants rookie Prince Amukamara â?? getting hurt at the start of his rookie year and hurting his development.
    Shumpert, the Knicks’ impressive first-round pick, suffered a sprained right MCL in yesterday’s 106-104 season-opening victory over the Celtics…

  • [New York Post] Chandler helps Knicks put â??D’ clamps on Celts (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:04:31 -0500)

    To Tyson Chandler, the story of the Knicks’ scrappy, season-opening win over the Celtics was written all over his face.
    “It’s not going to come easy with them,â? the new Knicks center said after the 106-104 Christmas victory yesterday at Madison Square Garden. “You can see my face. My…

  • [New York Post] Amar’e scores 21, gives assist to MSG staff (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:04:06 -0500)

    Amar’e Stoudemire performed his good deed early on Christmas, staging a 9:30 a.m. breakfast party yesterday morning for a few hundred Garden employees forced to work on the holiday.
    “They work here but never get a chance to see the players â?? the janitors, cooks, ushers,” Stoudemire said…

  • [New York Post] Celtics’ Rondo makes strong opening point (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 06:03:26 -0500)

    Rajon Rondo has heard his name bandied about in trade rumors for the past few weeks. When he took the floor against the Knicks yesterday, the point guard played like he wanted to show the Celtics why they would be better off keeping him.
    Rondo was spectacular, almost single-handedly carrying…

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    9 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Monday, Dec 26 2011)”

    1. great W vs Celts – WhooHoo!!!!

      i wonder about Action ‘Helicopter’ Jackson. A very convincing spkr. has gift of gab. If Warriors have 40 losses after 50 games then what?

    2. BahoPuwet:
      great W vs Celts – WhooHoo!!!!

      i wonder about Action ‘Helicopter’ Jackson. A very convincing spkr. has gift of gab. If Warriors have 40 losses after 50 games then what?

      if the “gift of gab” means consistently sounding like an idiot, then he sure does have it. I would be rooting for him to fall on his face as a coach, except that would mean we would probably have to hear him in the broadcast booth again (Chris Mullin was ten times better in his first game than Fatass Jackson ever was).

    3. I think the Warriors are gonna stink, because they don’t play defense and their coach is an idiot. So far they look like crap and I’m not surprised.

    4. jon abbey: if the “gift of gab” means consistently sounding like an idiot, then he sure does have it. I would be rooting for him to fall on his face as a coach, except that would mean we would probably have to hear him in the broadcast booth again (Chris Mullin was ten times better in his first game than Fatass Jackson ever was).

      Agree 1000%. I do happen to still enjoy watching David Lee, so I wouldn’t mind the Warriors turning into a surprise up-and-coming team. The added bonus would be solidifying Jax as a coach for a middling franchise and keeping him far, far away from the broadcast booth.

      Seriously, what is up with the constant, non-stop adulation of his colleagues? They went on and on about Jackson’s debut last night, as if anybody would ever pay to watch the man coach. I started thinking to myself: they’re just talking him up as a coach because they ALSO don’t want him to ever return to broadcasting!

      IMO, the Warriors are doomed until they shake up that back-court. I’d trade Ellis if I were them. I think the dude is a cancer, the sort of guy who has a negative effect on team play.

    5. For what it’s worth I thought Mullin was awful, then again I thought he awful in studio as well. Less annoying than Jackson, though. I think the Warriors game will be a test for the Knicks as we don’t match up well with their guards esp. if Bibby gets a lot of minutes. If the Knicks don’t get back in transition better than they did against Boston, it could be a track meet which would give Golden State a great chance to get a win.

    6. The Warriors are a tricky team. As many have noted, their three best players are all poor defenders. Plus both of their guards want the ball all the time. Really, Monta Ellis practically needs to be traded. Meanwhile, they need to pair Lee with a good defensive center who won’t clog the post so that Lee can roam. Last year, Biedrins was not that player and they got a lot better when Udoh was paired with Lee. However, they also have a very sparse bench, talent-wise. I could see them challenging for a playoff spot, but I think they’re still a year (and a few personnel moves) away.

      It still makes me laugh to see Jax and Lee paired together. What a weird combo.

    7. Their interior defense is laughably bad though. Biedrins is an okay defender I guess but he’s too skinny to play the 5 and ends up fouling all the time, leading to free throws also known as easy points. Lee is of course a joke as a defensive player and Curry and Ellis are just as porous. That team is like an Isiah Thomas team.

    8. Yeah, that’s why Udoh and Lee were such a good pair last season (and why they were so obsessed with getting a Chandler-type to play center).

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