Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Apr 08 2012)

  • [New York Times] Through Titles and Tangles, Lakers’ Bryant Remains Enigmatic (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 06:30:10 GMT)

    At 33, the oldest first-team all-N.B.A. player by six years, Kobe Bryant has overcome injury and his own rash mistakes to become one of the Lakers’ greatest.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Celtics Slow Down the Pacers and Steady Themselves (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 06:24:16 GMT)

    The Celtics defeated the Pacers, a potential first-round playoff opponent, and added to their lead in the Atlantic Division.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Fall Flat in 112-97 Loss to Warriors (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:27:14 GMT)

    David Lee had 17 points and nine rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors got a big lift from their bench to put a dent in Denver’s playoff hopes with a 112-97 victory over the Nuggets on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Howard’s Big Night Helps Magic End Five-Game Skid (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:27:35 GMT)

    Orlando’s Dwight Howard was back to his dominating best on Saturday with 20 points and 22 rebounds as the Magic ended a five-game losing streak with an 88-82 victory over Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Blast Kings for 8th Win in 9 Games (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:18:33 GMT)

    Blake Griffin had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Randy Foye scored 25 points while hitting seven 3-pointers, and the surging Los Angeles Clippers moved within a half-game of the Pacific Division lead with a 109-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Without Kobe, Lakers Fall to Phoenix 125-105 (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:30:33 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers played their first game without Kobe Bryant in two seasons, and it wasn’t pretty.

  • [New York Times] Astros Strike Early, End Moyer’s Win Bid (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 04:09:15 GMT)

    The Houston Astros spoiled 49-year-old Jamie Moyer’s bid to become the oldest Major League pitcher to win a game on Saturday, cruising past the Colorado Rockies 7-3.

  • [New York Times] Magic Snap 5-Game Skid in 88-82 Win Over 76ers (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:21:22 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had 20 points and 22 rebounds, and Glen Davis had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 88-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bucks With Fourth Straight, Move Closer to 8th (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:24:23 GMT)

    Beno Udrih scored a season-high 21 points, Brandon Jennings also added 21, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-94 on Saturday night to tighten the race for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Take Big Early Lead, Hold Off Mavericks (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:15:22 GMT)

    Rudy Gay scored 25 points, Zach Randolph added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a big early lead and held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 94-89 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith, Kaman Lead Hornets Past Timberwolves (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 02:54:27 GMT)

    Jason Smith had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 99-90 victory over the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Bench Leads Hawks Over Bobcats 116-96 (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:33:15 GMT)

    Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew likes his team’s focus as it makes a final push toward the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Bryant Sits Out Suns Game With Injured Left Shin (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:36:16 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant sat out the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night because of an injured left shin, ending his consecutive games streak at 138.

  • [New York Times] Howard’s Big Night Helps Magic End Five-Game Skid (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:57:19 GMT)

    Orlando’s Dwight Howard was back to his dominating best on Saturday with 20 points and 22 rebounds as the Magic ended a five-game losing streak with an 88-82 victory over Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia.

  • [New York Daily News] Rose could be thorn in Knicks’ side (Sun, 08 Apr 2012 05:03:36 GMT)

    He’s back, just in time to complicate the Knicks’ push for a playoff spot. No, it’s not Isiah Thomas. Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is back and in the Knicks’ way.

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    11 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Apr 08 2012)”

    1. Most interesting 28-27 team in the history of pro sports.

      I ran into a Heat fan on a random FB thread and, even though they obviously have a great squad, I thought to myself, what a pathetic little man. I mean, there are probably more Knick fans in Miami than there are Heat fans. That’s really the ultimate knock against LBJ. The Knicks are so important to so many people. No other franchise can come close to matching our epic struggle. They could win a Championship down there and it won’t make nearly the cultural ripple of a gritty NYK stretch run.

      Big game today. GO NYK!!!

    2. danvt: I mean, there are probably more Knick fans in Miami than there are Heat fans.

      That was meant to be tongue in cheek. Probably, actually, more Heat fans, but I’d love to see, if there were, numbers on the amount of Knick fans there are in given cities, and, what proportion of the NBA fans of that city they make up.

    3. Looking at data on hoopdata.com. They have a category “expected eFG%” based on shoot taken at the rim, short range, mid range, long 2, and 3 pointer. The ratio between our epected efg% and our true efg% is one of the worst in the league. Meaning we’re not taking bad shots, we’re just bricking them worse than we should. When you consider we have Novak and Chandler – effeciency experts both! – that is pretty amazing. Melo’s struggles this year play a part but our guards outside of JLin have been horrendous offensively. Shump has been improving lately. Smith too the last few games. But overall, Davis, Shump, Smith, ________ (or can we name him again after the last game?), Fields, and of course the Shot of the Living Dead just have not hit shots. This season would look totally different if the guards just hit shots at an NBA average rate. Looking at next year, if Shump keeps improving, if we have Lin for a full year, if there is a return to form for TDDWTDD, if Smith stays with the knicks and shoots more like his career shows he should, we could be in good shape even if Melo isn’t amazing.

    4. gjknick:
      Looking at data on hoopdata.com. They have a category “expected eFG%” based on shoot taken at the rim, short range, mid range, long 2, and 3 pointer. The ratio between our epected efg% and our true efg% is one of the worst in the league. Meaning we’re not taking bad shots, we’re just bricking them worse than we should. When you consider we have Novak and Chandler – effeciency experts both! – that is pretty amazing. Melo’s struggles this year play a part but our guards outside of JLin have been horrendous offensively. Shump has been improving lately. Smith too the last few games. But overall, Davis, Shump, Smith, ________ (or can we name him again after the last game?), Fields, and of course the Shot of the Living Dead just have not hit shots. This season would look totally different if the guards just hit shots at an NBA average rate. Looking at next year, if Shump keeps improving, if we have Lin for a full year, if there is a return to form for TDDWTDD, if Smith stays with the knicks and shoots more like his career shows he should, we could be in good shape even if Melo isn’t amazing.

      Not only that, the Knicks have one of the best point differentials in the league (top 6 or 7 I think) despite having one of the most ridiculous seasons of anyone in the league. If they could simply hit free throws that number would be even higher, and imagine if Lin, Davis, JR, and Novak had been playing all season. This team’s performance during Mike Woodson’s term is far more indicative of the team’s capabilities than the pre-Linsanity games, and the team has still been winning games even though they’re missing 3 of their top 7 players.

    5. gjknick:
      Looking at data on hoopdata.com. They have a category “expected eFG%” based on shoot taken at the rim, short range, mid range, long 2, and 3 pointer. The ratio between our epected efg% and our true efg% is one of the worst in the league.

      That is really cool. Kind of like a BABIP for basketball. Of course, Juany8 would say that it’s meaningless because it’s from a box score, but…

    6. I said I’d be a believer if we still looked great after these two chicago. So far so good.

    7. Gorky:

      1) Not necessarily.
      2) They’re up 17-3 with 7 assists on 8 buckets.
      3) stfu

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