Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Feb 05 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] It’s Lin-sanity! Knicks score win over Nets (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 09:01:01 GMT)

    The point guard is Harvard-educated, but the head coach is the real genius for trusting his gut at a time when just about everyone is looking to chop off his head.

  • [New York Daily News] No Net gain to show for Deron effort (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:50:09 GMT)

    The Nets’ Deron Williams catches a break Monday. He gets to play Derrick Rose and doesn’t have to try to stop Jeremy Lin.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks coach D’Antoni ‘can’t panic’ over future (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 01:30:34 GMT)

    Mike D’Antoni says he “can’t panic” over his job security despite the Knicks early struggles and despite Madison Square Garden management refusing to publicly endorse the embattled head coach. “I don’t know, when do you panic?” D’Antoni said prior to Saturday’s game against the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 99, Nets 92: Lin Sparks Knicks, to Crowd’s Delight and D’Antoni’s Relief (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 06:10:09 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin had a team-high 25 points, nearly doubling his previous career high of 13, and finished with 7 assists and 5 rebounds, in the Knicks’ victory against the Nets.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Give N.B.A. a Jolt That Just Might Endure (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:14:50 GMT)

    With the addition of Chris Paul, the Clippers have become a hit in Los Angeles, capable of going beyond mere highlights, as in last Monday’s victory over Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Keeping Score: Fewer Slams, but Rookie Makes Mark With Efficiency (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 06:09:08 GMT)

    As a rookie, Kyrie Irving hasn’t made quite the same splash as Blake Griffin in the 2010-11 season, but the statistics reveal a player whose substance more than makes up for his lack of style.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Parker Scores 42 Points, Sets Franchise Assist Record in Spurs’ Win Over Thunder (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 06:20:07 GMT)

    Tony Parker broke the Spurs’ franchise record for career assists, leading host San Antonio to a 107-96 win over N.B.A.-best Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] An Up-and-Down Night for Deron Williams (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 08:09:08 GMT)

    Deron Williams, the Nets’ point guard, scored 21 points and had 11 assists in a losing effort for his injury-riddled team.

  • [New York Times] Bo Kimble, Ex-Loyola Marymount Star, Goes Coast to Coast (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:15:08 GMT)

    Bo Kimble, once the leading scorer in the nation, hopes to be a head coach someday. For now, he is an assistant working with a community college team that is experimenting with fast-break basketball.

  • [New York Times] Thornton, Evans Lead Kings Over Warriors in OT (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 06:06:31 GMT)

    Marcus Thornton scored 28 points and Tyreke Evans had 26 points and nine assists to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Golden State Warriors 114-106 in overtime Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Batum Scores 33 Points to Help Blazers Top Nuggets (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:42:30 GMT)

    Nicolas Batum set a Trail Blazers record with nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 33 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-97 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Parker’s 42 Helps Spurs Steal Oklahoma’s Thunder (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 06:55:34 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored a season-high 42 points to propel the San Antonio Spurs past the league-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 107-96 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Send Lakers to Another Road Loss, 96-87 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:00:40 GMT)

    Al Jefferson scored 18 points, Paul Millsap had 16, and Earl Watson keyed a game-clinching 14-0 fourth quarter run to help the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 96-87 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Robin Lopez Sparks Suns Past Bobcats 95-89 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:12:47 GMT)

    Rarely used Robin Lopez scored nine consecutive points to spark a 12-2 run starting the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat Charlotte 95-89 Saturday night, the Bobcats’ 11th consecutive loss.

  • [New York Times] Parker’s 42 Powers Spurs Past NBA-Best Thunder (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 04:45:56 GMT)

    Tony Parker scored 42 points and broke the San Antonio Spurs franchise record for career assists, leading a 107-96 win over the NBA-best Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Deng Scores 21 in Return From Injury (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:27:48 GMT)

    Derrick Rose knows how important Luol Deng is to the Chicago Bulls.

  • [New York Times] Love Leads T-Wolves Past Rockets 100-91 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 03:36:57 GMT)

    Kevin Love scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and Luke Ridnour added 22 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Houston Rockets 100-91 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Howard Scores 27, Magic Beat Pacers 85-81 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 03:25:04 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 85-81 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Irving Leads Cavs Over Mavericks (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 04:24:36 GMT)

    One spectacular late-game layup in a week wasn’t enough for rookie Kyrie Irving.

  • [New York Times] Lin’s Career Night Leads Knicks Over Nets, 99-92 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 03:18:57 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 25 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a back-to-back-to-back set by beating the New Jersey Nets 99-92 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Monroe Scores 24, Pistons Edge Hornets 89-87 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 03:09:38 GMT)

    Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons beat the New Orleans Hornets 89-87 Saturday in a matchup of two of the NBA’s worst teams.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: #Wow, Dunk Or No Dunk (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 01:39:31 GMT)

    A monster dunk (or was it even a dunk?) by the Los Angeles Clippers star prompted numerous posts.

  • [New York Times] Vucevic Leads 76ers Past Hawks, 98-87 (Sun, 05 Feb 2012 02:36:49 GMT)

    Rookie Nikola Vucevic set a career high with 15 points to lead six Philadelphia scorers in double figures and the Sixers dodged back-to-back losses once again by beating the Atlanta Hawks 98-87 on Saturday night.

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    39 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Feb 05 2012)”

    1. Going to close this page now before someone gets on here and talks me out of being happy about this team for a change.

    2. Can you imagine being Lin. He ‘hedges’ his bets by attending Harvard, just in case the NBA doesn’t work out. What a truly talented and gifted dude.

    3. Gah. So pissed I missed this game after enduring the heartbreakers with Chicago and Boston. This is a pretty good collection of his highlights from last night for others who didn’t catch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7HzhtJaCo0

      I hope the kid sticks!
      I loved Clyde from last night “The precocious neophyte with the sagacious play” ha!

    4. Honestly guys, I don’t think he’s suddenly going to turn out better than Goran Dragic or something, but Lin provides this team with the one thing it’s been missing from its guards. He can competently dribble while being pressured, can make good decisions in a pick and roll, and freaking drive at the basket without puking all over himself. He had some legitimately good plays in the 4th quarter of a close game when guarded by Deron Williams, that’s a pretty impressive for his first significant play time with the Knicks.

    5. Mulligan:
      Gah. So pissed I missed this game after enduring the heartbreakers with Chicago and Boston. This is a pretty good collection of his highlights from last night for others who didn’t catch it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7HzhtJaCo0

      I hope the kid sticks!
      I loved Clyde from last night “The precocious neophyte with the sagacious play” ha!

      Thanks for the link. Seeing his teammates joy for him literally brought tears to my eyes.
      His humbleness and humility afterwards was icing on the cake.

    6. Juany8:
      Honestly guys, I don’t think he’s suddenly going to turn out better than Goran Dragic or something, but Lin provides this team with the one thing it’s been missing from its guards. He can competently dribble while being pressured, can make good decisions in a pick and roll, and freaking drive at the basket without puking all over himself. He had some legitimately good plays in the 4th quarter of a close game when guarded by Deron Williams, that’s a pretty impressive for his first significant play time with the Knicks.

      Deron who?

    7. I agree with #6 that we shouldn’t expect too much. But I think that a good part of winning is having a template for what winning looks like. Especially since Shumpert is a 2-guard rookie playing point without a training camp (in other words, I understand his struggles), Lin’s game last night showed ALL of the Knicks what more movement through the paint can mean for the team.

      Granted, this was the Nets. The Knicks will need more to beat better teams. But they at least need to start beating bad teams with more regularity. A game like this can help remind them how to beat bad teams.

    8. Last night was a feel good night for suffering Knicks fans, but let’s not get carried away with Lin. It was a win at home against one of the worst teams in the league, and while it was the 3rd of 3 in a row for us, the Nets were playing back-to-back as well. If anything, it should remind us of how critical competent PG play is to any NBA team (exceptions being teams with LeBron or MJ-type all-world players). It also suggests (but doesn’t prove) that a decent PG would make a dramatic difference for us.

    9. Hahn tweeted that we may see B-Diddy this week, but it wasn’t based on much. When (if) he comes back, how far down the bench should TD be buried? He should become good buddies with Novak and Jordan.

    10. This game reminded me of December 1st, 1987:

      The struggling Knicks (4-8) desperate to give the MSG fans something to cheer about, give desperation minutes to recently signed CBAer Rick Carlisle. Carlisle goes on to score 21 points on 9-12 shooting while dishing out 5 assists and nabbing 2 steals to the joy of the home crowd…

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/198712010NYK.html

      …after that game Carlisle went on to play in 30 more games his entire career.

      Take note Jeremy Lin. You, too, can go on to to coach a championship team!

    11. Guys of course, we are getting carried away. I mean did you see how excited that Melo and Amare didn’t have the pressure of having to carry the team every play. I mean this Lin guy is truly amazing. He is perfect off the pnr, he just doesn’t do the right things, he does the right things at the right time. I mean he is able to recognize attack windows and pass windows, his timing is so impeccable and he is able to split the pnr double team. Now this will help Amare and Melo, since now they can get the ball in the comfort zones not the 3 pt line trying to set everyone up. This is awesome. I hope my grandkids get smart enough for the Ivy leagues. Such smart people.

    12. After coming down from last night’s high courtesy of one Mr Jeremy Lin..allow me to morph into gravity. Yes we needed that win in the worst way, but let’s be honest..we’re supposed to beat the Nets. Still a great win tho because we fought hard for it in the last game of a back 2 back 2 back. I expected dead legs to kill us and it nearly did. Hopefully Jet Lin (I know..tasteless but somehow appropriate considering the way he turned the game into his own action film) just bought Baron some time to get healthy for real. Boy did he play great…but let’s not anoint him starter just yet. Well..wait..him and Landry might just work. I sure hope Lin is in the gym today taking hundreds of 18-23 footers. If he could knock down open J’s consistently with the way he runs the PnR and plays smart ball..he and Fields might be the perfect compliment to our frontcourt. Hmmm…I say give him some time. D’Antoni may owe him for practically keepin him coach one more day, but I don’t think he should be thrown in the fire just yet. At least not until his J is more reliable. Our record sucks right now but the one thing I love is that there is no quit in this team. On top of that, they seem willing to play with physicality. AND I LOVE IT!! That grit will pay off…I feel it. B Diddy or no..last night regardless of the opponent, was the turning point. But moreso because of HOW they played rather than the fact that we actually won. Side note: If Chandler doesn’t make tha All Star team..coaches should be shot!!!

    13. On a Side note, when do you guys think Knick fans would realize, booing the team every time the away team makes a run doesn’t help. Anyhow it clearly has made the guys tougher and they even seem to be a better road team cos of this, I mean they get booed at home make the road fans look like a joke. Anyhow this is NY, we all know it will either make you or break you

    14. I totally agree with you, last night my brother who is a number Knick hater, who always accused the Knicks since the 90’s of going Hollywood told me that Knicks are really a blue collar team. Last night was an old Staten island bar fight man.

      SeeWhyDee77:
      After coming down from last night’s high courtesy of one Mr Jeremy Lin..allow me to morph into gravity. Yes we needed that win in the worst way, but let’s be honest..we’re supposed to beat the Nets. Still a great win tho because we fought hard for it in the last game of a back 2 back 2 back. I expected dead legs to kill us and it nearly did. Hopefully Jet Lin (I know..tasteless but somehow appropriate considering the way he turned the game into his own action film) just bought Baron some time to get healthy for real. Boy did he play great…but let’s not anoint him starter just yet.Well..wait..him and Landry might just work. I sure hope Lin is in the gym today taking hundreds of 18-23 footers. If he could knock down open J’s consistently with the way he runs the PnR and plays smart ball..he and Fields might be the perfect compliment to our frontcourt. Hmmm…I say give him some time. D’Antoni may owe him for practically keepin him coach one more day, but I don’t think he should be thrown in the fire just yet. At least not until his J is more reliable. Our record sucks right now but the one thing I love is that there is no quit in this team. On top of that, they seem willing to play with physicality. AND I LOVE IT!! That grit will pay off…I feel it. B Diddy or no..last night regardless of the opponent, was the turning point. But moreso because of HOW they played rather than the fact that we actually won. Side note: If Chandler doesn’t make tha All Star team..coaches should be shot!!!

    15. d-mar: Hahn tweeted that we may see B-Diddy this week, but it wasn’t based on much. When (if) he comes back, how far down the bench should TD be buried? He should become good buddies with Novak and Jordan.

      So if Baron comes back and we sign JR Smith, that’s a decent rotation, no?

    16. Gideon Zaga: On a Side note, when do you guys think Knick fans would realize, booing the team every time the away team makes a run doesn’t help. Anyhow it clearly has made the guys tougher and they even seem to be a better road team cos of this, I mean they get booed at home make the road fans look like a joke. Anyhow this is NY, we all know it will either make you or break you

      Knicks fans can tolerate great play from the other team. They don’t tolerate poor or lazy basketball, hence the booing. I think the crowd reactions have been justified.

    17. Jeremy you effectively shut down Deron Williams, how did you do this?
      Jeremy: I didn’t do this this was about team defense.

      Classy.

    18. What wasn’t classy was the MSG PA guys playing Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” after the game, which is one of the darkest songs ever written, about a kid shooting himself in front of his high school classmates. Brilliant.

    19. Seriously? We’re claiming that booing has some sort of serious effect on professional athletes? Come on, dude.

      Also, yeah, I was right about Lin. Shower me with praise.

    20. I think The Stiff should give Jordan some playing time too, take some of Chandler’s minutes- can’t keep riding him like that this tough season.

    21. Z:
      Hey, where is everybody?? Doesn’t anybody want to talk about Jeremy Lin right now?

      You mean The Missing LINk?

    22. Z:
      Hey, where is everybody?? Doesn’t anybody want to talk about Jeremy Lin right now?

      Haha – I feel you on that one. Been refreshing all the usual knicks sites all day hoping to read something new. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s game.

    23. Thank you Z-Man. Huge Giant fan (my oldest girl has “NY Giants” tattooed in blue to her neck) and had my whole very crazy extended family was here tonight. We dedicated the game to my brother-in-law who left us young this year. There was no better Giant fan ever and he loved the Knicks too. He had a brilliant mind for sports and I wish he was here. I told my grand kids never to forget this night. What a rush. If you heard some of Eli’s comments, it’s all about team. So true. Eli is like a freaking Borg. How ’bout this—Lin=Cruz. Perhaps? That would be very cool. Ain’t this really what sports is about?

    24. Now that my man TDiggity is back to his regular rotation spot, I wanna go on record as saying, hes gonna provide the silver bullet on a few nights. Lost in the whole Lin Party was the few minutes that TD and Lin were on the floor and the roles got reversed much to the surprise of the defense, TDrillin that ass drove in a got a 3 point play. when we have 2 penetrators on the floor with TD being the second option this team looks deadly, without our heavy hitters even touching the ball, you just cant know what to do if, Lin is handling, TD is pump faking and getting in the lane with a dribble speed that is impressive, Stat sometimes looks like Victor Cruz in there with his receiving. We’ll see how this develops because no one drew up a plan to stop Lin but next game Utah will be ready, were gonna need TDuckets to come in and hold the wheel.

    25. Sorry to hear it DaJudge, glad your family could have a special moment together and something to celebrate….

    26. By the way the giants showed why you dont quit on your team, player or whatever. Weve been complaining all season long about we want this and that, well now we got something close to what we wanted. Lets forget about all the trade scenarios and completely and steadfastly develop what the hell we have. We have a team, lets work it through the losses and towards the wins.
      some people operate from a stats and numbers perspective, I play ball and I believe in chemistry, I can look at a guys aura and tell wether hell be a good team mate and so Im saying as much as this board and sometimes myself hates a TD brick, the guy is a really good team player. thats enough for me, the rest will work itself out.

    27. Hopefully, JR Smith is serious about coming, that way if we ever really do get Baron healthy, with the addition of him and JR we could pretty much do away with Toney’s mins altogether. That is my hope anyway. Maybe we could get a second round pick or something for him. I like Toney, and I hoped he would blossom into a good player but at this point I think they need to pull the plug on him first chance they get.

    28. u guys are relentless. JR smith ….. great. I love this team and sports in general, playing and watching, less after reading this board for a couple of years, the more I realize how craven and greedy and dastardly you fans are You are no better than owners like Dolan who dont give a shit you just want a lil more and more and more. treat players like trading horses. all of a sudden hes gonna love being with this massa right! we found one bench player worth a damn, we have another one, we do, people like u guys just keep falling for the addiction of the blank page.

    29. look at the Celtics and all the trade rumors about this and that and breaking up the big three. Oh theyre getting old, lets get a few pieces now. But thats not what happened,. they kept it together and these guys are balling with heart, are they league toppers with their record, no, but that team come playoff time will be ballin hard as hell for each other. They seem like fine wine to me. That is a real team. They care about each other and trust each other cause they KNOW each other. They know each others shortcomings. you dont love someone because of this and that you do it despite this and that. A Team is built on talent but on some level championship teams have chemistry. let the guys develop.

    30. Are you seriously going to compare the current team we have to the Celtics? That team won a championship and went to the finals another time and lost in 7. And when it’s all said and done they most likely will break that team up after this season is over. Our team hasn’t won a playoff game in 8 years. They haven’t earned loyalty. And sorry if you are a douglas fan, but the guy is playing like shit. The sooner we get him completely out of the rotation the better off this team will be. I don’t care if he’s on the roster, if they wanna pay him that’s fine, just don’t play him. He just cost us a game Friday, it would be nice if he didn’t cost us anymore.

      But I am probably arguing against a drunken superbowl rant so whatever….

    31. daJudge: Thank you Z-Man. Huge Giant fan (my oldest girl has “NY Giants” tattooed in blue to her neck) and had my whole very crazy extended family was here tonight. We dedicated the game to my brother-in-law who left us young this year. There was no better Giant fan ever and he loved the Knicks too. He had a brilliant mind for sports and I wish he was here. I told my grand kids never to forget this night. What a rush. If you heard some of Eli’s comments, it’s all about team. So true. Eli is like a freaking Borg. How ’bout this—Lin=Cruz. Perhaps? That would be very cool. Ain’t this really what sports is about?

      Great story, Judge, I pray for the day that either the Knicks (preferred) or the Mets or Jets can break through for my 12yo son, who has had the misfortune of rooting for Dad’s favorite teams. Alas, someday…

      Liked the Eli-Borg comparison…Bjorn or Star Trek? Little of both, I guess! As a Jets fan, loved seeing the Pats go down in flames…sure many a Celts fan is suffering too!

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