Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Mar 21 2013)

  • [New York Post] Anthony leads Magic rout, but knee forces Iman out (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:16:46 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony made a triumphant return, but Iman Shumpert made a discouraging exit.
    Anthony, in his first game since getting his swollen right knee drained last Thursday, looked like a new player. He was limber and light in scoring 21 points with eight rebounds in 33 tidy minutes as the…

  • [New York Post] Doesn’t take long to notice he’s back (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:35:48 -0500)

    Twenty-two seconds deep, he figured, was plenty long enough to wait. Might as well see how the knee was feeling. Might as well see if there would be any rust, any corrosion, to work through.
    Twenty-two seconds deep, Pablo Prigioni found Carmelo Anthony open, a step and a half behind…

  • [New York Post] Ewing: Healthy Knicks title contenders (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:16:46 -0500)

    With all due respect to starting center Kenyon Martin, Patrick Ewing might have been the Knicks’ best option at center last night. Instead, Ewing did his first-ever MSG Network telecast â?? on the postgame show.
    “The Big Fellaâ? said the sky’s the limit once the Knicks get back their current…

  • [New York Post] Another strong game for Kenyon (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:16:46 -0500)

    With 10:59 left on the clock, Kenyon Martin slipped toward the rim and took a high, arcing lob from Jason Kidd and rammed it home, putting the Knicks ahead by two more points against the overmatched Magic. Shades of the Nets, circa 2002-03
    “Nah, that’s too far back…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Thomas hoping foot injury heals by playoffs (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:16:46 -0500)

    Kurt Thomas said he feels there is a “50-50” chance he will make his return by the playoffs, confirming that an old stress fracture on his right foot got reaggravated on the West Coast trip.
    “I had a stress fracture in 2006-007 when I played for Phoenix,” Thomas said. “I…

  • [New York Daily News] Smith: Holding Atlantic lifeline, that is where Woodson is (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:23:24 GMT)

    Earlier in the day, before the Knicks took the court against Orlando on Wednesday night, coach Mike Woodson asked GM Glen Grunwald if he could get some reinforcements for the decimated frontcourt.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo back in big way as Knicks bounce Magic (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:19:54 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony erased concern about his knee within the first 30 seconds, nailing an open three with the type of jump he could not have managed just a week earlier. It was the first of his seven buckets as Anthony returned in style Wednesday night at the Garden, scoring 21 points and helping to lift the Knicks to a 106-94 win over an Orlando squad that never once held a lead.

  • [New York Newsday] Iman Shumpert leaves game after feeling knee 'pop' (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:24:56 EDT)

    Iman Shumpert said he left last night's game against Orlando after feeling "a pop" in his left knee.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Notebook: Shumpert felt knee 'pop' (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:31:54 EDT)

    Iman Shumpert, who missed half the season recovering from left knee surgery, strained that same knee in the second quarter against the Magic. He left the court and sat on the bench without returning for the remainder of the game.
    “I took a step to explode and go up to the rim and felt it pop,” he said afterward. “Last time I felt a pop, I was out eight months. I was nervous and more scared than anything.”
    With all of the injuries the Knicks have already been plagued with recently, Shumpert’s knee tweak couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo puts knee issue behind him in return (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:22:10 EDT)

    After two weeks of stress and anxiety, Carmelo Anthony was able to breathe easy late Wednesday night.
    The Knicks star returned to the floor after a lengthy battle with a mysterious knee injury. He scored 21 points in 33 minutes in a 106-94 win over Orlando.
    Afterward, Anthony mentioned four words that should help Knicks fans sleep soundly at night.
    “I had no pain,” he said. “It’s a big relief for me. Especially mentally, emotionally.”
    And it’s an even bigger relief for the Knicks, whose playoff hopes and dreams rest largely with the health of Anthony.

  • [New York Times] Gasol’s Tip Lifts Grizzlies Over Thunder in OT (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:17:41 GMT)

    Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies finally put away Oklahoma City with their final shot.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Hand 76ers 14th Road Loss in Row, 101-72 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:02:37 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 19 points, Caron Butler added 14 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-72 on Wednesday, bouncing back on the second night of back-to-back games.

  • [New York Times] John Wall Scores 19 as Wizards Beat Suns 88-79 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:53:34 GMT)

    John Wall scored 19 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Phoenix Suns 88-79 on Wednesday night for their first victory in the Valley in more than six years.

  • [New York Times] Nets 113, Mavericks 96: Nets Score and Talk Like a Team on a Mission (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:31:39 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored a season-high 38 points as the Nets beat the Mavericks and showed an attitude that they were poised for a serious playoff run.

  • [New York Times] Miami Beat Cleveland to Extend Winning Streak to 24 Games (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:17:24 GMT)

    It would have been the biggest upset of the NBA season. However, the defending NBA champion Miami Heat had other ideas.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Down by 27, Heat Rally for 24th Straight Win (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:06:38 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 25 points as the Heat beat the short-handed Cavaliers on Wednesday and extended the second-longest winning streak in N.B.A. history.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 106, Magic 94: Knicks Defeat Magic in Carmelo Anthony’s Return (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:37:12 GMT)

    After missing some action because of knee problems, Carmelo Anthony looked sharp as he scored 21 points in the Knicks’ victory over the woeful Magic.

  • [New York Times] Davis Tip Lifts Hornets Over Celtics, 87-86 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:09:31 GMT)

    Anthony Davis outreached Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green for a last-second tip-in, and the New Orleans Hornets snapped a four-game skid with an 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Duncan Leads Spurs Past Warriors 104-93 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:09:08 GMT)

    Tim Duncan had 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 104-93 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lopez, Williams Lead Nets Past Mavericks 113-96 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:07:02 GMT)

    Brook Lopez scored 38 points and Deron Williams had 31 in his first visit to Dallas since spurning his hometown team in free agency, leading the Brooklyn Nets past the Mavericks 113-96 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Beat Jazz 100-93 to Help Playoff Standing (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:44:54 GMT)

    James Harden had 29 points and the Houston Rockets improved their positioning in the Western Conference playoff race with a 100-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Ailing Knicks Content With Players They Have (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:30:00 GMT)

    No matter how Knicks fans feel about their team’s roster being affected by a rash of injuries, Coach Mike Woodson made it clear before Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic that he and General Manager Glen Grunwald are not looking to sign free agents.

  • [New York Times] Mullens Lifts Bobcats Over Raptors 107-101 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:18:58 GMT)

    Byron Mullens scored 25 points, Gerald Henderson had another solid all-around game and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 107-101 on Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time since mid-November.

  • [New York Times] Anthony Returns, Scores 21 as Knicks Beat Magic (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:08:54 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points after missing the previous three games with a knee injury, and the New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic 106-94 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Teague, Horford Lead Hawks Past Bucks 98-90 (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:05:54 GMT)

    Jeff Teague scored 27 points and Al Horford had 26, taking control after a sluggish first quarter to lead the Atlanta Hawks past the Milwaukee Bucks 98-90 Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: The Nuggets Have Their Own Streak (Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:26:15 GMT)

    Thanks to a balanced scoring attack, the Denver Nuggets have won 13 consecutive games, a club record, even without a high-scoring star.

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    12 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Mar 21 2013)”

    1. evans with a fields-like choke job at the FT line (0-2) against the Nuggs. Will it cost them the game and the streak?

    2. Yeah, both the Heat and the Nuggets have had some improbable comebacks to keep their respective streaks alive.

      As the lone remaining AntRan fan out there, might I note that once again, when actually given minutes by Karl (and played at the 4 or 5), he played well.

    3. So the Nets clinched a playoff spot tonight with the 76ers loss but not the Knicks. WTF

    4. well the real killer is corey brewer…guy has been playing amazing. how did we give him NO playing time and let him slip through our fingers. Another thank you D’Antoni moment.

      Brian Cronin:
      Yeah, both the Heat and the Nuggets have had some improbable comebacks to keep their respective streaks alive.

      As the lone remaining AntRan fan out there, might I note that once again, when actually given minutes by Karl (and played at the 4 or 5), he played well.

    5. Brian Cronin:
      I guess the Sixers would own the tiebreaker if they won all their remaining games and the Knicks lost all of their remaining games.

      The Knicks won the season series 3-1. I mean whatever no big deal, Knicks will clinch a playoff birth this weekend but still just seems weird.

    6. johnlocke:
      well the real killer is corey brewer…guy has been playing amazing. how did we give him NO playing time and let him slip through our fingers. Another thank you D’Antoni moment.

      Brewer is shooting 29% from 3pt range this season. Shot 26% last season. Shoots below 70% from the FT line. Has a TS% of 50% with a usage of 23% this season. He is a bad offensive player who shoots way too much.

      He is a good defensive player though (at least thats his reputation).

    7. OK just found out why the Knicks still havent clinched a playoff birth. 76ers are tied with the Raptors in 9th place. Knicks need 1 more Raptors loss to clinch a playoff spot since if they win out and the Knicks lose out the Raptors will hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. 76ers cant beat out the Knicks for a playoff spot but the Raptors still can. Guess the Nets own the head-to-head tiebreaker vs the Raptors as well as the 76ers which is why they clinched tonight and the Knicks didnt since the Knicks are 1 game ahead but have played 2 less games which if they theoretically lost both they would be tied with the Nets.

      I got a headache now lol.

    8. Brewer is worth keeping around for his defense but yeah, his offensive game is buh-roo-tal.

      Of course he had six points in the final nine seconds of tonight’s game, but he’s typically not someone you want taking the big shot late in the game.

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