Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Mar 28 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks bear down on Grizzlies for sixth straight win (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:58:52 GMT)

    The winning streak came against the likes of Orlando, Toronto and a beaten down Celtics team. Encouraging yes, but not all that impressive. Until Wednesday night. The Knicks extended their unbeaten streak to six with a 108-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, an honest-to-goodness playoff bound team from the Western Conference no less.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Knicks send Grizzlie message to West (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:52:51 GMT)

    It’s not a Miami Heat-sized winning streak, we know that very well. But this is a genuine winning streak now because the Knicks finally had a chance to take out a quality opponent and did exactly that when they held off the Memphis Grizzlies in the final frantic minutes at the Garden on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Stoudemire comeback in the fast lane (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:40:11 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire revealed that his surgically repaired right knee is improving but the veteran forward did not say if he’ll be available for the playoffs next month.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: How Not to Show a Dunk on TV (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:00:22 GMT)

    The constant possibility of a dunk is the best asset a basketball telecast has to offer. Unfortunately, TV directors are ruining the moment.

  • [New York Times] Nets 111, Trail Blazers 93: Evans Guides Nets to Another Road Victory (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:12:51 GMT)

    Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and scored 22 points as the Nets beat the Trail Blazers for their 20th road win of the season, matching a franchise best.

  • [New York Times] Column: Streak Is History, the Question Remains (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:58:34 GMT)

    Losing game after game is nerve-racking, sure, but after a point, so is winning.

  • [New York Times] Miami’s 27-Game Streak Snapped After Chicago Loss (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:43:06 GMT)

    The Miami Heat’s quest for history fell short, but it didn’t end quietly.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: 27-Game Streak? For Heat, 50-1 Shot (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:26:27 GMT)

    The math shows that the chance of such a streak by a team with the winning percentage of the Heat is only 2 percent.

  • [New York Times] Evans (22 Points, 26 Rebounds) Leads Nets (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:22:16 GMT)

    Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career high with 22 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Kings Beat Warriors 105-98 to Take Season Series (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:13:21 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas had 31 points and seven assists, DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and the Sacramento Kings put another dent in Golden State’s playoff chase by beating the Warriors 105-98 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Griffin Leads Clippers Past Hornets, 105-91 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:55:22 GMT)

    Chris Paul and Blake Griffin made their share of timely plays and otherwise enjoyed the perimeter shooting exhibition put on by the Los Angeles Clippers’ supporting cast.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 101, Heat 97: Heat’s Streak Stopped by Bulls at 27 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:35:53 GMT)

    Luol Deng led the Bulls with 28 points and Carlos Boozer added 21 as Chicago fended off a furious rally by the Heat to hand them their first loss in 53 days.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 108, Grizzlies 101: Knicks Hold Off Grizzlies After Blowing Huge Lead (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:34:51 GMT)

    After taking a 30-point lead, the Knicks let the Grizzlies creep within 4 in the final minute before steadying themselves and pulling out a win, their sixth in a row.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Upset by What He Thinks Are Flagrant Fouls (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:34:16 GMT)

    LeBron James spoke out about the way he gets officiated on Wednesday night, saying he is starting to get concerned about how physical he believes some opponents are against him.

  • [New York Times] Duncan, Spurs Escape With 100-99 Win Over Nuggets (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:50:07 GMT)

    Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 100-99 win over Denver on Wednesday night when Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] Jefferson, Hayward Lift Jazz Past Suns 103-88 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:38:06 GMT)

    Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points apiece and the Utah Jazz defeated the Phoenix Suns 103-88 on Wednesday night to stay within a game of the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff battle.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert Powers Pacers to 100-91 Win Over Rockets (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:32:20 GMT)

    Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Hold Off Grizzlies for 6th Straight Win (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:52:22 GMT)

    J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, and the New York Knicks withstood a furious rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-101 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder to Rout of Wizards (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:49:21 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 103-80 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Win 22nd Straight Against Wolves 120-117 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:46:52 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant looks just fine at playing small forward.

  • [New York Times] Hawes Lifts 76ers Past Bucks, 100-92 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:25:35 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings had a blank stare as he scanned a disappointed Milwaukee locker room.

  • [New York Times] Green’s Layup at Buzzer Lifts Celtics Over Cavs (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:07:43 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, and the Boston Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak with a 93-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Henderson, Walker Lead Bobcats Over Magic 114-108 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:46:18 GMT)

    Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the injury-riddled Orlando Magic their eighth straight loss, 114-108 Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA’s worst teams.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Raptors 107-88 to Clinch Playoff Berth (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:28:53 GMT)

    Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague had 24 points and 13 assists and the Atlanta Hawks clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-88 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Newsday] J. R. Smith scores 35 as Knicks beat Grizzlies for sixth straight win (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:30:14 EDT)

    The Knicks played the first half of last night's game as if it was November all over again. It proved to be just enough to beat the Grizzlies.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Notes: Knicks claim NBA's longest streak (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:29:18 EDT)

    Kenyon Martin had an interesting reaction to the news that the Heat’s 27-game winning streak ended on Wednesday night against the Bulls: He clapped.
    “It’s cool. It was going to go down at some time, so we’ll take it,” Martin said after the Knicks beat the Grizzlies, 108-101, to win their sixth straight game. “We’ve got to keep this thing going around here.”
    The Knicks now have the longest winning streak in the NBA. If the Heat had continued their dominance, they would have had a chance to win No.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Knicks mastering steal-and-score strategy (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:23:10 EDT)

    Perimeter defense and transition scoring.
    That has been the Knicks’ mix during their six-game winning streak, while playing smaller ball with Kenyon Martin at starting center, Tyson Chandler injured and Marcus Camby hardly seeing the court.
    On Wednesday night, the team continued that effective game plan against the Grizzlies and won their sixth in a row, fueled by nine steals and 10 fast-break points. In fact, during their recent successful stretch, the Knicks have been averaging 10 steals per game (second-best in the NBA) and 11.

  • [ – New York Knicks] The Incredible J.R. Smith (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:42:21 EDT)

    There’s good J.R. Smith, bad J.R. Smith and then there’s the J.R. Smith we saw on Wednesday night: incredible.
    The New York Knicks’ sixth man exploded for 35 points on 10-for-18 shooting to lead the ‘Bockers to a 108-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, their sixth straight.
    “I don’t know what he’s eating for breakfast or dinner or whatever it is but we need him to keep doing it,” teammate Kenyon Martin said. “He’s putting us on his back.”
    Smith’s game against the Grizzlies comes on the heels of an efficient 32-point night against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, putting his two-game total at 67 points.

  • [New York Post] Blown lead shows you can’t trust them yet (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:07:14 -0500)

    The Knicks probably haven’t played a better half all season than they did during the first half last night against the Grizzlies. Playing tough aggressive defense and displaying good ball movement on offense, the Knicks built a 30-point lead before settling for a 69-41 advantage at the break.

  • [New York Post] Hold off Grizz, now own NBA’s longest win streak (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:22:05 -0500)

    Guess who has the longest winning streak in the NBA? Yes, it’s the Knicks.
    On the night Miami’s 27-game winning streak crashed in Chicago, the Knicks’ winning streak rolled to six straight. J.R. Smith went on another rampage, scoring 35 points as the Knicks knocked off Memphis…

  • [New York Post] Once again, J.R. shoots lights out (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:59:09 -0500)

    You have heard it all before â?? like a half dozen times in the past two weeks, like twice in the past two days. A change has come over J.R. Smith. He is driving the ball more. He is rebounding more. He is defending. Oh, he’s still shooting and…

  • [New York Post] Stoudemire’s rehab talk irks Woodson (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:57:51 -0500)

    Amar’e Stoudemire is not only rehabbing but promoting his documentary and it seems to have rankled Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
    Stoudemire has made a couple of TV appearances in the last two days in which he said his rehab is going well. Stoudemire is holding a press call today…

  • [New York Post] Mourners: Ray Williams was â??special’ person (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:56:52 -0500)

    The same reason he became poverty stricken after a 10-year NBA career was the same reason Ray Williams, the former Knick and Mount Vernon great who passed away on Friday after a bout with colon cancer, was so beloved.
    “He understood we are obligated to our fellow human beings to…

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