Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 17 2012)

  • [New York Times] Magic 102, Knicks 93: Knicks Stop Howard, but Not Anderson’s 3-Pointers (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:19:08 GMT)

    The Knicks once again sputtered at a critical moment Monday afternoon, allowing the Orlando Magic to turn a tight game into a victory at Madison Square Garden.

  • [New York Times] Magic’s Dwight Howard Has Help From Ex-Net Ryan Anderson (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:09:07 GMT)

    Dwight Howard, the subject of rampant trade speculation, had only 8 points against the Knicks. Ryan Anderson, a solid contributor all season, picked up the slack by scoring 30.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: 76ers Top Bucks to Continue Strong Start (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:19:08 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 24 points to help the 76ers beat the Bucks and remain unbeaten at home.

  • [New York Times] U.S. Names Men’s Olympic Basketball Pool (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:43:04 GMT)

    This U.S. basketball team might be even better than the last two that won gold medals.

  • [New York Times] Fisher Hooks Mavs With Late Three (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 07:32:57 GMT)

    Derek Fisher’s game-winning three-pointer put a pretty ribbon on a workmanlike 73-70 victory for the Los Angeles Lakers over the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks Monday.

  • [New York Times] Fisher’s Late 3 Pushes Lakers Past Mavericks 73-70 (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:32:52 GMT)

    Derek Fisher hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to play and the Los Angeles Lakers survived a dismal offensive game by both teams for a 73-70 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night, snapping Dallas’ five-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook’s 3s Lead Thunder Past Celtics 97-88 (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:53:55 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the final 91 seconds on Monday night to help the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away from Boston and beat the slumping Celtics 97-88.

  • [New York Times] Love, Ridnour Lead Timberwolves Over Kings 99-86 (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:51:02 GMT)

    Kevin Love had 33 points and 11 rebounds and Luke Ridnour added 25 points and nine assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 99-86 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith, Johnson Push Hawks Past Raptors 93-84 (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:05:52 GMT)

    Josh Smith scored 28 points and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds and Joe Johnson added 27 points to help the Atlanta Hawks win their third straight game with a 93-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge Leads Blazers Past Hornets 84-77 (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:39:05 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game skid with an 84-77 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday.

  • [New York Daily News] Ewing tells Howard grass isn’t greener in Brooklyn (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:17:19 GMT)

    Dwight Howard is trying to force a trade to the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets while Patrick Ewing is telling his young pupil to be careful what he wishes for.

  • [New York Daily News] Melo and Knicks stuffed by Magic in matinee (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:26:04 GMT)

    With the Knicks pinning their hopes on their battered and bruised forward, Carmelo Anthony’s attempt to beat the Orlando Magic all by himself fell painfully short, with emphasis on the word painful, in the 102-93 loss.

  • [New York Daily News] Magic need defenseALL for Dwight’s many suitors  (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:10:14 GMT)

    Stan Van Gundy was complaining â?? what else does he do? â?? about the schedule Monday after the Magic sent the Knicks to their third straight defeat.

  • [New York Post] â??Baron or Bust’ is no real solution (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:39:15 -0500)

    It has become Baron or Bust.
    How scary is that? In a telling moment before yesterday’s 102-93 MLK Day matinee defeat to Orlando, Mike D’Antoni was asked five straight questions on the exact timetable of Baron Davis’ first practice and scrimmage.
    Will it be the end of the…

  • [New York Post] Knicks not meshing under Melo, Amar’e (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:29:48 -0500)

    Maybe Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t want to be recognized when he appeared incognito in a black fedora and sunglasses in the Knicks locker room late yesterday afternoon.
    Stoudemire said he was to blame for yesterday’s Martin Luther King Day matinee fizzle, a 102-93 loss to the Magic, because…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Anthony advises Howard: Do what’s best for you (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 02:59:43 -0500)

    No one understands the situation in which Dwight Howard finds himself better than Carmelo Anthony.
    After Anthony spent several months last season at the center of the NBA’s rumor mill while the Knicks and Nets fought to acquire him from the Nuggets, he reached out to Howard recently to…

  • [New York Post] Knicks’ Stoudemire not happy at Olympic snub (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 02:59:43 -0500)

    Amar’e Stoudemire, whom the Knicks refused to allow play in the World Championships 1 1/2 years ago, sounded miffed at the announcement yesterday he is not on the final 20-man U.S. Olympic Team roster, and said he would like to play.
    Both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler…

  • [New York Post] No leader in sight (Tue, 17 Jan 2012 02:04:22 -0500)

    “I have a dream.â? â?? Martin Luther King Jr.

    “I have a clue.â? â?? Mike D’Antoni.

    One of them is fibbing.
    Truth is, D’Excusio’s tires rotate better on their own than his Knicks did yesterday as the Magic spaced and spotted its way to a going-away, 102-93 conquest.
    Try…

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    11 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Jan 17 2012)”

    1. On the switching. Not that I am a Wodoson defender, but wasn’t the defensive philosophy “switch on everything” last season or am I misremebering.
      On Amare its deja vu from early last year. You think they would have learned that he is less than useless if he gets the ball at or above the FT line unless it is as part of a roll to the basket, yet time and time again that’s where he gets it. Very strange.

    2. On the switching. Not that I am a Wodoson defender, but wasn’t the defensive philosophy “switch on everything” last season or am I misremebering.

      I don’t recall it being like this. There was some switching last season, but not like this. They seem to be making a deliberate effort to switch like crazy this season, and since Woodson did that a lot in Atlanta, I think it’s reasonable to presume that it is his doing. But yeah, unless someone confirms that, it definitely is just supposition on our part.

      On Amare its deja vu from early last year. You think they would have learned that he is less than useless if he gets the ball at or above the FT line unless it is as part of a roll to the basket, yet time and time again that’s where he gets it. Very strange.

      It’s like the definition of madness. Repeating the same thing that you know does not work, hoping that it will work this time.

    3. Am I the only one that thinks this was one of our “better losses?” The play through three quarters was very promising. Ball movement was good, defense was good (especially on Howard), and we had a chance to win the game, but Ryan Anderson killed us. Hey, he’s a great 3-point shooter, and the Magic are a pretty good basketball team. Obviously I would have liked the win, but this game isn’t one that concerns me too much.

    4. No, I think a lot of folks were saying similar things, Zach, that it was one of the better losses of the season. Heck, in a lot of ways, it was a better game for the Knicks than some of their wins (like the Washington victory).

    5. it was one of those games where everything went wrong at the same time… they shot 50% on 3s, we shot 25%, and that was the difference, clear and simple.

      Fields is shooting 21% from 3 and TD is shooting 23%, if they were anywhere near their career averages we win a game like this one.

    6. What bothered me about that loss was when Orlando threw a zone at us and we looked totally confused. I know practice time has been limited, but maybe a few minutes on how to attack the zone? And maybe throw Novak out there at that point? I’m usually a D’Antoni defender, but he does get outcoached (outfoxed) by guys like Rivers and Van Gundy, and it seems like he’s always reacting as opposed to making the other coach react.

      I thought the game turned around the minute crazy Stan went to the zone.

    7. @3 I basically agree… If the Knicks played like that every night, they’d be about a .500 team. Why do I say that? Well, Orlando is a good team and played well. If it was a tie you’d say the Knicks were even with Orlando, which IMO looks like a 50-win team. Of course the Knicks were home and should have had the advantage, so you have to lower the grade. Hence, around .500.

      Hey, you have to start somewhere. It’s a lot better than we’ve seen up to now.

      To my eyes, the Pistons game was the Knicks’ best of the year. That and maybe the first three quarters against Philly.

    8. Owen:
      Some True Hoop fuel for the critics…

      http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/35698/knicks-a-losing-team-with-melo

      You can pair Howard with pretty much any collection of NBA flotsam and win 50 games minimum. The same I am afraid can’t be said of Melo.

      Well, yeah! He or LeBron is the best player in the league, no one else is close. Maybe a healthy Wade. These days I might give the title to Dwight. Centers are hard to find.

      d-mar:
      it seems like he’s always reacting as opposed to making the other coach react.

      I think this is true, but not so sure it’s bad. Part of his coaching philosophy is pretty clear: emphasize continuity. That leads to the short rotations, and not changing strategy much. It’s a trade-off – less flexibility for (we hope) better execution.

      As long as the Knicks are bricking it up like they have been this year, I’d defend them with a zone 95 percent of the time. Make shots and it dosen’t work.

    9. On Fields: are they really “working with him on his shot” Since he was @39% for 3 last year this begs the question why. I thought I read the angle of something or other being OK for college but not the NBA (I know real specific info and memory sorry).

    10. d-mar:
      What bothered me about that loss was when Orlando threw a zone at us and we looked totally confused. I know practice time has been limited, but maybe a few minutes on how to attack the zone? And maybe throw Novak out there at that point? I’m usually a D’Antoni defender, but he does get outcoached (outfoxed) by guys like Rivers and Van Gundy, and it seems like he’s always reacting as opposed to making the other coach react.

      I thought the game turned around the minute crazy Stan went to the zone.

      That’s true. Mike D is lost. There were many good things going on before Melo era. These guys need the COACH. MDA has hell of the job with players and mr Woodson. Yes we have the talent but now we have wrong captain in this boat. But we win rings someday! Go Knicks!

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