Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jan 25 2012)

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup | Knicks 111, Bobcats 78 : Knicks End Six-Game Losing Streak With a Rout of the Bobcats (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 07:40:20 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had a career-low 1 point, but the Knicks got 20 from Tyson Chandler, and 18 each from Amar’e Stoudemire and Landry Fields in a rout of the Bobcats.

  • [New York Times] Wizards Fire Saunders (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 01:25:39 GMT)

    Flip Saunders was fired as coach of the N.B.A.-worst Washington Wizards and replaced by the assistant Randy Wittman, who has the job for the rest of the season.

  • [New York Times] Aldridge, Camby Lead Blazers Past Grizzlies 97-84 (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 06:10:12 GMT)

    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Marcus Camby grabbed a season-high 22 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers beat Memphis 97-84 on Tuesday night, snapping the Grizzlies’ seven-game winning streak.

  • [New York Times] Bosh Steps In to Guide Heat Past Battling Cavaliers (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:29:50 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 17 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to supply the firepower for the Miami Heat in a 92-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Bargnani Returns, Raptors End Skid Against Suns (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:04:27 GMT)

    Andrea Bargnani returned after missing six games with a left calf strain to score 27 of his 36 points in the second half, and the Toronto Raptors snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Phoenix 99-96 on Tuesday night, their first win over the Suns in eight years.

  • [New York Times] Bosh Steals Spotlight as Heat Beat Cavs (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 03:56:04 GMT)

    Chris Bosh scored 17 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to supply the firepower for the Miami Heat in a 92-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Bosh’s Big Finish Helps Heat Top Cavs, 92-85 (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 04:19:38 GMT)

    LeBron James was not at his best, and a game against his former team was slipping away.

  • [New York Times] Anderson Leads Magic in 102-83 Win Over Pacers (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 04:19:46 GMT)

    Ryan Anderson had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 102-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Snap 6-Game Skid, Rout Bobcats 111-78 (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:52:33 GMT)

    Tyson Chandler had 20 points and 17 rebounds as the New York Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 111-78 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Perreault’s Hat Trick Leads Capitals Past Bruins (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 03:34:04 GMT)

    Mathieu Perreault got his first career hat trick, including the tie-breaking goal in the third period, to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks get ‘O’ going but not Melo in 111-78 win (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 06:00:43 GMT)

    They may have stopped the bleeding Tuesday night, but the concerns about this Knicks team continue despite a 111-78 win over the Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena. It was the first win for the Knicks (7-10) in seven games, since a Jan. 11 win over the 76ers.

  • [New York Post] Anthony scores career low as Knicks cruise (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:52:17 -0500)

    That’s what Carmelo Anthony scored last night in a stunning â?? and perhaps telling â?? result. With Anthony muted, the Knicks (7-10) bombed the Bobcats, 111-78, last night at Time Warner Cable Arena to break their six-game losing streak.
    Anthony’s one point was a career low, and it was the…

  • [New York Post] Baron could make long-awaited Knicks debut tonight (Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:35:53 -0500)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Baron Watch took all sorts of twists and turns yesterday.
    Whenever Baron Davis makes his Knicks debut â?? be it tonight in Cleveland or, more likely, Saturday in Houston â?? his former coach Paul Silas believes they will get the floor leader they have lacked this season…

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    15 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Jan 25 2012)”

    1. We should all keep in mind that the reason we didn’t need Melo to score last night is because we were going against a pathetic Bobcats front line, where Amare and Chandler just dominated at will inside. When those options are taken away, we will need some scoring from Melo. Not saying he will need to take 30 shots, but there will certainly be times against better defenses where it will boil down to Melo taking his man off the dribble or facing the basket. I know to some that’s “ball stopping” but not every possession will be some sort of free flowing pipe dream where everyone touches the ball and we end up with a dunk or a wide open 3, especially against the better defenses in the NBA.

      However, I am concerned with Melo’s shot, he’s missing midrange jumpers by a lot. Has to be the wrist and now his new right hand injury.

    2. Exactly d-mar, at some point you don’t surprise the well prepared teams, Landry Fields is only going to get so many open drives to the rim, the nice thing about Melo is that if he fully buys into the offense, he has a Kobe like versatility to his offensive skills, and posting up Melo, once we get proper spacing when guys learn to shoot, could be used similarly to how Dallas just kept posting Dirk up and letting him beat his man one on one. It looks like he should sit out a game or so to heal his wrist, even if we’ll probably lose those games.

    3. I might be the only one who thinks this, but I have a feeling that our recent slump (especially among our purported superstars) is attributable to the amount of time D’Antoni plays them in a condensed schedule.

      I think we need to be giving our other players more run for a few reasons. First and most obviously, it gives us a much better chance in the playoffs if we can rest our starters more. Second, after our starters (or maybe even after our big 3), the difference in player skill is marginal. The difference between our sixth man (apparently Walker) and our biggest scrub (Lin or Jordan) is nothing compared to the jump from the big 3 to anyone else on the bench. More PT should help them find their games, and even if it doesn’t, it’s not like choosing anyone else off the bench kills us.
      (Side note – I think Jeffries is a special case here – his ability to defend 4 positions is a huge bonus to the team, one that goes very unnoticed on this site IMO).

      Third, it keeps our offense moving. Hear me out – I (and many of you) believe that Melo and Amare aren’t synergistic on offense, at least as of this point. However, unlike many of you, I don’t think that ‘time cures all ailments’ in this situation. While they might get some chemistry together, I think their playstyles directly conflict with each other (and it’s not realistic to ask players to radically reshape their playstyle in their prime). So why not separate them out? Iman’s our best ball handler (unfortunately), so put him with Stat. Douglas is just an undersized 2 who can (kind-of) defend, put him with Melo (who’ll have control of the ball). Put in our defensive pieces (Chandler, Jeffries, etc) as necessary. Run the offense through our stars, but emphasize ball movement. The more of our bench we use, the more running we can do.

      Maybe it’s me, but the most excited I’ve been this season is when we went 10 deep against the Celtics and still were effective. It allowed us to move the ball and win.

    4. I also gotta disagree with two of JP’s ratings.

      Melo – I don’t know why people didn’t talk about this, but Melo’s first two or three shots were the exact types of shots I don’t want him taking, contested twos (and one not-open 3) early in the shot clock. YES, he is ungodly good at those, and YES, those have their time and place. However, you need to move the ball and see what kind of looks we can get and only rely on that in the waning seconds of the shot clock if nothing’s happening. Only after missing those did he say to himself “Wow, I really can’t hit a thing, I’m going to distribute and only shoot when I’m wide open.” Kudos to him though, because previously if his shot wasn’t going he would’ve driven to the basket and tried to draw the foul – again, not a bad move and he’s great at it, but he needs to utilize that to create open players and keep the pass open as an option (granted, he’s not as bad as Amare, who has the worst scoring tunnelvision when he drives that I’ve ever seen).

      Jordan – I love big men and I thought he did better than C range, that is all. Completely biased on my part, but I want him having more run. Then again, my optimal lineup would be a 7 foot average of the frontcourt, so I might not be the best person to listen to.

    5. Matt Smith:
      Melo – I don’t know why people didn’t talk about this, but Melo’s first two or three shots were the exact types of shots I don’t want him taking, contested twos (and one not-open 3) early in the shot clock. YES, he is ungodly good at those, and YES, those have their time and place.

      …you’ve got to be kidding me. Are you trolling?

    6. What I liked the most about last nights game was the fact that for the first time this season, Melo didn’t force the win. He wasn’t forcing his game, he adapted his game. His shot wasn’t there and he started passing and trusting the team to get a flow going. I think once he saw that the team was responding he started to buy into the ball movement. I understand that the Bobcats are a horrible team but look what happened the first two times we played them. 1 Loss and 1 very ugly win. In both those games Melo was putting the game on his back and throwing up shot after shot. Anytime another player got the ball it was a quick 3 or a contested shot.

      I also liked the fact that Melo looked loose on the bench. He didn’t look mad about his 1 point; he looked happy that the load wasn’t on him. I know that he’s not going to have single digit scoring nights and I sincerely hope that he doesn’t. I hope that last nights game will open his eyes to the team he has around him and also remind him that he IS a good passer and he can create shots and opportunities when he starts the ball movement.

    7. The Bobcats are bad. 3-15 bad. 28th in offense and 29th in defense bad. Let’s see how we hold up against the Cavs, who shoot the 3-ball pretty well and hold their own on the glass.

    8. its not a good time to trade for Rubio, his stock is super high and ours is low… let him sign with us after his rookie contract is up, he wants ny

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