Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, May 08 2013)

  • [New York Times] Allen’s Defense Key as Grizzlies Top Thunder 99-93 (Wed, 08 May 2013 08:12:34 GMT)

    Tony Allen thought it might have been out of desperation that he ended up guarding Kevin Durant in crunch time.    

  • [New York Times] Column: Melo Has to Show He Can Make a Team Great (Wed, 08 May 2013 07:45:41 GMT)

    Demanding as New Yorkers can be, it doesn’t take much to keep Knicks fans happy.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Use Huge Run to Even Series With Pacers (Wed, 08 May 2013 07:16:35 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony’s shooting woes vanished as quickly as Indiana’s lead.    

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Drop Thunder 99-93 to Even Series at 1-1 (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:39:34 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies used a late run to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and even the Western Conference semifinals at one game.    

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Silence Thunder to Even Up Series (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:27:30 GMT)

    Mike Conley hit the go-ahead three-pointer and had a solid all-around game with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Memphis beat Oklahoma City 99-93 on Tuesday to even the Western Conference semi-final series at 1-1.    

  • [New York Times] Decisive Surge Gets a Spark From Prigioni, of All People (Wed, 08 May 2013 04:15:10 GMT)

    The Argentine rookie point guard Pablo Prigioni has been reluctant to shoot this season. Instead, he has focused on passing the ball, to get the proper ball movement on offense.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Moving On as Phil Jackson Is Said Not to Be Interested in Return (Wed, 08 May 2013 04:02:49 GMT)

    The Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson has indicated that he is not interested in returning to the sideline.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers Go Cold While Knicks Embark on 30-2 Run (Wed, 08 May 2013 03:37:17 GMT)

    The lid closed around the rim and Indiana fell victim to another prolonged stretch of catatonic offense, as they had at times during the regular season.    

  • [New York Times] Game 2: Knicks 105, Pacers 79: Knicks Roar to Victory, Rattling Rims and Pacers (Wed, 08 May 2013 03:36:54 GMT)

    Unbowed by the moment, unmoved by the Pacers’ size advantage, the Knicks blew the Pacers off the court with a stunning 23-0 run in the second half.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Use Huge Run to Even Series With Pacers (Wed, 08 May 2013 03:24:55 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony hung from the rim, the helpless defender who tried to stop his dunk lying on the court below after falling down.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Beat Pacers to Level Series at 1-1 (Wed, 08 May 2013 03:12:32 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, including 20 in the second half, as the New York Knicks turned on the razzle to thrash the Indiana Pacers 105-79 on Tuesday and level their best-of-seven NBA playoff series at 1-1.    

  • [New York Times] Game 2: Knicks vs. Pacers (Wed, 08 May 2013 03:11:08 GMT)

    The Knicks evened the series with the Pacers at one game apiece.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Stephenson Feels Right at Home at the Garden (Wed, 08 May 2013 01:10:20 GMT)

    The Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson is using rebounds and defense to make life difficult for the Knicks.    

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Spike Lee and Reggie Miller, 18 Years Later (Wed, 08 May 2013 00:16:35 GMT)

    Spike Lee and Reggie Miller meet again, 18 years later.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Melo brushes off King tweet (Wed, 08 May 2013 06:05:38 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony defended and then thanked Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn for giving him a first-place MVP vote, one that prevented LeBron James from being a unanimous winner.    

  • [New York Daily News] Pablo’s offense gives Knicks assist (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:56:50 GMT)

    An unlikely chant burst through the Garden Tuesday night with just over three minutes left and the Knicks up by 30. The fans weren’t celebrating Carmelo Anthony or Tyson Chandler.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Woodson doesn’t let Game 1 struggles affect lineup (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:52:33 GMT)

    Small ball still works just fine for the Knicks, even against the Indiana Pacers and their big, imposing frontcourt. So forget about the Knicks ditching everything and trying a new, bigger starting lineup in this second-round playoff series.    

  • [New York Daily News] Shump pumps up crowd with dunk (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:43:30 GMT)

    For those who didn’t already realize that his nickname rhymes with jump, Iman Shumpert provided a search-engine friendly reminder early in the second quarter Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Melo brings old playoff feel back to Garden (Wed, 08 May 2013 05:38:21 GMT)

    This was the best of Carmelo Anthony and the best of the whole season for the Knicks with what felt like the whole season on the line, the best of the Knicks at both ends of the court, from the end of the third quarter all the way into the middle of the fourth.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo, Knicks redeem selves against Pacers (Wed, 08 May 2013 01:52:43 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony, struggling with his shot and under heavy criticism, was going to erupt. Who knew it would coincide with the Pacers imploding. The Knicks-Pacers series took a dramatic turn in the second half on Wednesday as one team couldn’t stop scoring and the other team couldn’t find the basket.    

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    4 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, May 08 2013)”

    1. What a difference a day makes! I read that dogrufus is predicting we might push them all the way to six games. Sweet relief.

      The entire game was one of those where every time you look up at the scoreboard you think “Huh? Really?”. It felt like we were really outplaying them in the first half and somehow it’s a 5 point game at the half, then they spark that little run in the 3rd, they have the lead, the momentum, and they called a timeout and went to their bench players. And I just wonder if that won’t turn out to be the turning point of the series as well. I realize that Vogel was going to have to steal some minutes with his bench at some point, but it really felt like he had a chance to put the boot on the throat there, and instead he assigned the task to Jeff Pendergraph. Which worked about as well as you’d expect.

      That fourth quarter really felt like it took the monkey off a lot of guys’ backs. The energy, the shot making, the defense, the passing, it just felt like a whole team simultaneously regaining their mojo. In that respect I think the long break to game 3 is a curse for us. It’s long enough for the initial impact of the game to wear off and the big picture to reemerge. That was a cathartic victory, but the Pacers still got their job done on the road. If they hold serve they’ll win the series. We’re still the desperate team, and I hope we play like it. I thought the energy, focus and intensity by the Knicks last night was night and day from game 1.

      My last thought is that once again I can’t believe how good a job GG has done filling out the back half of our roster. The real difference between these two teams is 6-12, and as the series goes along I think we’re going to make that advantage tell more and more. Vogel doesn’t have a single bench guy he can trust, and we have 3 or 4. We need to win this series during those 5 minute spells of Sam Young, Perdergraph, Augustin and whoever else.

    2. If Hibbert has one game where he gets the shit whistle Carmelo got in game 1, the Knicks will blow the Pacers out. So far the difference in the series is that the Pacers have been able to play their best players more than the Knicks. Their only big run of the series came with Melo in foul trouble in game 1, if Hibbert or West have to go to the bench they have nothing to fall back on.

    3. I have to say, every single game of Round 2 so far has been sensational (ok, the Knicks games just because the Knicks were involved). But talk about drama and quality bball. It’s a good time to be an NBA fan.

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