Knicks Do Something Dumb!

Yet another dumb thing by the Knicks.

by Kriel IbarrolaFebruary 5, 2020
The New York Knicks are finally taking some steps in the right direction by relieving Steve Mills from his duties as president of basketball operations on Tuesday.

Pundits believe that team owner James Dolan will try to make a big splash by luring Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri away from Canada and into The Big Apple.

While acquiring a brilliant mind and proven winner in Ujiri will certainly turn things around for the dysfunctional franchise, the Knicks could actually go an unorthodox, yet increasingly popular route.

We’re talking about the possibility of giving a player agent full reigns over one of the biggest basketball markets in the world.

Bulls 82, Knicks 81

New York Knicks 81 Final
Recap | Box Score
82 Chicago Bulls
Andrea Bargnani, PF

25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -9

Fine. Not his fault Woody started him and played him a bit too much. We should be using him like we used Novak and taking his ability to penetrate and draw fouls as gravy. I think that gets figured out eventually. Tonight he hit a few shots and competed gamely on defense. More rebounds would be great but so would…I don’t know…something equally unrealistic? A pet unicorn whose horn was also a satellite receiver? That would be pretty tight. What were we talking about? Oh, Bargs. By no means should he be a part of the crunch-time lineup right now and, to Woody’s credit, he wasn’t.

Carmelo Anthony, SF

42 MIN | 8-24 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 6 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -6

Such a weird game. He had 6 steals and 6 assists and played excellent team defense. His shot wasn’t going which happens to everybody from time to time but his offensive approach the last 4 minutes of the game was horrible and probably prevented the Knicks from stealing a road win on the second night of a back-to-back against one of the 4 best teams in their conference. I get that hero ball is a part of the NBA, I get that Iso-Melo is a thing that is going to happen in the closing moments of close games. I am at peace with it. But it strikes me as very odd that we can erase a 12 point deficit through cohesive, movement-intensive team offense and then decide that Melo, like some sort of latter-day Jerome Bettis, has the right to put it over the goal line. He will win us plenty of games this year but on this night against Luol Deng and this Thibodeau-designed defense, he bailed the Bulls out.

Tyson Chandler, C

36 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 19 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +8

You remembered that when he’s 100% he’s the best and most important player on the team, right? That he fits perfectly with Melo, perfectly with a defensive philosophy built on switching and jumping passing lanes, perfectly with a point guard that gets by on herky-jerky savvy and workaday efficiency rather than lightning quickness and stylistic flair, perfectly with teammates that like to chuck up threes and wait for their human-ball-return of a pivot man to give them do-overs on their misses? That he’s an unstoppable roll man that creates historically high-percentage chances and forces opposing post players into early foul trouble? That he plays team defense the way Steve Atwater played free safety and motivates his teammates by the sheer force of personality exuded by every glare, every chest-pound, every primal yell?

Did you remember? Now you remember.

Raymond Felton, PG

37 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +6

He looks quicker to me this season. He’s looked more comfortable to me since the calendar turned to 2013 and he was paired with Prigioni and given as much opportunity to freelance off the ball as to dominate it and create for others. On the ball, he’s far more dangerous with an athletic roll man at his disposal and right now he’s getting precisely that from the rejuvenated Chandler. The shot was off tonight but he protected the ball (2 turnovers in 37 minutes) and defended (bull)doggedly, staying in front of Rose when his number was called and switching away sharply when required. His one three-point make was a huge one that gets lost in the defeat. If 2 of his misses drop it’s a really good game.

Iman Shumpert, SG

25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +1

Not much in the way of numbers tonight but the Knicks’ best defensive lineups this year are going to be the ones that involve at least 2 (and often 3) of him, Chandler, World Peace, and Prigs just jumping passing lanes and closing out on guys hard and applying full-court pressure and generally being a pain in everybody else’s ass. I can’t wait to see more of it.

Amar’e Stoudemire, PF

11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -3

I guess it doesn’t look that bad on paper — 5 points on 3 shots in 11 minutes — but I was sad watching Stoudemire tonight. His legs just aren’t there anymore and given that there hasn’t been any injury news to speak of lately and he took last night off, that probably means they ain’t coming back. He’s got little to offer as a roll man; no less a defensive stiff than Mike Dunleavy was able to beat him to his spot, set himself, and draw a charge tonight. He’s not getting any rebound he has to compete for and, cruelly, just when he seems like he’s started to know where to be on defense, he doesn’t have the athleticism to bang with the big boys or stay in front of his man. Looking at STAT, I think of Antonio McDyess, another impossibly athletic 4 who lost his legs and had to completely change his game to claim a second act to his career. STAT will never be the gritty defender that McDyess was but if he can accept that he’s now a post scorer (and a damn good one) and mid-range jump shooter (ditto) and Woodson can find creative ways to use him as such, he still has a great chance to be a useful offensive player. Defensively, he’s GOT to rebound. It was never his primary strength but if his shot-blocking days are over (they are) and he can no longer be the athletic centerpiece of an offense (he can’t) he needs to commit himself to locking down the defensive glass.

Basically, I want him to be a poor man’s David Lee. Hence the sadness.

Kenyon Martin, PF

4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2

Here’s something that makes no sense. Woodson starts Bargnani tonight and, in explaining his decision, emphasizes his determination to go big against a Bulls team that bangs on the interior and relies on a penetrating point guard on offense.

Two things:

1) This is stupid and I expect better from a head coach who showed legitimate creativity last season. Bargs is seven feet tall but you don’t use him to “go big” (unless you’re playing him at, like, shooting guard) you specifically use him to “go small.” It’s an intellectually dishonest claim that sounds like ass-covering from a coach who was instructed to start the team’s biggest offensive acquisition at least some of the time. I admittedly have no idea whether this is true, I just choose to believe that Woodson doesn’t actually believe such a BS justification.

2) But, OK, fine, you want to go big. Why make Martin unavailable tonight? You know the season starts with a back to back and you know the Bulls are on the tail end of it. Why use K-Mart against the Bucks instead of letting him spell Chandler tonight and protect the rim from Rose and co.? Why throw STAT to the wolves and make him guard Noah and Boozer instead of Larry Sanders and John Henson? It smacks of the type of short-sightedness that the league’s top coaches simply don’t fall victim to. And we lost by one freaking point tonight, so you can’t say it didn’t matter.

Metta World Peace, SF

23 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -4

Shot badly, defended hard, marginalized down the stretch by iso-Melo. Starting to sound familiar?

Pablo Prigioni, PG

11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7

Love his defense, love his wiles, needs to take his own shot when it’s there. Had two extremely clean looks at threes and passed into traffic each time. Again, one point game, little things.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG

27 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +7

His stroke is pretty but wasn’t true tonight. Don’t care. Competes on defense, takes his shot in the flow of the offense, grinds all night. He can play on my team any day. We are getting very good at finding guards in the middle part of the draft.

As a side note, his build and movement remind me so much of Anfernee Hardaway, which is odd since they share a last name but aren’t related. That he doesn’t look like his father will spare me much self-reflection that I frankly lack the time for. Double points!

Mike Woodson

The season turns on games like this: a back to back on the road against a good team that didn’t have its fastball. If we just want to be a playoff team, we can write off a road loss against the Bulls no matter the circumstances. If we want our name on the short list, though, we need to grab winnable games by the throat and worry about people’s feelings later. And tonight, for this coach, that meant telling the star that the last couple of possessions are his but the 5 or 6 before them have to look like the ones that brought us back from a 12-point hole. It meant realizing before the start of LAST night’s game that 12-15 minutes of Kenyon Martin vs. the Bulls was an absolute must.

The D grade is for not doing those things. The “Plus” is for the team’s excellent defensive effort and Woody’s willingness to deviate from what one presumes was the initial plan and sit Bargs down the stretch.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Fantastic team defense. Holding the opposition to 41% shooting is good enough in its own right but when that number includes only 3 made three-pointers and is accompanied by 18 turnovers and only 19 FT attempts, it’s sensational. All told, 82 points on 89 possessions for Chicago tonight. No matter how rusty Rose was, that’s awesome.
  2. Speaking of Rose, at some point tonight I’m going to try to suspend my frustration over this loss (indeed, my very Knick fandom), rewatch his game-winner, and smile for just a moment. Derrick Rose is back and the NBA is that much richer for it.
  3. And as for that game-winning rainbow floater, the Knicks defended it perfectly. Just a great player making a tough shot, nothing to complain about.
  4. Oh yeah, that’s right, there IS one thing to complain about which is that if we just ran the freaking offense for the last 4 minutes of the game, we’re probably up 6 points and the Bulls never have a chance to win it. I usually dig Steve Kerr’s work, but his comment after Rose hit the shot (“It’s a superstar game down the stretch!”) was utterly asinine. To effusively and unreservedly praise Rose’s make (and the philosophy that led to it) after the preceding 3 minutes of hero ball from Rose and Melo prevented either team from putting away a game that was being handed to it (the Bulls missed their previous NINE shots and the Knicks hardly looked better) was the type of head-in-the-sand cheerleading by a prominent analyst that leads casual NBA observers to think the sport that we love is something very different from what it actually is and to think that teams like the Spurs are boring when what they actually are is awesome. Other than that, great point.
  5. If the defense plays like this all year, the Knicks will win 55 games. I hope we weren’t just being the ’93 Knicks for Halloween (if we were, losing a winnable game to the Bulls in heartbreaking fashion was a pretty effective flourish).

Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Oct 27 2013)

  • [New York Newsday] Mike Woodson strongly considering alternating Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin (Sun, 27 Oct 2013 02:50:39 EDT)

    Fans at Friday night's unveiling of the renovated Madison Square Garden also got to see Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin make their preseason debuts for the Knicks.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Tick-Off: Bothered by naysayers predicting teams downfall (Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:52:52 GMT)

    The so-called experts have forecast a major drop-off for the Knicks, from second in the Eastern Conference to the second-best team in New York City, and maybe not better than the fifth-best team in the East this season.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Oct 26 2013)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Like Voltron, Knicks come together as unit (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:35:21 EDT)

    NEW YORK — The Knicks appear to be getting whole as the regular season approaches.J.R. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin made their preseason debuts in Friday night’s 85-83 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. All three rotation players had missed the previous six preseason games due to injury.Smith scored 11 points and had three rebounds in 13 minutes. He also hit a 35-foot jumper at the third-quarter buzzer.Stoudemire had six points on 3-of-4 shooting in 12 minutes.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] New Garden bridges a hit with fans (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:02:32 EDT)

    NEW YORK –- The Madison Square Garden transformation appears to be a hit so far with fans.Some of the 19,812 fans who attended the debut of the renovated Madison Square Garden during the Knicks game against the Bobcats on Friday were thrilled with the new MSG changes. And that included those sitting on one of the new “Chase Bridges” as well as fans sitting at the very top of the arena on stools situated behind them.”I love it,” said Steve Marrero, a contractor seated on one of the bridges.

  • [New York Times] Thomas Leads Kings to 110-100 Win Over Clippers (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 05:09:44 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 110-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Lakers End Preseason With 111-106 Win Over Jazz (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:30:47 GMT)

    Steve Blake scored 13 of his 19 points in the third quarter, Pau Gasol and Nick Young each had 16, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 111-106 Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Wizards Acquire Gortat From Suns (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:55:52 GMT)

    The Washington Wizards acquired center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers End Preseason With 98-77 Win Over Mavs (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:19:12 GMT)

    Paul George scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter and the Indiana Pacers used a 13-0 run to race past the Dallas Mavericks 98-77 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.    

  • [New York Times] Harden Hurt in Rockets Rout of Memphis (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:10:02 GMT)

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden was listed as day-to-day after leaving Friday night’s preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a right knee bruise.    

  • [New York Times] Bucks-Raptors Preseason Game Canceled (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:07:03 GMT)

    The Milwaukee Bucks have a slick new floor to play on this season.    

  • [New York Times] Nets’ Williams Looks Sharp in First Preseason Action (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:55:02 GMT)

    Deron Williams, the team’s mercurial point guard, spent much of the preseason watching from the sidelines after sustaining a sprained left ankle in mid-August.    

  • [New York Times] Williams Scores 11, Nets Top Heat 108-87 (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:51:47 GMT)

    Deron Williams got his first preseason action. LeBron James and Chris Bosh didn’t need any more.    

  • [New York Times] Bulls End Preseason With 94-89 Win Over Nuggets (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:48:56 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored 15 points and the Chicago Bulls ended the preseason with a 94-89 win Friday over the Denver Nuggets.    

  • [New York Times] With Whiff of Nepotism, Knicks Tiptoe Toward Opener (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:43:51 GMT)

    The Knicks are neither the healthiest nor the deepest team in the Eastern Conference, and the roster cuts on Friday did little to address some pressing needs.    

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Run Past Magic 101-82 (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:36:49 GMT)

    Brian Roberts scored 21 points and Eric Gordon added 12 to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 101-82 rout of the Orlando Magic on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Walker, Bobcats Rally, Spoil Knicks’ Return to MSG (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 02:06:52 GMT)

    Kemba Walker scored 18 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 1:31 remaining as the Charlotte Bobcats spoiled the New York Knicks’ return to Madison Square Garden with an 85-83 preseason victory Friday night.    

  • [New York Post] Melo struggles, Knicks lose despite Amar’e and J.R. returns (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:05:52 -0400)

    Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith were back, full of hope, and the Knicks were back at a newly transformed Garden ,full of glitter. But the preseason ended on a dampening…

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e, J.R. and Kenyon do 3-man weave back into lineup (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:14:38 GMT)

    The Knicks’ only home game of the preseason turned into a fully participatory dress rehearsal for Opening Night, with injured veterans J.R.    

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: MSG transformation complete, not Knicks (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:07:08 GMT)

    The cost exceeded $1 billion and the project took 13 long, painful years. That’s approximately how much James Dolan spent on the Knicks’ payroll dating back to 2001 before the franchise finally won a playoff series last season.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: It’s sibling revelry for Smith family (Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:55:31 GMT)

    The little brother and the big man were among those to survive the Knicks’ five roster cuts Friday and remain for now on the team’s 15-man roster.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Friday, Oct 25 2013)

  • [New York Times] Blazers Beat Warriors 90-74 in Preseason Finale (Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:13:03 GMT)

    The taxing preseason, which included two games in China, is finally over. Whether the Golden State Warriors are ready to live up to lofty expectations remains unclear.    

  • [New York Times] Harden, Howard Help Rockets Roll Past Spurs (Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:43:05 GMT)

    James Harden had 22 points and 11 assists, Dwight Howard added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets routed the San Antonio Spurs 109-92 on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Wolves on Smith’s 3-Pointer (Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:16:02 GMT)

    Josh Smith made a 3-pointer as time expired and finished with 20 points to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night in both teams’ exhibition finale.    

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo's heart-to-heart with J.R. (Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:33:40 EDT)

    NEW YORK — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he had a “heart-to-heart” with longtime teammate J.R. Smith when news surfaced that Smith had been suspended five games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.Anthony delivered a dose of tough love to Smith during the conversation.”The time is now,” Anthony said he told Smith. “You’ve got to want to help yourself. Everybody else wants to help you but if you don’t want to help yourself, that defeats the purpose.

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. to see first game action for Knicks (Fri, 25 Oct 2013 02:15:54 GMT)

    J.R. Smith visited Lambeau Field with a few teammates the other day when the Knicks were in Green Bay. Coming off knee surgery and still not feeling like his old explosive self, he didn’t try to do a Lambeau Leap on the field where they coined the term “the frozen tundra.”    

  • Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Oct 24 2013)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo, Bargnani an eyesore on defense (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:21:12 EDT)

    Mike Woodson said earlier this week that he wants to take a longer look at Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani playing together at power forward and center. Do you think he’s seen enough at this point?Bargnani and Anthony shared the floor for just over 11 minutes on Wednesday when no Knicks center was on the floor. The result wasn’t very pretty. The Knicks were outscored 33-22 in that span in a 105-95 loss to Milwaukee. The Bucks scored roughly three points per minute when Woodson paired Anthony and Bargnani together at power forward and center.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks nepotism? Woodson says JR’s bro has leg up (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:37:12 GMT)

    J.R. Smith is more than just a big brother to Chris Smith. He could be his ticket to the NBA. Mike Woodson revealed that Chris Smith’s hopes of earning one of the Knicks’ final roster spots is enhanced by being J.R. Smith’s younger brother.    

  • [New York Times] Clippers Hold Off Jazz for 103-99 Preseason Win (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 05:25:24 GMT)

    Darren Collison scored 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and Blake Griffin had 15 points through the first three periods, helping the Los Angeles Clippers post a 103-99 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Kings Edge Warriors in Preseason (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:48:53 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points to help the Sacramento Kings rally in the fourth quarter and beat the Golden State Warriors 91-90 in a preseason game Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Bulls Beat Thunder in Preseason (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:25:23 GMT)

    Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Oden Returns as Heat Best Pelicans, 108-95 (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:10:14 GMT)

    For Greg Oden and his Miami Heat teammates, four minutes on an NBA court in a preseason game was cause for celebration.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: N.B.A. Finals Format Tweaked (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 03:49:35 GMT)

    N.B.A. owners unanimously voted Wednesday to scrap the 2-3-2 finals format and return to 2-2-1-1-1, believing the travel inconveniences teams faced 30 years ago no longer exist.    

  • [New York Times] Suns Rally Past Nuggets for 98-79 Win (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 03:43:23 GMT)

    Eric Bledsoe scored 21 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix Suns pulled away to beat the Denver Nuggets 98-79 in a preseason game Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Mavs Get Preseason Win Over Hawks (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 03:07:02 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points, Monta Ellis added 15 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-88 in a preseason game Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Bucks Hold Off Knicks in Preseason (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 03:00:49 GMT)

    Caron Butler scored 24 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a preseason victory, 105-95 over the Knicks in Green Bay.    

  • [New York Times] Pierce, Ex-Celtic and Current Net, Straddling Two Cities (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 02:37:09 GMT)

    Paul Pierce traveled with the Nets to Boston, his professional home of the previous 15 years, but he didn’t take part in Wednesday’s preseason game.    

  • [New York Times] Celtics Close Preseason With 101-97 Win Over Nets (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 02:01:09 GMT)

    Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass scored 16 points apiece and Vitor Faverani added 15 points and seven rebounds as the Boston Celtics closed out the preseason with a 101-97 victory over the short-handed Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Barea, Love Lead T’wolves Over 76ers, 125-102 (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:42:53 GMT)

    J.J. Barea scored 22 points, Kevin Love added 19 and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised past the Philadelphia 76ers 125-102 in a preseason game Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Raptors Rout Grizzlies in Preseason (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:36:47 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Rudy Gay had 15 against his former team and the Toronto Raptors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-72 on Wednesday night, their fifth straight preseason win.    

  • [New York Times] Wizards Beat Cavaliers in Preseason (Thu, 24 Oct 2013 01:27:54 GMT)

    Bradley Beal scored 21 points and Trevor Ariza added 19 as the Washington Wizards erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit before pulling away for a 101-82 preseason victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Wednesday, Oct 23 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] SEE IT: World Peace gives Psycho-T a scare (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:43:42 GMT)

    Tyler Hansbrough appeared to be looking for a fight … until he discovered his combatant would be Metta World Peace.    

  • [New York Times] Lakers Return From China, Beat Jazz 108-94 (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:12:54 GMT)

    Jordan Farmar scored 13 of his 20 points during a 3:17 span of the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers got double-digit scoring from three other reserves en route to a 108-94 preseason victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Stars Sit as Green, Bledsoe Lead Suns Past Thunder (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:40:09 GMT)

    Gerald Green and Eric Bledsoe both had 15 points and P.J. Tucker added 13 to lead the Phoenix Suns past the depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 88-76 in preseason play Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Magic in Preseason (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:57:47 GMT)

    Patty Mills scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Orlando Magic 123-101 on Tuesday night in their penultimate preseason game.    

  • [New York Times] Pistons Beat Wizards in Preseason (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:16:04 GMT)

    Greg Monroe scored 18 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 99-96 in a preseason game Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers Beat Hawks in Preseason (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:07:05 GMT)

    David West had 24 points and seven rebounds, Paul George had 17 points and Luis Scola scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 107-89 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sleeping in Opponent’s Shorts? Chicken Before Games? Terry Has Rituals (Wed, 23 Oct 2013 02:06:21 GMT)

    Jason Terry, who is set to make his Nets debut Wednesday, is one of the N.B.A.’s most superstitious players and one of its most accomplished bench scorers.