Knicks Morning News (Tuesday, Oct 22 2013)

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Knicks Lose in Overtime (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:40:47 GMT)

    Terrence Ross scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Knicks, 123-120, in double overtime.    

  • [New York Times] Rose Scores 24 to Keep Bulls Unbeaten in Preseason (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 02:46:01 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored 24 points to keep the Chicago Bulls unbeaten in the preseason with a 105-84 victory over the winless Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Howard Leads Rockets Over Mavericks 100-95 (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 02:34:18 GMT)

    Dwight Howard had 15 points and 17 rebounds and James Harden scored 19 to help the Houston Rockets to a 100-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks on in a preseason game on Monday night.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Lose to Raptors in Double Overtime (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 02:25:01 GMT)

    Terrence Ross scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Knicks, 123-120, in double overtime.    

  • [New York Times] Irving’s Strong Effort Lifts Cavs Over 76ers (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 01:48:45 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving had 17 points and 12 assists to spoil the homecoming for Evan Turner as Cleveland beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-93 on Monday night in an exhibition game played at Value City Arena on the Ohio State campus.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Kenyon will play when it counts: Woodson (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:22:49 GMT)

    Kenyon Martin said Monday morning that the Knicks have mapped out a preservation plan for him for the upcoming season, but the veteran forward would not disclose what that plan entails.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Bargnani back in 2 OT loss (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:17:59 GMT)

    Andrea Bargnani suited up against his former Raptors team on Monday night, one day after the Knicks forward sat out practice with a stiff back. “I feel good. I just needed a little stretch,” Bargnani said before scoring 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting over 29 minutes in the Knicks’ 123-120 double-overtime loss.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Monday, Oct 21 2013)

  • [New York Times] Lillard Scores 28 as Blazers Beat Kings 109-105 (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 03:58:01 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, helping the Portland Trail Blazers edge the Sacramento Kings 109-105 in a preseason game on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Love Leads Timberwolves Past Celtics in Preseason (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 03:00:55 GMT)

    Kevin Love had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-89 preseason win against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.    

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Jazz 88-82 in Preseason Game (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 01:45:52 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson had 18 points and six assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 88-82 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Magic Hang On for 87-86 Victory Over Pistons (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 01:01:48 GMT)

    E’Twaun Moore had 14 points in 30 minutes, and the Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons 87-86 on Sunday night.    

  • [New York Times] Preseason Tries to Promote Global N.B.A. (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:19:59 GMT)

    The N.B.A.’s push to become a worldwide attraction turns the preseason into a globe-trotting exercise.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks injury bug bites Bargnani (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 04:27:00 GMT)

    There was a point during the Knicks’ open scrimmage on Sunday at Columbia, in which Carmelo Anthony was teamed with Ike Diogu, Cole Aldrich, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Chris Smith. What made that quintet significant was how many regulars were unavailable for the session due to injuries    

  • [New York Daily News] Bargnani added to list of nicked-up Knicks (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 02:29:24 GMT)

    There was a point during the Knicks’ open scrimmage on Sunday at Columbia, in which Carmelo Anthony was teamed with Ike Diogu, Cole Aldrich, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Chris Smith. What made that quintet significant was how many regulars were unavailable due to injuries.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Peace talks, says he won’t go easy on Melo (Mon, 21 Oct 2013 02:21:44 GMT)

    Metta World Peace has been matched up against Carmelo Anthony in practice for much of his first training camp with the Knicks, and the last thing the veteran forward says he’ll do is take it easy on the NBA’s reigning scoring champion.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Oct 20 2013)

  • [New York Times] Paul Scores 40, Clippers Top Nuggets 118-111 in OT (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 06:11:21 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored career preseason high of 40 points and added 11 assists to lead to the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Pacers Beat Cavs for First Preseason Win (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 02:27:55 GMT)

    David West scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-79 on Saturday night for their first preseason victory.    

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Hold Off Wizards, 93-89 at Rupp Arena (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 02:18:49 GMT)

    Anthony Davis scored 16 points and blocked Bradley Beal’s game-tying drive attempt with 11.9 seconds left to help the New Orleans Pelicans remain unbeaten with a 93-89 exhibition victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Beat Bobcats 89-83 in Greensboro, NC (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 02:12:58 GMT)

    Shawn Marion had 13 points and eight rebounds, leading the Dallas Mavericks to an 89-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.    

  • [New York Times] Wade’s 25 Points Lift Heat Over Spurs, 121-96 (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 02:07:02 GMT)

    LeBron James spent most of the night sitting with fans, Ray Allen didn’t re-enact his famous shot and the Larry O’Brien Trophy was nowhere to be found.    

  • [New York Times] James Sits Out Heat-Spurs Preseason Game (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:01:13 GMT)

    LeBron James missed Miami’s preseason game against San Antonio on Saturday night, sitting out in favor of rest and maintenance.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Season of Melo-Drama set to begin for Knicks (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 05:26:18 GMT)

    So this was the first official week of a season that will be about Melo-Drama Anthony, who’s almost as difficult to guard talking about his impending free agency as he often is when he gets hot shooting a basketball.    

  • [New York Daily News] Amar’e practices, but uncertain if he’ll be ready for opener (Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:50:47 GMT)

    You can remove Amar’e Stoudemire from the side of those milk cartons. Missing in action for the first 18 days of training camp, Stoudemire took a small but significant step Saturday in Knicks practice when he went through 5-on-5, halfcourt contact drills for the first time.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Oct 19 2013)

  • [New York Times] Lillard Leads Blazers Over Clippers, 94-84 (Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:30:47 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 94-84 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Bayern Munich Can Play Basketball, Too (Sat, 19 Oct 2013 03:57:32 GMT)

    Bayern Munich made a memorable debut in the Euroleague, romping to a 94-73 victory at Stelmet Zielona Gora of Poland.    

  • [New York Times] Rose Scores 32 to Lead Bulls Over Pacers (Sat, 19 Oct 2013 03:10:16 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored 32 points, including eight in the final three minutes, and Luol Deng added 22 as the Chicago Bulls remained unbeaten this preseason with a 103-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.    

  • [New York Times] Mike Miller Scores 19, Grizzlies Down Magic 97-91 (Sat, 19 Oct 2013 01:42:49 GMT)

    Mike Miller had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Ed Davis added 16 points and 10 boards, and the Memphis Grizzlies earned their third straight preseason win with a 97-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.    

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Melo move rings true (Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:20:05 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony has this free agent thing down to a science. In one breath he admits that testing the waters appeals to him while in the next he pledges his undying loyalty to New York.    

  • Knicks Morning News (Friday, Oct 18 2013)

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] MSG unveils plans for new media display (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:12:59 EDT)

    Madison Square Garden has revealed plans for a new scoreboard display at the arena. Here’s the press release:Madison Square Garden unveiled today the design for the Arena’s new state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind, center-hung multi-media display. The display will serve as the centerpiece of The Garden’s brand-new LED video display system, known as GardenVision, which will debut on October 25 as part of the third and final phase of The Garden’s unprecedented, $1 billion, three-year Transformation.

  • [New York Times] Cousins, Kings Win 3rd Straight, 107-90 Over Suns (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:43:30 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead the Sacramento Kings to their third straight preseason win, a 107-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Roberts Hits Jumper, Pelicans Top Thunder 105-102 (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:06:48 GMT)

    Brian Roberts scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including the go-ahead jumper with 30.6 seconds left, and the New Orleans Pelicans stayed unbeaten in the preseason with a 105-102 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Nets 86, Heat 62: For Garnett and Pierce, New Uniforms Do Nothing to Ease Rivalry With Heat (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:03:36 GMT)

    When the Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce this summer, they took not only their skill and spirit, but their enmities, too.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Retire Kidd’s No. 5, Then Beat Heat 86-62 (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:57:55 GMT)

    The Brooklyn Nets retired coach Jason Kidd’s number, then gave him an 86-62 preseason victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Questions Follow Knicks’ Anthony During a Return to His Hometown (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:16:57 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he planned to test free agency next summer, but he doesn’t want anybody to get the impression he won’t stay with the Knicks.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Top Hawks 106-104 on Baynes’ Late Basket (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:03:50 GMT)

    Aron Baynes sank a floater in the lane with 3 seconds remaining to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-104 preseason win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony Nets 22 in Knicks’ 98-89 Win Over Wizards (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:43:05 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony had 22 points in the first game he’s played in his hometown to lead the New York Knicks to a 98-89 preseason win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Irving Scores 15 as Cavs Down Pistons 96-84 (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:37:21 GMT)

    Kyrie Irving scored 12 of his 15 points in the third quarter to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-84 win over the Detroit Pistons in a preseason game Thursday night.    

  • [New York Times] Rivers’s Move Brings Power, and Scrutiny (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:26:23 GMT)

    Doc Rivers left the Celtics, pro basketball’s most successful franchise, for the Clippers, a team that had won two playoff series in 40 years.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo hints his ‘Decision’ will be between Knicks and Lakers (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 06:18:58 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony reiterated that he wants it all; he wants to be a Knick for life yet he also wants NBA teams — the Lakers, really — to court him when he becomes a free agent on July 1st.    

  • [New York Daily News] Shumpert leaves game with elbow injury (Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:11:54 GMT)

    Iman Shumpert’s bid for a starting job took a slight detour on Thursday when the third-year guard suffered a sprained right elbow in the first half of the Knicks’ 98-89 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards.    

  • Knicks 2014 SCHOENE Is A Real Bear

    ESPN’s prediction method SCHOENE has rung a bell with Knick fans by predicting the ‘Bockers to only win 37 games in 2014. It’s an alarmingly low number, considering the team is coming off taking the Atlantic with 54 wins and a hard fought second round series. For most fans it’s hard to understand why anything could be so pessimistic on New York’s prospects. In 2014, the Knicks are coming back with largely the same cast. The 5 starters of their final game in 2013, ‘Melo, Chandler, Felton, Shumpert, and Prigioni all will be in orange and blue come November, as will 5th man J.R. Smith, backup center Kenyon Martin, and even the oft-injured Amar’e Stoudemire. Heck New York added some decent complementary pieces in World Peace, Udrih, and Bargnani.

    So what gives?

    I’ll admit I’m bearish on the Knicks 2014 outlook, with the hopes that I’m wrong. But my reasons are primarily based on what has happened outside of the MSG headquarters. I feel that most of the top of the Eastern Conference has improved at a greater rate than New York, which would result in a Gotham slide down to 5th place (“Gotham slide”™ is a registered trademark of KnickerBlogger.Net.)

    On the other hand, there is reason to be concerned about the actual changes with the roster. Gone are Novak, Copeland, and Kidd, along with their TS% of 60.1, 58.3, and 53.2 respectively. World Peace, Udrih, and Bargnani will likely take the minutes of those three along with Brewer and White. One idea might be to take those 5,692 minutes from 2013 and give them to the new three, then look at the aggregate numbers. For the noobs, using their career averages seems like a reasonable place to start.

    Year eFG% ts% FT/FG OREB/36 TO/36
    2013 51.5% 55.0% 19.6 1.6 1.7
    2014 50.3% 54.4% 21.9 1.7 2.0

    Looking at the projected numbers, the Knicks are likely to take a drop in shooting efficiency. Last year New York was 8th in eFG, but if they shot 50.3%, they would been tied for 12th. If we pretend the gains in rebounding and free throws offset the loss in turnovers, then it reasons that this projected 2014 New York team will see a decline in offense.

    If we use the last 2 years stats for our players, the drop-off from 2013 is even larger.

    Year eFG% ts% FT/FG OREB/36 TO/36
    2013 51.5% 55.0% 19.6 1.6 1.7
    2014 49.7% 53.9% 21.5 1.7 2.0

    Now this kind of “Maimonidenian mathematics“, as Father Knickerbocker would call it, isn’t very precise. The NBA isn’t as simple as taking individual statistics across teams and roles and copy and paste numbers into excel to generate a new team total. And that doesn’t even account for the improvement/decline of players or the yearly variation in stats. But it does provide us with a starting point to a conversation on what the 2014 might be like. And it does show why an objective assessment, like SCHOENE, would also be bearish on the Knicks 2014 odds.

    Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Oct 17 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Melo: ‘I want to be a free agent’ (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:16:20 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony’s impending free agency continues to be the NBA’s worst-kept secret and his most logical next step.    

  • [New York Times] Lillard, Blazers Rally to Beat Jazz 99-92 (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:48:52 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Mo Williams came off the bench to add 17 to help the Portland Trail Blazers rally from a 12-point second-half deficit for a 99-92 victory over the Utah Jazz in a preseason game Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Harden, Rockets Top Magic 108-104 (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:55:01 GMT)

    James Harden had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 108-104 win over the Orlando Magic in a preseason game Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Rose Scores 22, Bulls Beat Pistons 96-81 (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:36:48 GMT)

    Derrick Rose scored 22 points in his long-awaited return to the United Center to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Anthony Likes Idea of Becoming Free Agent (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:08:08 GMT)

    The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony told The New York Observer that he intended to opt out of the final year of his contract after this season.    

  • [New York Times] Raptors Edge Celtics 99-97 in Preseason (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:55:26 GMT)

    Terrence Ross scored 19 points, Landry Fields had 14 and the Toronto Raptors beat Boston 99-97 on Wednesday night, handing the Celtics their fifth loss in six preseason games.    

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Top Pacers 92-85 in Preseason (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:37:07 GMT)

    Shawn Marion had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 92-85 in a preseason game on Wednesday night.