New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

The Dallas Mavericks will look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they host the New York Knicks at the American Airlines Center Wednesday night.

The Mavericks may not have a very difficult task ahead of them, either. The Knicks will likely be without Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to miss the rest of New York’s road trip with back issues, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Dallas is also coming off what could be considered its worst loss of the season, a 111-100 Monday night defeat to the Indiana Pacers. This seems like an ideal time for the Mavericks to bounce back.

This contest will mark the first time Tyson Chandler faces off against the Knicks since New York traded him to Dallas over the summer.

The Mavericks and Knicks have played each other very evenly the past three seasons, with the two teams splitting the meetings each year.

Catch all of the action at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Knicks Injury Update: Carmelo Anthony doubtful with back spasms

Star New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is officially listed as doubtful, per Knicks PR, for tomorrow night’s game versus the Dallas Mavericks due to back spasms. Carmelo Anthony did not practice today in Dallas with the team and is listed as doubtful for tomorrow with back spasms.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 25, 2014 During last night’s game in Houston, Carmelo Anthony made a jumper in the second quarter but winced in pain upon landing. He left the game and did not return with the team citing back spasms. He also didn’t speak with reporters after the game as he was still receiving treatment, via the New York Times’ Scott Cacciola.Anthony is averaging 23.2 PPG and 5.8 RPG this season.Wikimedia CommonsLike what you’re reading? Subscribe to our email list for daily injury updates!Email Address Follow @sprtsinjryalert For more commentary and analysis, visit our friends at Last Word on Sports!

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Harden leads depleted Rockets over Knicks 91-86 (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24: Donatas Motiejunas #20 of the Houston Rockets shoots the ball against the New York Knicks during the game on November 24, 2014 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Rockets guard James Harden eyed the scoreboard that showed the New York Knicks’ six-point lead with less than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter on Monday night.


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Harden leads depleted Rockets over Knicks

With Howard out, Harden scores 36 points to lead Rockets over Knicks

      
 

 

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New York Knicks’ Offense Needs Jose Calderon’s Steady Hand

A strained calf delayed Jose Calderon‘s New York Knicks debut, per the team’s PR, but his presence at the point is essential for them to fulfill their offensive potential.

After a 91-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 22, Calderon’s first game as a Knick, Carmelo Anthony expressed optimism to the New York Post’s Fred Kerber that the offense will blossom as the personnel gels.

“It’s going to keep improving, reading what your teammate wants to do. That’s the key. That ball movement, that spacing,” Calderon said.

“Every game is going to be better for me just to be out there getting into a rhythm. It’s [over] two weeks without really playing … I expected it to happen on a few things, maybe you were a second slower than you wanted to be or that pass is not there. It’s going to be about time but I felt good health-wise and that’s the most important thing. We got the win. I’m happy. Better things are coming for sure.”

Two nights later, Calderon dished five more assists and had zero turnovers, though he was only 3-7 on nine points in the 91-86 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Save for Carmelo Anthony’s re-signing, Calderon was the default crown jewel of a summer that brought many useful yet middling players to New York. As the NBA‘s site reports, the Bockers dealt Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks in order to return the 6’3″ point guard, along with three other players and two draft picks.

Even at 33 years old, Jose could give the Knicks something they haven’t had in years: a true pass-first guy to initiate the offense.

With Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher bringing the triangle to New York, having a sure-handed veteran quarterbacking things would be an important step toward building a strategic foundation. The more confidence and comfort the players had with the new system, the better they would perform in it; Calderon could offer an applicable skill set and an ease with the ball in his hands.

Over nine years of NBA play, Calderon has proven he’s a hyper-efficient shooter. He’s a career 48 percent shooter from the field, including 41 percent from beyond the arc, and he has knocked down 87 percent of his free throws.

That he’s slow-footed and not adept at creating his own shots matters little in the triangle; he’s an elite spot-up guy, and he’s also discerning enough to know when to keep the ball circulating versus letting it fly.

And when Calderon is dishing to his teammates, he’s as precise as they come. His 4.3 assists per game last season might seem paltry, but he paired them with a career-low 1.3 turnovers per game. That protectiveness placed him fourth in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio with 3.66, per ESPN; amongst full-time point guards, only Chris Paul posted a better rate.

Expand the sample to all qualified players, and Calderon’s backup, Pablo Prigioni, actually topped the new Knicks starter in assist-to-turnover ratio. Prigs also sports similar deadeye tendencies, with a career shooting split of 47/44/87.

So what does Jose have that New York’s incumbent sneak doesn’t?

World-class touch on his passes, that’s what.

We go all the way back to the be-dreadlocked Chris Bosh era of the Toronto Raptors for this Calderon gem.

Jose drives around the pick Bosh sets behind the three-point line, but he doesn’t have the quickness to beat Bosh’s man and get to the rim. Rather, he pulls up around the charity stripe, adjusts his body in the air, and drops a feathery lob to the cutting Bosh on the low post for an easy dunk.

Calderon’s deftness belies how difficult of pass that is. He actually beats four defenders with it: The ball has to clear both Brendan Haywood, a seven-footer in his face; Jason Kidd, who has positioned himself in the lane between Calderon and Bosh; Rodrigue Beaubois crashing from the corner and swiping at Bosh’s hands and Josh Howard, so surprised by the needle-threading he doesn’t help from across the paint.

The Knicks seriously need that pinpoint passing down low. As Joe Flynn pointed out at Posting and Toasting, New York ranked sixth in restricted area shooting percentage starting the campaign without Calderon, but a mere 32.4% of the Knicks’ assisted shots have come right around the hoop.

That disparity doesn’t seem fluky when you watch the Knicks operate down low. Melo’s bullying opposing wings and skirting past bigs to get his lay-ins, Amar’e Stoudemire is consistently finishing strong for the first time in years and even Iman Shumpert has shown more polish on his forays to the hoop. 

Those guys have capitalized on their close-range attempts, but they have come without a passer who can deliver the ball nearer to that prime real estate. Prigioni isn’t enough of a threat off the bounce to access interior passing lanes, while Shump and Shane Larkin lack the technique to feed the low post without risking turnovers.

It’s important to note that Calderon’s return doesn’t portend the same improvement on the other end. While he’s aware of his assignment and game to chase the league’s athletic point guards, he’s just too slow to keep pace with them. Lacking Prigs’ talent for thievery, Jose is simply a defensive minus.

But with the roster fluid in the long run as Jackson leads a multi-year championship rebuild, this year is about developing chemistry with Melo and Calderon in the triangle; according to ShamSports, they’re the only two Knicks with guaranteed contracts beyond this season. (J.R. Smith has a player option for 2015-16, while New York can tender Iman Shumpert an offer sheet.)

No team could possibly construct a title-caliber defense around Anthony and Calderon. That task will have to wait for whatever players join them later. For now, it’s an offense-first life for the Knicks, and that suits Calderon’s game perfectly.

 

All stats via NBA.com.

Josh Cohen writes about the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @arealjoshcohen.

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New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets 11/24/14: Video Highlights and Recap

As the New York Knicks look to rebound from a horrific start to the season, they took on the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

Dwight Howard did not play, as he continues to deal with a knee injury that has kept him out of the lineup.

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New York Knicks: Bounce back win

It was closer than I expected, but the New York Knicks were able to hold on to beat the still winless Philadelphia 76ers 91-83. The win snapped a two game losing streak for the Knicks as they hop on the road Monday to start a three game road trip.
 
Saturday’s game was the season debut for Jose Calderon and I was happy with what I saw in his 21 minutes of play. He only had three points on 1-of-6 shooting, but he did a great job of taking care of the basketball. He was solid stat wise; adding three rebounds, three assists and two steals to go with just one turnover. Pablo Prigioni played 27 minutes off the bench in his usual backup role and added eight points, three rebounds and two assists. I was very surprised to see Shane Larkin not play at all on Saturday. He has been averaging just over 25 minutes a game and like I highlighted in my earlier articles, had been doing an okay job for a youngster. I knew he was going to lose minutes when Calderon returned, but I did not expect him to lose all of them. Even

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New York Knicks’ Schedule Breakdown and Record Predictions for December

A difficult season will only get tougher. 

Throughout the month of December, the New York Knicks will have their hands full with some of the league’s more talented teams. With desperation already setting in for New York, a bleak season could quickly be lost if a fire isn’t lit under the organization.

Could the franchise turn its fortunes around, or is this mountain too steep to climb? 

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the Knicks in the final month of 2014. 

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks 11/22/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The New York Knicks looked to stop their recent skid on Saturday when they took on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks had dropped two straight and nine of their last 10, and faced a reeling Sixers squad that had dropped each of its first 12 games of the year. 

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New York Knicks Expect To Get Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani Back Saturday

The New York Knicks expect Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani to return vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to the New York Post, the New York Knicks will likely be getting back injured players Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani on Saturday when they face the Philadelphia 76ers. Both men would make their season debut at a time when the Knicks desperately need them to help improve their 3-10 record.
Calderon was the biggest off-season acquisition picked up in a trade that sent Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks but has yet to play a game as a Knick. Bargnani is in his second season as a Knick. New York looks to avoid being the first team that loses to the 0-11 76ers this season.
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