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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New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

The New York Knicks will look to rebound from a heartbreaking Tuesday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks when they take on the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center Wednesday night.

Down by 26 points in the third quarter, the Knicks rallied to trim the Bucks’ lead to two late in the fourth quarter. However, Milwaukee made its free throws down the stretch to put New York away for good.

The Knicks may catch a break against the Timberwolves, however, as Minnesota is extremely short-handed.

Already without Ricky Rubio (ankle), the Wolves will also be missing Nikola Pekovic (wrist) and Thaddeus Young (personal leave), per Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.

The Timberwolves have lost five straight games and have lost their last three home meetings with New York.

Catch all of the action at 8 p.m. ET on either MSG or Fox Sports North.

Be sure to keep it right here as Bleacher Report provides you with live coverage throughout the game.

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New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The stumbling New York Knicks (3-8) are on the road to take on the surprising Milwaukee Bucks (5-5) Tuesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

It’s the first meeting between the two this season.


Tipoff8 p.m. ET

Coverage: Fox Sports Wisconsin


Keys to the Game

The Knicks need to have someone other than Carmelo Anthony perform offensively against the stalwart defense of the Bucks.

On the other end, Milwaukee needs more consistency from rookie Jabari Parker, who’s averaging 10.6 points but only shooting 42.2 percent from the field.

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Knicks Rumors: Latest Rumblings from New York on J.R. Smith and Tobias Harris

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson represents a lot of things, including championships and NBA success, but for his current franchise, he is a symbol of hope.

The hope is that the Knicks, who have fallen on hard times recently, will once again find themselves among the best teams in the NBA sooner rather than later. The only way to do that is by changing up the roster through trades or free agency.

With that in mind, there are bound to be plenty of New York-related rumors circulating around the league all season. Read on for the details on a couple of them.


J.R. Smith 

Ian Begley of passed along the latest on J.R. Smith:

This is not the first time Smith’s name has been brought up in rumors, and it won’t be the last. There are a number of factors here, including the fact that he is 29 years old. The team is in rebuilding mode and has its eye on the future, and trading away Smith, a streaky scorer who is capable of giving a contender some instant offense, could net a couple of young assets or draft considerations in return.

It would also open up more playing time for Tim Hardaway Jr.

Keith Schlosser of suggested that the sophomore guard has been underutilized this season, especially after an impressive run in the NBA’s Summer League. Schlosser noted that the Knicks’ most productive five-man units have featured Hardaway in the early going, even if he leaves something to be desired on the defensive end. 

The only way the Knicks will know what they have in Hardaway is by giving him consistent playing time. The older Smith would simply have more value on a team that is in win-now mode than he does on the rebuilding Knicks. 


Tobias Harris

Marc Berman of the New York Post noted that Tobias Harris could be a member of the Knicks next season: “According to a source, Harris, who went to high school at Long Island’s Half Hollow Hills West, has a lot of interest in his hometown Knicks after becoming buddies with Carmelo Anthony over the summer.”

New York is also loaded with cap space in 2015. Berman pointed out that the team could sign Marc Gasol and still have room for Harris, especially if Smith opts out or gets traded.

For as much as the Knicks have struggled the past couple of seasons, a threesome of Anthony, Harris and Gasol would make them instant playoff contenders in the watered-down Eastern Conference. Harris is versatile enough to play either forward position, so he could slide in alongside Anthony.

Entering Monday night’s game, Harris was averaging 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds a night and is a double-double threat every time steps on the floor. New York would certainly love that on its roster. 

Before Knicks fans get ahead of themselves, John Denton of passed along a quote from Harris himself:

Remember, the Orlando Magic can match any offer on Harris. That shouldn’t stop Knicks fans from dreaming about the future, though.


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Takeaways from Cleanthony Early’s Initial Run with New York Knicks

There have been some bright spots in Cleanthony Early’s first minutes as a New York Knick, but he still has plenty to improve on just to become a rotation regular.

After New York’s 109-93 win over the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 16, the Knicks have played 11 games this season, but the 23-year-old rookie did not play in four of them. In the seven contests he did play in, young Cle has seen 54 total minutes of court time, or 7.7 minutes per game.

The returns leave much to be desired, even after adjusting for the limited run. Yes, 12.7 points per 36 minutes looks a lot better than 2.7 points per game, and 4.7 rebounds per 36 could be worse for a 6’8″, 220-pound small forward. But prorating Early’s playing time can’t erase the ugliness of 35 percent shooting, and his 4.0 fouls per 36 aren’t ideal for someone playing short spurts.

Only one of Cleanthony‘s earl…ahem, initial stats reads unequivocally positive—save for the small sample size, of course: He has knocked down an even 40 percent of his 10 attempts beyond the arc (you do the math). If he has one plus skill at this formative stage of his career, it’s his three-point shooting.

When Early has the opportunity to make decisions with the ball on the offensive end, he has the raw talent to shine. His treys have come within the flow of the offense, where he has delivered on open looks with catch-and-shoot makes and confident, off-the-bounce play.

His best display of marksmanship came against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 7. Early calmly knocked down three of his five long-range attempts, each one assisted and each with a measured, smooth stroke.

Of course, we have to note that all of Early’s 12 points against Brooklyn came in garbage time of a 110-99 Knicks loss. Cle‘s sure shooting helped narrow the margin of defeat, but considering it came against lackadaisical close-outs in a no-stakes scenario, it must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, Early has hit just 1-of-5 from deep in his six other games.

But give the youngster credit for playing with a pulse when no one else would, displaying how he can be a jack of all trades for New York even if he’ll likely never master any.

Brook Lopez may not be fully exerting himself against this New York transition, but he by no means is coasting and allowing Early past him. When J.R. Smith hits Cleanthony with the outlet, the neophyte puts down a hard dribble and goes in strong for the jam, flushing it home with his right hand past Lopez’s block attempt.

Early isn’t particularly bouncy, but he can still finish strong with a 7-footer lurking. He doesn’t have a great handle, but if a guy his size can attack decisively and under control, simple moves are more than enough for him. He’s not successfully creating his own shots at this point, but he can capitalize on the chances his teammates get for him.

That whole offensive skill set was visible against Brooklyn; he just needs to utilize it in non-garbage scenarios. In a sign of his maturity, he knows it, too, per ESPN New York’s Ian Begley:

Yet while he’s offensively versatile, Early is diversely lacking on the other end. He doesn’t have the height or the strength to credibly guard the 4 in small-ball lineups, but he doesn’t have the quickness to lock opponents down on the perimeter, either. Both situations lead to the fouling—the result of an unpolished, overmatched defender.

Those shortcomings, along with his rawness moving the ball within the triangle offense, has kept his workload especially light; no Knick who has appeared this season has played fewer minutes than Early.

And he might soon wind up with even less run and even fewer chances to prove himself.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Andrea Bargnani has recovered enough from his strained hamstring to practice for the first time this season, while CBS Sports’ R.J. White reports Derek Fisher is also eyeing Jose Calderon to return from his injured calf and rejoin his teammates as well.

Neither of those vets shares a position with Early, but their minutes will have to come from somewhere. Between Carmelo Anthony getting less time at power forward and Iman Shumpert getting spared from emergency point guard duty, Early’s at risk of getting squeezed out of the wing rotation.

It comes down to whether he can outplay Travis Wear, his fellow small forward rookie.

Wear hasn’t been able to score a lick—he’s shooting a brutal 27 percent, almost entirely on two-point tries—but at 6’10″, 230 pounds, he provides a better physical presence on the defensive end, and he has made the proper reads within the triangle to keep the offense coherent.

Fisher has gone with the undrafted 24-year-old more often than he has Cle, the 34th overall pick and the veritable prize of New York’s 2014 draft. Even though Early clearly has more talent, Wear happens to show more competence in the couple of areas Early has struggled in most.

Which isn’t to say he has lost the rookie battle yet. As long as Wear remains individually atrocious on offense, Early will be able to shoot himself into a larger role. He will likely wind up with a few more DNPs between now and then, but give him the ball and a little bit of space, and he has the stuff to stick with the Knicks.


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Despite Slow Start, New York Knicks on Their Way to Upward Mobility

Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks boxes out against the Denver Nuggets during the game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images)
Stop me if this has happened before: The New York Knicks are off to a dreadful start to the season, imbedded in a lengthy losing steak early on. They can’t seem to get out of their own way or into anyone else’s, lacking cohesiveness and execution on both sides of the ball.
Sound familiar?
The early season has produced striking resemblances to last year’s Knicks, who began 3-13 with an eight-game losing streak helping them there en route to a disastrous 37-45 season. This installment of New York basketball is trudging along and began 2014-15 with a 2-8 record in its first ten, including a seven game losing streak.
On the surface you get the sense that this year is due to be another lean one, with the Knicks losing more games than they win and appearing no closer to finding NBA relevance anytime soo…

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Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks 11/16/14: Video Highlights and Recap

It has been a rough start for the New York Knicks, who have suffered serious growing pains with Derek Fisher as head coach.

The Knicks have started 2-8 and lost seven straight contests, as they looked to take on the Denver Nuggets, who held a record of 2-6.

Watch the video for full highlights.

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