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Jan 25, 2022
Cavaliers 95, Knicks 93: “I hate this team”

Cavaliers 95, Knicks 93: “I hate this team”

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports The Knicks are the Buffalo Bills of the NBA. I’ve rehearsed a dozen different approaches to recapping last night’s 95-93 New York Knicks’ defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the truth is I’m in no better of a position right now than the Knicks. My personal and professional lives feel so hopeless at the moment I’m beginning to wonder why I bother with either. Same with the Knicks. New York fell behind 86-71 in the fourth, then rallied behind an all-bench lineup. A 20-5 run tied it at 91. Immanuel Quickley had an awful shooting...
Jan 18, 2022
Hornets 97, Knicks 87: “The Hornets just played harder”

Hornets 97, Knicks 87: “The Hornets just played harder”

Photo by Elsa/ The score says the Knicks lost by 10. The score lies. A little over a week ago, the Charlotte Hornets went on a four-game winning streak that included consecutive victories over the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks followed by a win in Philadelphia. They followed that with a home loss to Orlando, a game in which the Magic, who are not the ‘86 Celtics, pummeled Charlotte in the paint and at the rim. Shortly before yesterday’s tip, star guard LaMelo Ball was held out though technically available with a non-Covid illness, one that must not be...
Jan 17, 2022
Game preview: Hornets at Knicks — 1/17/22

Game preview: Hornets at Knicks — 1/17/22

Photo by Focus on Sport/ Hot 7- on 10-seed action! Three things to know before today’s 1:00 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day match between the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. 1) These Charlotteans are no charlatans Only a dozen NBA teams are at least three games over .500. The Hornets are one of them, and one of the more fun to watch. Of their six players with over 1000 minutes — Miles Bridges, Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball, Kelly Oubre, Terry Rozier and Cody Martin — Hayward (31) is the only one over 27. They look like they could be high school kids working...
Jan 16, 2022
Knicks 117, Hawks 108: the sound of silence

Knicks 117, Hawks 108: the sound of silence

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Shhh. Our furnace died last week, right before the coldest two days of the year. We were able to install a new one Wednesday, but whenever it runs the packing oil smell is intense, and my partner has had more than enough run-ins with cancer — herself and her family — that we’re not having that. We open all the windows and run it while we’re out; the installer said it usually takes 10 minutes and no more than 24 hours. We’re nearing 100 and it still smells. Meanwhile, 10-14 inches of blowing snow are expected overnight and all day...
Jan 13, 2022
Knicks 108, Mavericks 85: “RJ resplendent”

Knicks 108, Mavericks 85: “RJ resplendent”

Photo by Elsa/ New York’s won five in a row at home. December 7th no longer lives in infamy. That was the last time the New York Knicks were a .500 team before last night’s 108-85 demolition of Dallas. The 21-21 Knicks have won seven of 10, with this win and Monday’s over San Antonio their second- and third-biggest of the season. The Mavericks were without coach Jason Kidd (Covid) and Kristaps Porziņģis (Kristaps Porziņģis) and the Knicks were without pity. They won all four quarters in a feel-good W that sets them up nicely headed into big games with Atlanta...
Jan 5, 2022
Knicks 104, Pacers 94: “I love this! I love you all!”

Knicks 104, Pacers 94: “I love this! I love you all!”

Photo by Al Bello/ RJ & JR lead a real good feel-good W. Adam and Eve. Sacco and Vanzetti. Batman and Robin. Lennon and McCartney. George and Weezie. Chuck D and Flavor Flav. Mulder and Scully. Jordan and Pippen. Neo and Trinity. Shaq and Kobe. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. The Splash Brothers. Benson and Stabler. Chocolate and peanut butter. Add Julius Randle and RJ Barrett to the short list of history’s greatest duos as they took turns piloting the New York Knicks to a 104-94 win over the Indiana Pacers. For the first time ever both players scored 30+, and it was...
Jan 3, 2022
Knicks trade for Denzel Valentine, release Wayne Selden, likely to cut Valentine this week

Knicks trade for Denzel Valentine, release Wayne Selden, likely to cut Valentine this week

Photo by John Fisher/ OAKAAKUYOAK The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a point guard after Ricky Rubio’s season-ending torn ACL. The Los Angeles Lakers needed to reduce their payroll and open a roster spot. The New York Knicks needed...I don’t know, really. You do the hokey-pokey and you turn yourself around and what it’s all about is a three-team trade where Rajon Rondo goes from L.A. to Cleveland, the Lakers clear $4M in salary and luxury tax payout and room to sign Stanley Johnson for the rest of the year (raise your hand if you had “LeBron, AD & Russ won’t be...
Jan 3, 2022
The Most-Loved Knick Ever* tournament winner: Patrick Ewing

The Most-Loved Knick Ever* tournament winner: Patrick Ewing

Truman defeats Dewey! Two notes on the tourney itself before we get to the winner: shout out to John Starks, the only Ewing opponent who didn’t get absolutely steamrolled in the voting. There’s something perfect about that — Starks heading into a seemingly impossible match-up and doing better than logic or numbers suggested he would. John’s career with the Knicks started when he, knowing he was going to get cut, tried to dunk over Ewing at the end of training camp and injured himself in the process. Seems an appropriate bookend for Starks to once again try and fail to...
Jan 2, 2022
Raptors 120, Knicks 105: Scenes from an Orlando bubble vibe in Toronto

Raptors 120, Knicks 105: Scenes from an Orlando bubble vibe in Toronto

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/NBAE via Poop. The New York Knicks rang in 2022 with a 120-105 defeat to the Toronto Raptors. Omicron’s rapidity spreading and humanity’s stupidity helping it along combined to leave Toronto’s arena closed to any fans. In keeping with that spirit of absence, the Knicks never really showed up either, falling behind by double-digits five minutes in and trailing by that much throughout. The Knicks played without Julius Randle, Derrick Rose, Kemba Walker, Mitchell Robinson, Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden, Jericho Sims, dignity, their best effort,...
Dec 29, 2021
Knicks 96, Timberwolves 88: “Thibs is the new Mr. Magoo”

Knicks 96, Timberwolves 88: “Thibs is the new Mr. Magoo”

Photo by David Berding/ New York’s first winning streak since October. See that picture above? Obi reaching for the basketball? Reminds me of this. If the Biblical creation account is to be believed, God creating the universe was a potluck. Not your everyday potluck, mind you. This one ran for six days and each featured the birth of some fundamental aspect of existence. The New York Knicks did not create life Tuesday in Minnesota. They won a basketball game, 96-88, a fine feat in its own right, especially for a team now on its first winning streak...

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