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rady
Feb 07, 2016, 11:21
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Injury Report




Memphis Grizzlies
Denver Nuggets


Darrell Arthur Left Quad Soreness (QUEST)
Carmelo Anthony - Sore Left Knee (QUEST)


Jameer Nelson Left Wrist Sprain (OUT)
Lance Thomas - Mild Concussion (OUT)


Wilson Chandler Right Hip Arthroscopic Surgery. (OUT)
Cleanthony Early - Injured Right Knee (OUT)





Game Preview

Carmelo Anthony's ongoing knee issues are putting a drain on the New York Knicks' offense.

Making matters worse, he's being outperformed by a player they gave up to obtain the All-Star's services.

In the midst of arguably the best stretch of his career, Danilo Gallinari leads the Denver Nuggets into Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon attempting to deal the sagging Knicks a season-high fifth straight loss.

Anthony has gone 8 of 34 from the field over his last two games and shot 32.6 percent over his past six, part of a 1-8 run that's dropped New York (23-30) to 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The 31-year-old has missed three of those games due to recurring tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee, an injury that's led to Anthony registering a career-low 42.4 field goal percentage.

"He's carrying a big load night to night," coach Derek Fisher said. "I think he'll be fine long term. I think we just have to get through this next set of days into the break and hopefully re-evaluate him from there in terms of something that's not reoccurring."

The Knicks have shot just 38.7 percent while averaging 93.0 points during their swoon. They struggled again with Anthony held out of Friday's 91-85 loss to Memphis, falling to 0-7 in games he's missed and 1-18 when scoring 93 or less.

"We need a guy like 'Melo who you can give him the ball and he will score, he will get to the line and he will make plays for others," forward Kristaps Porzingis said. "I think that's what we're missing."

Anthony is expected to play Sunday, a positive for a team that had other encouraging signs in its latest defeat. Jose Calderon had 18 points in his second game back from a groin injury and Porzingis compiled 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The rookie averaged 9.0 points on 33.3 percent shooting over his previous four games.

Gallinari has often been sidetracked by injuries since being part of the package New York sent to the Nuggets in the February 2011 trade for Anthony. The Italian has been healthy and productive since returning from a sprained ankle Jan. 2, averaging 23.4 points in 18 games to help Denver (20-31) split its last 16.

Gallinari had a season-high 33 and hit all 18 of his free throws in Friday's 115-110 comeback win over injury-plagued Chicago. He's shot 89.3 percent from the line while leading the NBA in free throws made and attempted since Jan. 6.

Denver, which has topped 100 points in 10 of its last 11, had several other contributors in rallying from an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter against the Bulls. Rookies Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic each recorded 10 points during a fourth quarter in which the Nuggets outscored Chicago 42-21, with Mudiay finishing with 22 points and sixth man Will Barton 18.

"I would categorize this win as a character win," coach Michael Malone said. "One thing about our team, all year long we've had this resiliency, this never die, never quit mentality and that allows you to stay in a game and pull it out. You never want to get down by 18 but one thing I love about our guys is they have that fight."

The Nuggets begin a four-game trip seeking to end a three-game skid at Madison Square Garden. Anthony had 28 points in New York's 109-93 home win last season but did not play in a 106-78 loss in Denver on March 9, 2015.

(nba.com)

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 11:34
Thanks for the game thread Rady.

Can't take the Nuggets lightly despite their poor record. Their Gallo can go off and Mudiay is playing his best ball of the season, should see Mudiay 30-40 mins with Jameer out.

I see Melo is playing. Fisher said his sore knee may have affected his 4-18 shooting against the Pistons, let's hope he doesn't shoot like that against Denver.

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 12:25
Melo and KP 0 for 6 mins remaining in the 1st qtr. Den up 15-10.

pat
Feb 07, 2016, 12:26
Making shots doesn't come easy to the Knicks right now. Fisher's plays get people open, but man are we missing easy shots.

mafra
Feb 07, 2016, 12:27
Melo and KP 0-8 shooting... KOQ should missed two point blank layups on back2back possessions... Time for football.

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 12:29
Rolo with 2 fouls in the 1st forcing a Quinn Seraphin FC.

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 12:30
JC 3-3 with 2 3s looking like the best PG the Knicks have.

mafra
Feb 07, 2016, 12:31
Mudiay 0-5, just got his shot blocked by KOQ, and his man (Calderon) has 8 points. Not the MSG debut he imagined.

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 12:32
Rady .. Thanx for the Game-Thread

Gallinari taking the ball inside to score or get foul
Will Melo help the Jump-Shot Knicks beat his ex-team???
It look like Fisher wanna win this game he finally put O'Quinn n Serafin in the same lineup in the first qtr. lets see if he do this throughout the games rotation .. the two bench big-men should've been put in the same lineup months ago

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 12:34
Melo 0-5 .. he has to do better

rady
Feb 07, 2016, 12:37
nice buzzer beater by Gallo.. :(

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 12:37
Gallinari half-court shot closed the first qtr. .. 31-20 Nuggets

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 12:37
Melo misses a point blank layup and then immediately bricks a jumper after the O RB. Dude is in a slump if there has ever been one. If he's going to blame it on his knee maybe he shouldn't make the trip to Toronto.

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 12:41
Porzingis 2-9 has to do better .. save the 3 ball shooting for the 4th qtr. when we will need it the most

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 12:47
Im not happy with Fisher letting NO-Defense Afflalo play the entire qtr. plus start the next qtr.

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 12:52
44-31 halfway thru the 2nd. This may be a blowout at home by a .300 team, that would be low for a Knicks team without an injury excuse.

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 12:56
There come the boo's from the crowd after that Faried layup on a charity dish from Mudiay.

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 12:59
Thas it im out .. Knicks couldnt score on a 3 on 2 transition play Calderon/Afflalo/Melo clueless on what to do on a fastbreak

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 12:59
Well I hope Knick fans can see now what I've been saying about #kporzee in relation to what he needs to be and what I stated about Phil in drafting him...which is currently manifesting itself in the play of Jokic and Mudiay

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 13:00
57-38 Nuggets .. Seeee ya

Kiyaman
Feb 07, 2016, 13:03
This is the part i HATE about Melo he wanna score when opponents got a 20 or 15 point lead so they relax on defense.

mafra
Feb 07, 2016, 13:09
Well I hope Knick fans can see now what I've been saying about #kporzee in relation to what he needs to be and what I stated about Phil in drafting him...which is currently manifesting itself in the play of Jokic and Mudiay

It helps Jokic has the PG passing him ball, no?

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 13:11
Well I hope Knick fans can see now what I've been saying about #kporzee in relation to what he needs to be and what I stated about Phil in drafting him...which is currently manifesting itself in the play of Jokic and Mudiay
Both KP or Mudiay weren't that good, though KP had the edge to me. KP seems to have hit the wall, not seeing the improvement that we were seeing earlier in the season.

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 13:19
It helps Jokic has the PG passing him ball, no?

True but...Phil could have both or a point guard and a big. The analysis is multifaceted and not linear. We see that Jokic isn't that lesser of a talent than #kporzee even if #kporzee has an edge. #kporzee has to be SUPER DUPER great for us...otherwise we have to find him tons of talent to put around him.

Also why is it the PG is till a sensitive issue. Why do so called GREAT player(Melo) or GREAT talent(#kporzee) need said position player to be GREAT? Melo needed a point guard spent yrs not getting him one, now #kporzee needs a point guard may go another yr or two before he gets one yet Melo and #kporzee play on the same team?

I'm thoroughly confused

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 13:24
Both KP or Mudiay weren't that good, though KP had the edge to me. KP seems to have hit the wall, not seeing the improvement that we were seeing earlier in the season.


You could argue maybe they could have went lower in the draft, but you'd also be admitting there's young talent as good as them. I've said since day 1 this draft has lots of talent. Maybe not peak(Superstar) talent but really good talent.

Are you saying Phil should have done something totally different during the draft?

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 13:33
That's at least 7 layups the Knicks have missed after that KP miss. They would be winning if they made those.

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 13:34
Both KP or Mudiay weren't that good, though KP had the edge to me. KP seems to have hit the wall, not seeing the improvement that we were seeing earlier in the season.


You could argue maybe they could have went lower in the draft, but you'd also be admitting there's young talent as good as them. I've said since day 1 this draft has lots of talent. Maybe not peak(Superstar) talent but really good talent.

Are you saying Phil should have done something totally different during the draft?

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 13:34
#kporzee putting in work, really little play from the point guard just going to work like he should. Knicks mount the comeback.

rady
Feb 07, 2016, 13:35
What a comeback after being down by 19 the previous quarter!! Let's keep the hype going!

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 13:38
You could argue maybe they could have went lower in the draft, but you'd also be admitting there's young talent as good as them. I've said since day 1 this draft has lots of talent. Maybe not peak(Superstar) talent but really good talent.

Are you saying Phil should have done something totally different during the draft?
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight I think Phil made the right pick at 4, the kid has won the last 3 ROM awards, he's as good as any rookie not named KAT.

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 13:40
For us...this is how #kporzee has to play like more often. Excellent 3rd qrt

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 13:41
KP looks gassed, probably coming out soon.

htr10
Feb 07, 2016, 13:49
Slept late because I was up all night. Can't believe I missed almost this entire game. Sounds like we decided to not start playing until the 3rd quarter, similar to the Detroit game. Hopefully this game has a better outcome for us.

htr10
Feb 07, 2016, 13:53
Barton killing us. Just walking into the paint and hitting close range shots. We're benefitting for a foul getting called on Denver on every one of our possessions to keep this tied.

Broadway
Feb 07, 2016, 13:54
Come on Melo stop playing thirsty...move the ball

htr10
Feb 07, 2016, 13:59
Nice pass by Melo to Lopez to get to the line yet again. Here comes Porzingis and Afflalo. Also here comes Gallinari.

htr10
Feb 07, 2016, 14:01
Melo finds Lopez again out of the double team. We need to slow down Barton now.

tiger0330
Feb 07, 2016, 14:01
The modern NBA Laveurgne the Denver C camped out in the corner waiting to take a 3.

htr10
Feb 07, 2016, 14:02
Nevermind, here comes Mudiay. Mudiay comes right into the game and nails the long range jumper to tie the game. Next possession, gets the friendly bounce on a 3-pointer and we are down 3.

htr10
Feb 07, 2016, 14:07
Melo continues to lead the Knicks in scoring and assists. No Knick has ever done that for a season.

Mudiay going right at Calderon. No intention of passing the ball on any of these possessions for him.