Game Thread: New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans 12:00pm 11/15/2015


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Madison Square Garden, New York, NYMSG12:00 PM EST

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Injury Report

New York Knicks
New Orleans Pelicans
-Kendrick Perkins - Right pectoral (OUT)
-Quincy Pondexter - Left knee (OUT)
- Tyreke Evans - Right knee (OUT)
-Norris Cole - Left ankle sprain (OUT)
-Anthony Davis - Right hip contusion (TBD)

Game Preview

Although he's found a bit of rhythm for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony would prefer some help in crunch time when opponents focus on slowing him down.

The All-Star forward might not need it at home Sunday against a banged-up New Orleans Pelicans team which is struggling on defense and could be missing star Anthony Davis.

Since averaging 21.0 points on 36.6 percent shooting - including 9 of 28 from 3-point range - in his first six games, Anthony has scored 26.0 and shot 44.3 percent over his last four. He's also hit 11 of 26 attempts from beyond the arc over that span.

He had 26 points and hit a season high-tying four 3s Friday versus Cleveland, but was just 1 for 6 over the final 12 minutes with LeBron James his primary defender in a 90-84 home defeat. Anthony is shooting 43.1 percent in the first three quarters but just 29.8 in the fourth.

"Guys are maybe trying to look at me a little too much, instead of trying to make the right play," Anthony said. "I think once we get past that, we'll be OK."

That could change as the Knicks (4-6) try to avoid their third straight loss. New Orleans ranks last in points allowed per game (111.0) and is tied for last in defensive field-goal percentage (47.9). The Pelicans have also allowed an average of 30.8 points on 60.3 percent shooting in the fourth quarter over their past four games.

After reaching the playoffs last season for the first time since 2010-11, the Pelicans haven't been able to take a step forward under first-year coach Alvin Gentry.

They played their second straight without Davis and lost for the eighth time in nine games with Friday's 100-81 defeat at Toronto. Gentry said the club will err on the side of caution with the All-Star forward, who is questionable with a hip contusion. New Orleans has dropped 10 of 14 without him over the past two seasons.

"We have to play with the same intensity, doing the same thing as far as moving the basketball offensively and things like that," Gentry added. "We don't know when (Davis) is going to play again so we can't use that as an excuse. We don't have any excuses."

The Pelicans, trying to end their worst start since opening 1-18 in 2004-05, are also missing Norris Cole (ankle), Tyreke Evans (knee), Kendrick Perkins (pectoral) and Quincy Pondexter (knee).

Eric Gordon had 30 points and Jrue Holiday added 19 against the Raptors. Gordon has been a bright spot, averaging 22.8 points and hitting 24 of 59 (40.7 percent) in his last six. His 20.6 scoring average in nine career meetings with New York is his second highest versus any opponent.

Omer Asik proved to be a difficult matchup for the Knicks last season, totaling 27 points and 31 rebounds as both teams won at home. New Orleans held a 93-64 rebounding edge in the series despite not having Davis in its January loss at Madison Square Garden.

The Pelicans, however, rank near the bottom of the NBA with a minus-5.9 margin on the glass this season. New York is in the top 10 (plus-2.3) behind Kristaps Porzingis' 8.8 boards per game.

The Knicks have won five of the past seven meetings at the Garden.



First game I've seen all week but a game is insignificant to what happened in Paris Friday. My sympathy to the French people for the two terrorist tragadies they've had to endure.
We seem to have locked into a starting lineup, as expected, of Calderon, Afflalo, Melo, Porzingis, and Robin Lopez. I don't mind Calderon getting the start so long as Galloway gets more minutes.
Porzingis makes the perimeter steal, picking off a pass, blows the subsequent drive, but then nails a 3 pointer on the second chance. Impact player, plain and simple.


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Davis in the lineup, and just like that it stopped being an easy win
Anthony Davis getting the better of the matchup with Porzingis, but Calderon continues his good shooting to keep us in the lead.
If we play like this for 3 more quarters, the rumblings are going to get a lot louder, a lot quicker, that we're no better a team than we were last year. Defense been bad so far. Not liking that 2nd unit frontline of Amundson, Thomas, and Derrick Williams.


Porz is 1-7. Pass the ball kid. Knicks don't play well on early Sunday games. Bottom line: if we lose today and next game... This team will never reach .500 again.

We are better than last year. Probably will double our win total... But, while we may not be a 17 win team... I doubt we are better than a 34 win team...


Bad coaching on display... Having five backups in the game vs Anthony Davis. And, standing there and doing nothing when a borderline NBA player chucks up 5 bricks in 3 minutes. Get Lance Thomas out of this game.
Despite his poor shooting so far, Porzingis checking back into the game in the 2nd quarter draws a rare cheer from the crowd.


Imagine that... NO coach draws up a play, and the get their star the ball coming over a screen. Notice no ISO Davis. Our guards are terrible... No shocker their. We can't score vs the worst defense in NBA. Then again, we have no offense...
Knicks continue to look to Porzingis to go right at Davis with mixed, generally poor, results, meanwhile, Melo having a big 2nd quarter.


Melo has his 1 superstar quarter in the second... Looks like another game that will boil down to fourth quarter execution, and which start rises when it matter most.