Dwight Howard out against Knicks

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Knicks will not have to deal with Dwight Howard.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Houston RocketsHoward will not play against the Knicks on Monday night, according to a Houston Rockets beat reporter (Nov. 24).

It was previsouly reported, by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Howard was a “potential go” tonight against the Knicks after missing two games with a knee strain.

The Knicks begin a three-game road swing at Houston (10-3) before visiting Dallas (10-4) on Wednesday and Oklahoma City (3-12) on Friday.

The Knicks have Jose Calderon back as their starting point guard and are coming off Saturday’s victory over the winless Philadelphia 76ers.

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

Quincy Acy filling interesting void for Knicks

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Having started the season 4-10, there aren’t too many bright spots for the Knicks.

With the rare ones truly being few and far in between, they’re also seemingly easy to find. Employing a superstar like Carmelo Anthony is an absolute luxury. Iman Shumpert has been putting plenty of the questions surrounding his game to rest with stellar play early on as he looks to earn himself his next contract.

USATSI_8214921_110579513_lowresPerhaps more surprisingly however, Quincy Acy has also shown plenty of promise for the Knicks over the first month of the season. At 6’7″ and 240 pounds, the forward often plays even larger than he actually physically stands. Acy is a junkyard dog of sorts who crashes the boards with enthusiasm, muscles his way inside on both ends of the floor, and serves as an absolute pest on the defensive end.

Knickerbocker brass watched the 24-year-old during NBA Summer League while he was with the Sacramento Kings, and were impressed by what they saw. How could they not be? The grinder provides a team with many of the things the more modern New York squads have lacked over the years. Enthusiasm. Energy. Intensity on the defensive end. Acy isn’t afraid to throw his body around, dive for loose balls, etc. Every team needs a player like that.

After watching Acy help the Kings to an NBA Summer League championship win, the Knicks utilized assets in Jeremy Tyler and Wayne Ellington to acquire him and Travis Outlaw. It was a low-risk, high-reward type of move.

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Hamilton: Win over Sixers and Calderon’s debut fuels Knicks hope for new beginning

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

Christmas may still be over a month away, but on Saturday night, the New York Knicks got two gifts — a 91-83 win over the hapless Philadelphia 76ers and the debut of Jose Calderon.

USATSI_8115444_110579513_lowresCalderon started and played 21 mostly effective minutes, though he shot just 1-for-6 from the field. He finished with three points and three assists, but the numbers belie what his true contribution to this Knicks team may ultimately be.

“I don’t think there’a nothing like playing with great PGs,” Carmelo Anthony said afterward. “Back in Denver, I had Chauncey [Billups], even earlier, having Andre Miler on that team, even here with [Jason Kidd],” Anthony recalled, “We’re just trying to build something here.”

Now, Anthony’s Knicks will attempt to build it with Calderon as they attempt to dig themselves out of the 4-10 hole that has resulted from their slow start.

“Jose was good tonight,” Derek Fisher said after Saturday night’s win. “It looked like he was able to find some comfort level, though you could tell that he was easing his way into being really aggressive out there.”

With the Knicks set to play just three games over the next seven days, Calderon will have the opportunity to ease his way back into things, though the Knicks will need him to hit the ground running.

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Game Recap: Knicks 91 – 76ers 83

Result: The Knicks beat the 76ers 91-83 on Saturday night.

Need to Know: The Knicks were paced by Carmelo Anthony, who had 25 points and seven rebounds. He added two assists, with one block and one steal.

Amar’e Stoudemire dropped 16 off the bench and pulled down 11 rebounds.

Quincy Acy had 10 points, while Jose Calderon had three points in his season debut.

Links: Recap | Box Score | PBP

What’s Next: The Knicks travel to Houston on Monday night.


Tonight’s Game: Knicks vs. Sixers

The lowly 76ers come to MSG on Saturday night to play the Knicks.

The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on MSG and ESPN Radio.

Quincy Acy, Carmelo Anthony, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Iman Shumpert are expected to start.

Bargnani out against Sixers with strained calf

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

There had been some hope that Andrea Bargnani would make his season debut tonight against the winless Philadelphia 76ers, but that won’t happen.

The Knicks announced that the 7-footer has a strained right calf and won’t play.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher told reporters he “can’t predict” how long the former No. 1 overall pick will be out.

“I’m sure Andrea is doing what he can do to get back out there, and we hope it’s soon,” Fisher told reporters before the game.

Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

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The Knicks are off to a 3-10 start, and the team hopes the return of point guard Jose Calderon will help get their new triangle offense on track.