GEICO SportsNite: Calderon set to debut

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.

Quincy Acy reportedly dealing with a sprained right wrist

Knicks forward Quincy Acy has been dealing with a sprained right wrist, the New York Post reported Friday morning.

Acy, who is averaging 5.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season, recently had a cortisone shot in the wrist to help relieve some of the pain. Per the report, the issue dates back to the preseason.

Acy got the start at power forward during New York’s loss to Minnesota on Wednesday, and because of the sprain he’s having difficulty catching passes. As a result, Acy was responsible for three turnovers via fumbling the ball.

Acy has stared five games for New York, but is likely going destined to a rotation player when Andrea Bargnani returns on Saturday.

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Acy is a defense-first type of player, so a nagging right wrist injury isn’t as serious as if Carmelo Anthony or J.R. Smith had to deal with it. The news comes with great timing, as Bargnani should slide right into the starting lineup. Along with Jason Smith, the two can allow Acy to rest more while his wrist heals.

Four different players have started at power forward this season, and it’ll be five if Bargnani gets the nod this weekend. It’s an obvious area of weakness for the Knicks, and a large reason why the team is in a 3-10 hole at this early juncture in the year.

Observations from the Knicks’ loss to the Timberwolves

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Former Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni would have a field day coaching the Timberwolves. He’d love it. They’re young, they like to run and gun, and the personnel they have hitting the hardwood can spread the floor effectively. What’s more, they are speedy enough to outrun most opponents.

Similarly to most of D’Antoni’s teams, Minnesota doesn’t exactly boast many (if any) lockdown defenders. Fortunately for them, that didn’t matter much on Wednesday night.

USATSI_8214917_110579513_lowresThe Timberwolves’ offensive game plan worked to a tee against the Knicks, as the visiting team proved to be quite overwhelmed by Minnesota from start to finish. New York was unable to keep up, as the tempo that the Timberwolves dictated failed to be met. What’s more, coincidentally enough, their defensive effort wasn’t half bad either. They slowed the Knicks down and came up with a handful of key steals. New York may have shot well from the field (56%), but Minnesota limited the number of such opportunities, and subsequently created an eye-popping number of additional opportunities for themselves in the process. The opponent outshot the Knicks by a total of 89 to 69.

Here are some other key observations from the game:

  • Normally a steady performer, Pablo Prigioni failed to come up in the clutch to orchestrate his team’s offense. A cool, calm, and collected floor general, the veteran was unable to help the Knicks meet their opponent’s rapid fire pace.
  • The positive things Iman Shumpert has continued to do on the hardwood this season visibly aid the Knicks. That said, his worst outing of the season dragged the team down. The swingman missed his first five shots, and finished with 3 points on 1 of 11 from the field.
  • In a game that was lost rather early on, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire ended up getting some much need rest by sitting out the entire fourth quarter.
  • On the note of rest, one Knick (Quincy Acy was the exception, with 32 minutes) played more than 30 minutes.

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Knicks’ Execs Mills, Houston Watched Duke, Kentucky Prospects

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

It’s never too early to plan for the NBA Draft, especially when your record is 3-10.

So Knicks’ execs Steve Mills and Allan Houston did their due diligence Tuesday night when they went to Indianapolis for the Champions Classic featuring Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Michigan State.

The event featured 11 of the 30 projected first-round picks in 2015 by Draft, including projected No. 1 pick Jahlil Okafor of Duke and No. 3 pick Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky.

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Recap: Timberwolves 115, Knicks 99

Result: The Knicks dropped the second night of a back-to-back to the rebuilding Timberwovles in Minnesota 115-99.

Need to Know: It was another difficult night for the Knicks, as Timberwolves Kevin Martin torched New York for 37 points in the rout.

The Timberwolves were without three starters in Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Thaddeus Young. It made little difference as Minnesota took a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter an extended it to 13 thanks to a 37-point second frame.

Carmelo Anthony had 20 points on 10 shots in 27 minutes.

The Knicks are now 3-10 on the season with their ninth loss in 10 games.

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Next up: The Knicks will get a reprieve of sorts on Saturday when it hosts the lowly 76ers, winless on the season, on Saturday at MSG at 7:30 p.m.