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Via MVP247 (thanks Brookdon)

Meanwhile, France centre Ronny Turiaf is set to miss EuroBasket with a broken hand after undergoing scans in London on Wednesday. The New York Knicks player picked up the injury during Monday?s win over Britain and FFB officials have confirmed to MVP that Turiaf will consider withdrawing from the squad if further tests in Paris show lasting damage.

?The hypothetical withdrawal of Ronny Turiaf, a player who is as important on the court as he is off it, could be a real blow to France,? France head coach Vincent Collet said.??I can only imagine how disappointed and frustrated Ronny would be to miss the EuroBasket.

Yikes. Score 1 for the owners.
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Andy Rautins: INC

Rautins didn't get a look this season and there is a sentiment that he may not be back next season. He does have world experience and does possess good guard size and a pure shooting stroke. My few glances of Rautins shows me that he has trouble elevating over longer and faster defenders causing him to pass on open looks or extend further. He also hesitates taking shots because of the speed of the game. If he can convince the team that he can improve in the pick and roll and focuses on getting stronger this off season maybe the Knicks give him a better shot to crack the back court depth chart.

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Ronny Turiaf: C

Turiaf, without a doubt, was one of, if not THE, MVP in game 1 of the series. His energy and toughness allow for this team to emotionally play on another level. But you can't count on him day in and day out. He has a contract option for next year that is his, so you'd expect him to push it through. I would expect the Knicks to try and trade him for another one year deal if there are any takers.

It's hard not to like Turiaf, who should be a consistent part of the rotation when healthy. But it just seems the more he plays the easier he gets hurt recently. Despite playing over 70 games per year for the Lakers, Turiaf has appeared in just 106 out of 164 games over the past two seasons.

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Will this mean the Knicks go deeper down the bench? Or more minutes for Turiaf and Bill Walker? My guess is a little of both, with Mozgov getting the nod over Randolph. Just a feeling.

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Great find via our boy Seth From P&T (from John Schuhmann)
The worst unit on a good team has been the Knicks' Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Amar'e Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf, which has been outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions in 108 minutes. more
Turiaf's injuries this year have to be a factor in this, but does this disprove the idea that the Knicks need to play Amar'e at the 4 and a big body up front for rebounding?? The name of the game is to outscore the opponent. Interesting that this particular group struggles to score and defend particularly with Fields on the court.

What does this say about Gallo?

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When Wilson Chandler is really on his game at the 4, much like Marion was with the Suns, the Knicks can spread the floor, score, and reasonably manage to rebound. That recipe results in wins...and good wins. The Knicks manhandled a Spurs team with Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair, yet clearly have had their issues against the game's elite in Boston, Miami, Orlando and now the Lakers.

Tonight is no picnic either.

It's bothersome to me, as I'm sure it is with you, that when the Knicks are getting worked on the boards you look down the bench and you see Ronny Turiaf begging to get in. Not playing him in LA for more than a handful of minutes is inexcusable.

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I was at a point where I didn't think the Knicks could win a game if Ronny Turiaf didn't play. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but his impact cannot be ignored. Let's just hope that his health holds up enough for him to be a constant contributor. One can't complain that too many minutes has caused Turiaf to be injured during his career.
Turiaf had five points in the run, which came at that critical point in the game when D'Antoni has to have the confidence to go to his bench.

Turiaf had been an effective starter with Stoudemire at power forward, but D'Antoni is getting great results with the smaller lineup that has Stoudemire at center and the ever-improving Chandler at power forward. Chandler's long-range shooting - 27-for-61 (44.3 percent) from three-point range in the last 10 games - helps open up the middle for Stoudemire and Felton to work the pick-and-roll.

The Knicks have shopped around for big men to bolster the frontcourt and have considered bringing back D-League graduate Earl Barron. Turiaf's history of trouble with his left knee (it's been an issue since the end of the 2008-09 season) means the Knicks need to find some insurance. But there's no question that when he's healthy, he's an important part of D'Antoni's rotation.

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The consummate Ronny Turiaf is said to be in the line up tonight when the Knicks face the Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden.

Turiaf missed that game, too, with knee soreness. But he doesn't sound too worried about Love.

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Timofey Mozgov is struggling.

Believe it or not, there's a good chance Landry Fields may go through a period of poor play too. Danilo Gallinari hasn't had a very consistent season to say the least. Plus Ronny Turiaf has been hurt and Toney Douglas hasn't been all that great either. All great signs. This team CAN, and needs to, be better.

"We can definitely get to another level," Felton said after producing 17 points and 13 assists. "We can get even better."
So why must we continue to hear about Eddy Curry?

The obvious answer is that the team is only 2 games over .500, one bad loss from all the questions starting again. But last night's win, and the team's overall performance on the road, really has me thinking that the team has turned a corner and is playing, not just to make the playoffs, but to beat who ever is in their paths.

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Via NY Post

Ronny Turiaf (knee) and Toney Douglas (thigh) are expected to play tonight despite being listed as questionable

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Great moment for an otherwise great game for Turiaf who the Knicks desperately missed when he was out with injury. The guy is absolutely the heart and soul and brings energy to the team and the arena.

Imagine if you could actually hear it?? If you were there, you did.

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Via Fromthebaseline
The key talent that Ronny Turiaf brings to the Knicks team is his communication. There have been moments where players have not been playing team basketball and Ronny has been the first one to tell his teammates to share the ball. Most players would react negatively to this and take it the wrong way. However, when it?s comes to Turiaf you know the message is coming from the heart.

Let's not forget to mention his support of his teammates when a good play is made. Support like that is priceless. There are times he is so excited for his teammates you would think he was the one who scored a basket. If you are a teammate of Ronny you know he supports you 100%.

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a mid-day host go off on a tangent on how on earth Ronny Turiaf's absence was such a major factor on this team. "But he wasn't EVEN GOOD ENOUGH TO START!!!" was the host's point as if that matters. Role players don't always start but doesn't make them any less valuable per minute.

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With the Knicks in Denver, what else is there to talk about really?

Nothing has changed on that front in terms of deals, and please excuse me if I'm not affected one bit by the Knicks lack of poor play. From all information I've been gathering since the summer, Melo wants to come to the Big Apple and help his legacy by saving this franchise.

Via NY Post

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First off, this team missed Ronny Turiaf terribly last night. He does so many things, most notably he has the ability to help in the lane, which was missed so much last night.

To that end, and because the offense had it's issues, Mike D'Antoni decided to move Amar'e Stoudemire to the 5 as a means to open up the floor. It did. But without Mozgov or Turiaf's presence on the interior, the Knicks were completely exploited. I have no problem with STAT playing the 5 if you want to move Moz or Turiaf away from the basket. Mozgov has shown range. But, especially against a team like the Warriors with Biedrens and Lee, the Knicks just lack size and proper structure.That allowed for the combination of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, the fastest player this side of John Wall, the ability to go off for 47 points on just 36 shots. Case in point was the team was trailing by 4 31-27 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors miss Chandler had his hands on the ball, doesn't secure the rebound and Golden State gets the ball. The ensuing inbounds pass ends in a wide open dunk.

You also may want to consider that in 36 minutes, the combination of Felton, Douglas, Chandler, Gallinari and STAT is -35.

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So I was just watching some video on ESPN as they took a look into the Duke program. Coach K tells his players that 90% of their screens are non-existent because of a lack of contact on the defender. This is essential for off the ball screens, but also is a key factor to on ball screens as well.

The Knicks were one of the first teams to implement the "pick and slip" when they would show Patrick Ewing far from the basket only to have him wait for the on-ball defender to go on the high side and Ewing would "slip" to the basket usually for an uncontested dunk.It would work because the "hedging" defender would be stuck between hedging and staying with Ewing. The Knicks would isolate that side of the floor in a two man game.

In this video, in plays #7 and #1 exhibit the pick and slip. What the Knicks do a great job in the half court of not isolating the floor in a two-man game, they run it from top of key.? They bring the corner offensive player from the corner to above foul line extended so that if the weak side defender helps, the kick out is wide open. More ground to have to cover in order to "close out." It creates more half court space, which as we know is so key.?? Fields has made that shot, but it's meant for Gallinari and Chandler. If the make that shot, they are impossible to defend offensively.

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Thanks to two straight strong performances the Knicks are now +5 in overall point differential, placing them 9th in the NBA. Only 12 teams in the entire league can say the same thing. The combined records of the 8 teams in front of the Knicks?

35-7

The Knicks are also creeping up on a positive +/- rebounding differential as well. They are securing 43.40 rebounds per game vs. 43.80 they are giving up. Their 43 per game has them a very respectable 9th in the NBA.

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Quick notes from practice. Both Anthony Randolph and Danilo Gallinari are practicing but Ronny Turiaf is sitting because of a back injury. Word is he's expected to play.

Randolph is listed as questionable.

Stop me if you heard this before. Eddy Curry isn't practicing.

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Check out Fromthebaseline...

To me, after watching the tape, rebounding is still a major weakness. The small lineups that D'Antoni tried to utilize seemed ineffective. It seems like either Turiaf or Mozgov have to be on the floor at all times...I've been asked several times if I'm concerned about the number of points allowed. The answer is no because I was happy with giving up 52 first half points in the first preseason game. I always think a big key to any game is giving up less than 30 points in the first quarter...I've been asked a ton about who I'd rather give up in a trade for Melo: Randolph or Gallo. The answer is whichever one Denver prefers seeing that they are the ones that have to agree to a deal, not me. But I don't give up both. I go back and forth on the answer of who I prefer to keep. Gallo and Melo share a position so I wonder who can play the 2 because Gallo is not ready to play the 4 full time. I don't believe a front court of Amar'e, Gallo and Melo would be good enough defensively. However, I'm reminded what a Division 1 assistant coach told me once about talented players who can't please a coach and who can't stick with a program.

"They are like a really hot single girl...You really have to wonder why they are available."

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Tommy's Twitter Feed...

Here it is everyone. Your first open thread for the first preseason game of the season. I would venture to guess that Turiaf gets the start along side Stoudemire and the starters will play significant minutes.

There are potential issues, but the bottom line for me is can the team create second opportunities and can they limit the other team to a lot of one and done situations, and I don't mean makes.

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Via Slam (Finger point to R From)

Ronny Turiaf just got to New York but Knicks fans have to love this attitude: ?I can?t speak of the past because I wasn?t there on a regular basis so I can only speak for myself and what I know I can bring to the table. All I?m gonna tell you is that we are going to have guys that want to play hard, guys that?s definitely coming here to win, to make the necessary sacrifices to win basketball games. So I?m not here to speak about the past, but the future. We?re going to play team basketball. We are going to be playing together and everybody moving in the same direction.
We've talked about the importance of locker room attitude and presence. Turiaf is the type of player and person every locker room needs. I'm glad he's here.
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Tom Haberstroh of ESPN-NY has another good piece on the Knicks/Warriors deal...

Turiaf represents a major health risk going forward but he should provide the Knicks with a legitimate low-post presence they've long desired. He certainly hasn?t carved out an five-year NBA career because of his scoring chops.

While Turiaf has almost no scoring skills on the block, it?s worth noting that he doesn?t waste possessions down there either. Among players who averaged 20 minutes per game last season, Turiaf used the eighth lowest percentage (11.3) of his team?s possessions on a shot, foul, or turnover. According to Synergy Sports Technology, the 6-10, 250 pound Gonzaga alum only used 20 post ups last season during his 872 minutes of playing time. That selfless discipline keeps him in the lineup even if he?s reliant on his teammates to hand him gimmes down low and put-backs off of misses.

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Ronny Turiaf has overcome a lot in his career, but nothing as big as a heart ailment that he went through in 2005. The new Knicks big man sits down with Knicks Journal to talk about it.
Q: You?re very well known as a player who is involved with the community. Talk about how you give back with your foundation, the ?Heart to Heart Foundation??

A: This is something that I am very proud of. I have always loved giving back to the community, and my foundation really took off with help from the Golden State Warriors? community and great staff. I must thank them for all they have done.

As you know, in 2005, I overcame an enlarged aortic root, and underwent open heart surgery. That definitely gave me the strength to start raising awareness for heart related issues. In Golden State, I donated multiple defibrillators to local high schools. My friend?s brother actually passed out and almost lost his life due to lack of a defibrillator. Hopefully the community here in New York can embrace the fact that I?m trying to give back. I hope they see how passionate about this I am.
Ronny and I have exchanged dialogue via Twitter. He's entertaining and loves interacting with fans. Chat with him here.
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Via Knickerblogger
But the final name David Stern announced before ceding the night?s emcee duties to Russ Granik was not Taft, it was Lee: a four-year senior who had averaged a workmanlike 11 and 7 in his time with the Gators and who projected to offer similarly steady but unspectacular production in a bench role for the Knicks.? For a team with absolutely nothing to get excited about, this seemed like a classic example of Isiah buying a nice new set of snow tires when he couldn?t afford a car (to say nothing of the fact that, in Kurt Thomas, the Knicks already possessed a set of the same model of snow tires, and a more broken-in set at that).? The pick was illogical, miscalculated, and hubristic.? And it was just about the only thing Isiah got right in his time at the helm.*

*I?ll spare you the effort of looking it up: Taft eventually went 42nd overall, somewhat coincidentally to the same Golden State Warriors that now employ Lee.? He played in 17 games, averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds, underwent back surgery and hasn?t played basketball professionally since 2006.? Again, remind me I wanted this guy the next time I criticize a personnel decision. more.

I dismiss Lee's stats to a fault. I think people who believe that his offense is a fluke are being misguided. Defensively, he was overmatched and underwhelming guarding 4s and 5s. What it always came down to was space and at the 4 position, Lee just didn't have the mid range game. I think he will in Golden State and have the chance to shoot it a ton. He'll be effective.

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