Tag:Shawne Williams
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:51 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:50 pm

Free Agent Buzz 12.15.11: Signing Day

Posted by EOB

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz.

10:16 p.m.
  • The San Antonio Spurs have announced that they re-signed Steve Novak to a 1-year deal.
8:50 p.m. ET:
  • Sportando.net reports that Jeff Adrien, who had been playing in Italy, is bouncing out on Bennetton Basket so that he can sign a deal with the Houston Rockets
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:01 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 11:57 pm

Late-game execution failures doom Knicks

The New York Knicks lost to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night and the final minutes weren't pretty. Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-knicks-magic

The New York Knicks have been hailed as the second coming of the Miami Heat, a bundling of top-end starpower that should be able to execute, if not overwhelm, during crunch time. Much to our collective surprise (and glee), Miami has struggled late in games all season long, especially against top quality competition. On Wednesday night, the New York suffered that same fate, falling apart in ugly fashion down the stretch to lose 111-99 to the Orlando Magic.

I'm as big a fan of Dwight Howard and company's defense as the next person -- the Magic are currently No. 3 league-wide in defensive efficiency -- but New York's late-game failure was a combination of bizarre decision-making, a lack focus, and an inability to pound what had been working earlier in the game. Yes, the Magic defense nudged them along those roads, but the Knicks seemed more than happy to go there.

The contrast in execution between the two teams was striking and unavoidable. During the game's closing minutes, the Magic continuously fed Howard giving the Knicks no choice but to foul him repeatedly, hoping he would miss. He didn't -- shooting 8-8 from the stripe in the game's final two minutes -- and Orlando's lead stretched because of it.

Meanwhile, on the other end, it's not exactly clear what the Knicks were thinking. Carmelo Anthony finished with 24 points on just 12 shots, got to the free throw line 11 times and registered nine assists on the night. Yet, on multiple crucial possessions, other Knicks took the shots. Down six with six minutes to go, Shawne Williams jacked a three-pointer. Down eight with four minutes to go, Chauncey Billups jacked a three-pointer. Down seven with under three minutes to go, Toney Douglas got sent back by Dwight Howard. Down nine with just over a minute to go, Williams inexplicably and carelessly lost the ball out of bounds under moderate pressure near halfcourt. On the very next possession, Williams jacked another three-pointer. Give me a break.

Make no mistake: defense was still an issue for the Knicks, as they gave up 111 points on the night and watched as the Magic went on a 10-3 run to close the game. 

But Anthony, New York's leading scorer on the night, took just one shot, had just four free throw attempts and notched just two of his assists during the fourth quarter. That might be understandable if the team system is flowing, but it wasn't. 

Against quality, playoff-tested competition like the Magic, you can't get away with being unable to get one-on-one stops and being unable to get your best player going late. You might be able to get away with one, but certainly not both, even at home. So the Knicks go down again.
Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 3:22 pm

Suspensions, fine follow Hawks / Knicks fight

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams and New York Knicks forward Shawne Williams have been suspended, while Josh Smith has been fined after a crazy game between the two teams on Friday night. Posted by Ben Golliver. josh-smith

The fallout from Friday night's ridiculous game between the Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks continues, 48 hours later.

On Friday, we noted that the two teams got into a bit of a fight, with Hawks forward Marvin Williams and Knicks forward Shawne Williams exchanging punches. 

On Saturday, the NBA announced that it had suspended both Marvin Williams and Shawne Williams.
The Atlanta Hawks’ Marvin Williams has been suspended two games without pay for throwing punches and fighting with the New York Knicks’ Shawne Williams, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.  Shawne Williams has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a punch during the altercation.
The incident occurred with 43.7 seconds remaining in the fourth period of the Hawks’ 111-102 win over the Knicks at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Marvin Williams will serve his suspension during the Hawks’ next two games: tonight at the Dallas Mavericks and Wednesday, February 2 vs. the Toronto Raptors.   Shawne Williams will serve his suspension tomorrow when the Knicks play host to the Detroit Pistons
On Sunday, the NBA also announced that Hawks forward Josh Smith has been fined for making an obscene gesture not related to the fight.
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
The incident occurred with 3:44 remaining in the fourth period of the Hawks’ 111-102 win over the New York Knicks at Philips Arena in Atlanta on January 28.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes the incident in question fairly hilariously.
Smith made a motion near his groin area as he ran back up the court. Television cameras captured the incident.
Philips Arena fans sure got their money's worth on this one. The Hawks wound up beating the Knicks, 111-102.
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:31 pm

Video: Knicks, Hawks fight leads to ejections

Members of the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks exchanges punches during a fight on Friday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Members of the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks got into a fight that involved the exchanging of punches during the final minute of the fourth quarter of their game Friday night. 

Hawks forward Marvin Williams and Knicks forward Shawne Williams got tangled up during a Hawks possessions. Marvin Williams shoved Shawne Williams with two hands in the back, and then again in the chest, which led Knicks forward Landry Fields to attempt to restrain Marvin Williams from behind. Unfortunately, this just made Marvin Williams a sitting duck for a Shawne Williams punch attempt, which Marvin Williams ducked and then threw a counter punch, which also missed. 

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire hopped in the middle and attempted to play peace-maker and, pretty soon, both teams rallied around the combatants as they continued to square off near the free throw line. Marvin Williams kept on with the shoving and was eventually restrained by teammate Al Horford, while one of the game officials and Raymond Felton managed to get Shawne Williams out of the fracas.

Both Marvin Williams and Shawne Williams were ejected. The Hawks went on to win, 111-102.

Here's video of the fight, which will surely result in fines and suspensions for both Marvin Williams and Shawne Williams, courtesy of YouTube user TylerMC17.

Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 6:09 pm

Danilo Gallinari out 2-3 weeks with knee sprain

New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari is out 2-3 weeks with what the team calls a "mild knee sprain." Posted by Ben Golliver. danilo-gallinari

On Sunday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari "crumpled to the floor" after suffering a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of a 98-92 home win over the Indiana Pacers. Shortly after the game, Berger wrote that Gallinari said the injury was "nothing to worry about."

An MRI conducted on Monday confirmed that Gallinari avoided any serious knee trouble, but the test did reveal what the team called a "mild knee sprain." Gallinari is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

At 19-14, the Knicks have arguably exceeded expectations more than any other NBA team so far this season, and Gallinari, a 22 year-old Italian forward, has been an important piece. Gallinari had started every game so far this season, and was averaging 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 34.7 minutes. He was also getting to the free throw line more frequently than any Knick not named Amar'e Stoudemire and was shooting 37% from deep, while leading the team in three-point attempts.

The New York Times reports that big man Ronny Turiaf will likely start in Gallinari's place, moving Wilson Chandler to the small forward position. Turiaf, a low-post bruiser and hustle player, brings a distinctly different style of play than Gallinari. He has started six games this season and is averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. 

PostingAndToasting.com also writes that Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni may decide to fill Gallinari's missing minutes by increasing playing time for Shawne Williams and Bill Walker, rather than turning to seldom-used forward Anthony Randolph, who has languished on the bench since being acquired via trade last summer.
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