Game Preview & Thread: Knicks v. Cthulhus

In honor of the ‘Bockers’ league-leading winning streak, it’s Magic 8 ball time! Will the Knicks win today’s game v. the Right Proper Bostonians? (Shake, shake)  “All Signs Point To…” Fer Chrissakes, I can’t read this thing. The little cube isn’t floating to the surface anymore and the water’s gotten all muddy. And who broke my Stretch Armstrong doll? The goo is getting everywhere. Oh well. Since beloved childhood toys can’t provide the answers to these pressing questions, we turned to Brian Robb of from our fellow TrueHoop dealership, CelticsHub.com, for a few keen insights into today’s titanic tilt:

 

1. The Celtics got off to a great start after Rondo’s injury, but they’ve tailed off quite dramatically of late. Is it just Garnett’s/Lee’s absence, or are there other, more deeply-seeded issues? What else’s gone wrong?

It’s been more injuries than anything else in my opinion. KG has been banged up for awhile now, but an underlying factor has been the shooting slump of Avery Bradley. He’s been atrocious for the past month or so offensively, and that’s tough for a team that struggles to score points. Combine that with a lack of depth and a number of new faces that Doc Rivers didn’t trust yet and you have a recipe for a swoon.

2. Jeff Green’s been beasting of late. Is there a change in his game that would account for this or is it just playing time or did Tommy Heinsohn dump a vat of PED’s in his Gatorade?

He was definitely starting to hit his stride in January right before Rondo went down, but he’s taken it to a new level without the All-Star point guard. It’s easy to forgot that this guy missed all of last season, so it definitely took awhile for him to get the trust off and regain his confidence. There’s no denying though that the C’s new spread offense gives him a much better role in the offense. He’s getting the ball in better places now and he’s making the most of it. No word on whether his watching old James Worthy tapes all season has also helped Green, but it’s a possibility.

3. Knick-Celtic games have been incredibly hard-fought, close games of late (cf L’Affaire Honey Nut Cheerios). What’s your prediction for this one?

I like the Knicks in this one. Boston is struggling defensively without Garnett and with J.R. Smith rolling, it’ll be tough for Boston to contain him, Carmelo and all the three-point shooters on the road. With that said, it will be closer than last time, because Rivers has finally realized he needs a true big on the floor, instead of trying to play Jeff Green or Brandon Bass at center most of the game.

 

Thanks Brian!  All your in-game thoughts go here. Happy Easter, everyone.

 

Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 31 2013)

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Leads Lakers Past Kings, 103-98 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:49:10 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant passed Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA’s scoring list, then put on one of the best passing performances of his storied career.

  • [New York Times] Jazz 116, Nets 107: After a Promising Start, the Nets’ Western Swing Ends With a Thud (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:46:51 GMT)

    Randy Foye’s eight 3-pointers tied a Jazz record and helped Utah beat the Nets, who lost the final two games of their 13-day trip.

  • [New York Times] George Leads Balanced Pacers Past Suns, 112-104 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:16:24 GMT)

    Paul George scored 25 points to lead all five Indiana starters in double figures and the Pacers won their fourth straight with a 112-104 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Curry’s 39 Leads Warriors Past Blazers, 125-98 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:13:16 GMT)

    Stephen Curry scored 39 points and the Golden State Warriors moved one step closer toward ending their five-year playoff drought with a 125-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Lifts Mavericks Past Bulls 100-98 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:52:19 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki said the ball felt flat coming out of his hand.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Playing the Way They Did in the Good Old Days, Four Months Ago (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:10:18 GMT)

    The Knicks attributed their seven-game winning streak to jumping on teams early, making free throws, playing with good spacing and making shots.

  • [New York Times] Holiday Leads 76ers Over Bobcats, 100-92 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:07:40 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday scored 10 straight points down the stretch, Evan Turner finished with 22 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Foye’s 8 3-Pointers Lift Jazz Over Nets, 116-107 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:04:24 GMT)

    Randy Foye scored 26 points, tying a career high with eight 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-107 Saturday night to keep Deron Williams winless against his former team.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Pull Away to Beat Timberwolves 99-86 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:49:30 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies broke out of their road slump the only way they know how: by locking down on defense.

  • [New York Times] Durant, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Bucks, 109-99 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:22:10 GMT)

    Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-99 on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Dirk Nowitzki’s Hot Hand Lifts Mavs Over Bulls (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:15:21 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki’s 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds capped a late rally by the Mavericks in their win over the Bulls. Nowitzki finished with a season-high 35 points.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Passes Wilt for 4th on NBA Scoring List (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:04:24 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant has passed fellow Los Angeles Lakers great Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list.

  • [New York Times] Holiday Leads 76ers Over Bobcats, 100-92 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:58:15 GMT)

    Jrue Holiday scored 10 straight points down the stretch, Evan Turner finished with 22 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-92 Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Cruise Past Clippers, 98-81 (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:55:19 GMT)

    Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Francisco Garcia scored 15 points apiece to lead the Houston Rockets to a 98-81 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Johnson Has Season-High 21, Hawks Beat Magic (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 01:52:35 GMT)

    Ivan Johnson scored a season-high 21 points off the bench, and Devin Harris had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Atlanta Hawks pulled away to beat the Orlando Magic 97-88.

  • [New York Post] Tyson’s fashion passion (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:05:16 -0500)

    Tyson Chandler makes his living proudly wearing his Knicks uniform.
    But when the game is over â?? or when he is sidelined with an achy back and neck, as he has been the past nine games â?? the All-Star center isn’t done trying to impress.
    Chandler attacks fashion the way he…

  • [New York Post] Celts try to slow down Smith (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:52:19 -0500)

    What would J.R. do?
    That is the big question tonight as the Celtics invade the Garden on Easter Sunday, one more big test for J.R. Smith’s Knicks before Tuesday’s South Beach showdown.
    After the Heat’s 27-game streak ended Wednesday in Chicago, the Knicks are aiming…

  • [New York Post] Woodson: Beating softies still counts (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 03:52:19 -0500)

    Mike Woodson won’t have anyone diminish the Knicks seven-game victory streak â?? the longest in his 1 1/2 -season tenure as coach â?? despite it coming during a relatively soft section of their schedule.
    Woodson was a defensive assistant during the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak during Linsanity last season, but…

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks hope to extend seven-game winning streak, but tough foes loom (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:43:36 EDT)

    The Knicks are trying to storm into the playoffs the way they started this season.

  • [New York Daily News] Drive Time: J.R. credits recent tear to attacking basket (Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:43:17 GMT)

    LeBron James and Miami can wait. First the Knicks have to take care of business on Easter Sunday against a team they might be facing in the first round of the playoffs, in only a matter of weeks.

  • Knicks 111, Bobcats 102

    Charlotte Bobcats 102 Final

    Recap | Box Score

    111 New York Knicks
    Kenyon Martin, PF 36 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +3Simply everywhere on defense for as long as the game was competitive. 3 contracts at or near the max, an 18-5 start, and yet I shudder to think what our outlook would be without this guy. He needs to not play 36 minutes in games like this.
    Carmelo Anthony, SF 36 MIN | 11-28 FG | 9-10 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 32 PTS | +1Some brilliant shot-making tonight but it was scattered throughout some ugly cold stretches. The 11/28 shooting and 5 turnovers look ugly but 7 offensive boards and a 9/10 from the line (and oh how he finished through contact) makes it a plus night on the offensive end. Defense was unremarkable for better or worse.
    Iman Shumpert, SF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +4Looking more and more confident in his shot and sharper and quicker on defense. Starting to play the passing lanes and body up quick defenders like he did as a rookie. When Chandler comes back, a lineup with Shump at the 3 and K-Mart and Chandler behind him could be an absolute brick wall when Melo needs a breather. Make no mistake, the difference between the team right now and a month ago is about K-Mart’s Renaissance and JR’s Reformation, but it’s got plenty to do with Shumpert’s Enlightenment as well.
    Raymond Felton, PG 36 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +8There was a period where many Knicks fans (at least on Twitter) were firmly entrenched in two warring camps: one pro-Felton and one pro-Prigioni. At this point, it should be clear that we’re not dealing with an either/or proposition. Since Prigioni’s insertion into the starting lineup, the feast-or-famine Felton has been replaced with a far more consistent player who has shot less (between 6 and 12 FGA’s per game) and better (32/58 in the last 7) while limiting his turnovers as a result of his lightened playmaking burden. Prigs played just 11 minutes tonight but the calmer Felton showed up nonetheless, sinking 5 of 7 twos and 2 of 4 threes.

    Felton’s TS% with Prigioni on the court this season is 59.0%. With Prigs on the bench, it’s 49.1%.

    Pablo Prigioni, PG 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1Prigioni’s TS% with Felton on the court this season is 64.0%. With Felton on the bench its 56.5%.
    Chris Copeland, SF 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +2Nothing to see here. With each passing day it becomes more apparent that there’s only room in the playoff rotation for one of he and Novak and I don’t like Cope’s odds in that battle. That said, neither of them was particularly necessary today.
    Steve Novak, SF 19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +14I SPACED THE FLOOR! PROVE THAT I DIDN’T!
    Marcus Camby, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +72 points and 2 boards may not look like much but next to his pooped-in-the-fridge-ate-an-entire-wheel-of-cheese-impressive 4 foul, 1 turnover, 0-anything-else night against Memphis it’s like realizing there was one more Sour Patch Kid at the bottom of the bag.
    Jason Kidd, PG 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -3Tonight it was rebounding. It’s always something. I don’t know what the most memorable play of the Knicks’ postseason will be this year but if it’s a happy memory something tells me Kidd will be involved.
    J.R. Smith, SG 37 MIN | 12-18 FG | 11-12 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 37 PTS | +13I’ve spent hundreds of hours watching, thinking about, and writing about the Knicks this season. My girlfriend Emily has largely joined me on this journey and, while she likes both the sport and the team, it would probably be unfair of me to assume that this was the way she was hoping to spend her winter. In the first quarter last night, JR stepped up to the three-point line and employed a nasty stutter-step that sent his flummoxed defender (I think Gerald Henderson?) tumbling to the floor, able only to look up at Earl as he banged home a three. I yipped with excitement and called Emily in from the next room to see a replay.

    Her response: “I love JR. I feel like he really represents the team this season. He kind of came out of nowhere and he’s really bad sometimes but when he’s good it’s so awesome.”

    I have nothing to add.

    Mike WoodsonSome of the high minute totals seem a little silly in a game that stopped being competitive so early but I’m not sure what he was supposed to do with so few bodies at his disposal. Did I really want to see 15 minutes of James White in a game that ended up only being decided by 9? Bottom line is, for all of Woodson’s imprefections, he’s got an injury-ravaged roster peaking at the right time and he’s doing it with a handful of fairly unorthodox lineups that have been thrust upon him by both short-handedness and quirks in the personnel. Don’t know how you could call that a bad job at this point.

    Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Mar 30 2013)

  • [New York Post] J.R., Melo scorch Bobcats to extend Knicks’ win streak (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:18:44 -0500)

    Carmelo Anthony continues to be a solid secondary scorer to J.R. Smith.
    Yeah, that’s right. That’s how nuts this J.R. Smith surge â?? and Knicks surge â?? is getting.
    Smith wouldn’t let the Knicks lose this one as they reached seventh heaven by jumping on the woeful…

  • [New York Post] Tyson sits again with neck issue (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:16:39 -0500)

    Center Tyson Chandler missed his ninth straight game Friday night amid growing concern he has a pinched nerve in his neck.
    There is no longer a timetable for his return. Twelve days ago, after an MRI exam uncovered a bulging disk in his cervical spine, the Knicks announced he would…

  • [New York Daily News] Swish City: J.R. scores 37 to extend Knicks’ streak to 7 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:04:43 GMT)

    Michael Jordan the player would use Madison Square Garden as his personal playground and torment the Knicks whenever he came to town.

  • [New York Daily News] Ex-Suns GM Kerr saw knife coming for Amar’e (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:00:39 GMT)

    Steve Kerr had left the Phoenix Suns a few weeks before the club elected to let Amar’e Stoudemire walk to New York. But the former Suns general manager agreed with ownership and the club’s medical staff that Stoudemire was a medical risk not worth taking.

  • [New York Daily News] Bondy: J.R. Smith key to Knicks’ playoff success (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:20:04 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony has played alongside J.R. Smith long enough now to know these hot streaks can arrive in a hurry, and depart just as quickly.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Heat’s LeBron James Dominates in Win Over Hornets (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:51:01 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 36 points and the visiting Miami Heat beat the New Orleans Hornets. The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies also won their games.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets 109, Nets 87: Nets Fade and Fall in Denver (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:02:07 GMT)

    The Nuggets scored the game’s first 21 fast-break points en route to their 18th straight victory at the Pepsi Center, where Denver is 33-3, the best home record in the league.

  • [New York Times] Utah Rallies to Beat Portland 105-95 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:55:20 GMT)

    Mo Williams scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half, and the Utah Jazz rallied with a 19-3 run in the final minutes to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 111, Bobcats 102: Knicks Top Bobcats for Seventh Win in a Row (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:28:20 GMT)

    The Knicks started strong and then coasted to a 111-102 victory against the Charlotte Bobcats, as J.R. Smith scored 37 points.

  • [New York Times] Nuggets Beat Nets to Win 18th Straight at Home (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:55:22 GMT)

    Rookie Evan Fournier scored a season-high 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets extended their home winning streak to 18 games by beating the Brooklyn Nets 109-87 Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Duncan’s 34 Leads Spurs Past Clippers, 104-102 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:34:23 GMT)

    Tim Duncan had a season-high 34 points, including a game-winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 104-102 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: Shut Up (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:01:17 GMT)

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley has added another chapter to his rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Beat Pistons 99-82 to End 5-Game Skid (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:58:12 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece and the Toronto Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Scores 36, Heat Roll in New Orleans (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:55:15 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 36 points, hitting six consecutive 3-pointers in less than six minutes during the first half, and the Miami Heat rebounded from their first loss in nearly two months to beat the New Orleans Hornets 108-89 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Randolph, Gasol Lead Grizzlies by Rockets, 103-94 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:52:13 GMT)

    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 21 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Smith Has 37, Knicks Beat Bobcats for 7th Straight (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:49:13 GMT)

    J.R. Smith scored 37 points, his third consecutive 30-point outing, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 111-102 on Friday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.

  • [New York Times] Pekovic Powers Timberwolves Over Thunder 101-93 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:37:49 GMT)

    Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Harris Helps Magic Break Skid, 97-92 Over Wizards (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:19:28 GMT)

    Tobias Harris had a career-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic break an eight-game losing streak with a 97-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Turner Scores 23, 76ers Beats Cavaliers 97-87 (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:10:25 GMT)

    Evan Turner scored 23 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Cleveland 97-87 on Friday night, sending the Cavaliers to their season-high seventh straight loss.

  • [New York Times] Pierce’s Triple-Double Lifts Celtics Past Hawks (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 02:04:59 GMT)

    Paul Pierce had 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Green scored 27 points to carry the Boston Celtics to a 118-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Melo: Smith has 'never' been this good (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 01:12:44 EDT)

    Carmelo Anthony played five and 1/2 seasons with J.R. Smith in Denver, and he saw the sixth man sometimes put up 30 points off the bench, hit 11 3-pointers one time in 2009 and help lead the team to four straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the conference finals.
    This season, Anthony has seen Smith hit two game-winning shots and score 20 or more points in eight of 10 games from late December to early January.
    But now coming off three straight performances scoring 30 or more points — the latest (37) coming on Friday night in a win over the Bobcats — this is the best the Knicks’ star has ever seen Smith on the court.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Here comes trouble for surging Knicks (Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:57:51 EDT)

    This seven-game win streak really couldn’t have come at a better time for the Knicks.
    With Friday’s victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, who, incidentally, barely resembled an NBA team for much of the game, the Knicks moved to 19 games over .500 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
    More importantly, they moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for first place in the Atlantic Division.
    And they remained in second place in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of the Indiana Pacers.

  • Game preview & thread: Knicks vs. Robertcats

    Ahoy hoy! The bros over at Queen City Hoops were kind enough to elicit my thoughts on a few Knicks-‘Cats story lines ahead of tonight’s tilt:

    1- STATS: In the Knicks past 5 games they’ve been on a tear offensively. NYK are averaging 104.6 PPG, making 10.6 3FG/game & shooting the ball at a 50.3% mark. How can the Cats’ slow this potent offensive attack down tonight?

    Spencer: It’ll be interesting to see if Chandler plays tonight. If he doesn’t, the Bobcats can compete on the glass and not have to be so on alert with PnR’s involving Tyson. Other than that, you have to know where shooters are with the Knicks. Smith, Novak, Felton & Shumpert (just to name a few) can make you pay in a hurry. Considering the style that Dunlap likes to implement defensively, over-helping, has to be reeled in a bit tonight. Just cannot afford to leave shooters with the Knicks. Chase these guys off the 3-point line and force the ball to the rim where they’ll have to finish contested attempts there.

    Jim Cavan (Knickerblogger): When the Knicks are rotating the ball like they have – recapturing some of the November magic many of us had given up for dead – having your defense on a taut string is of the utmost. The ‘Cats are quick enough to executive quick rotations capable of making life difficult for New York’s shooters. The question is whether the communication and correct rotations will be there when they need to be. Goading Felton into 22-footers from the top of the key isn’t a bad strategy, either.

    Mathew: Well, I’d say limit the 3-point attempts but that request is a little stale at this point. I’m going to focus on a specific Bobcat – MKG. He’ll get the task of checking Carmelo Anthony for the majority of the game tonight. If he can hold his own when Melo takes him down into the post, in turn not requiring a double from one of his teammates, it will allow the Bobcats to defend passes out of the post and the 3-point line more effectively.

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    Knicks Morning News (Friday, Mar 29 2013)

  • [New York Post] Stat: Knee surgery may mean playoff return for Amar’e (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:28:39 -0500)

    Amar’e Stoudemire has been down this road before. So he said playing four games in five nights for the Knicks last month did not bring about another knee surgery. The knee, Stoudemire said, was set to give out.
    “It was just a matter of time before it happened and…

  • [New York Post] Novak credits veterans (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 02:25:56 -0500)

    Just 11 days ago, the Knicks were teetering on the brink of disaster, having lost the first four games on their West Coast road trip.
    Coming off a loss in Los Angeles to the Clippers, the team headed to Utah, a place where they hadn’t won since 2005.
    All…

  • [New York Times] Pick 6: A Look at the NBA’s Late-Season Races (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:19:24 GMT)

    The races are on in the NBA, both on and off the court.

  • [New York Times] Former Coach Charged With Match-Fixing in South Korea (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:25:05 GMT)

    A leading South Korean basketball coach, arrested earlier this month for allegedly rigging matches, was among four people formally charged by prosecutors on Friday, local media reported.

  • [New York Times] Cousins Leads Kings Past Suns, 117-103 (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:37:15 GMT)

    DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 consecutive points in the first half and finished with 34 in the Sacramento Kings’ 117-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Referees Missed Foul Call on Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:23:31 GMT)

    The N.B.A. informed the Timberwolves that the referee crew should have called the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant for a foul on a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] Kobe Bryant Has Bone Spur in Left Foot (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:13:32 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant has a bone spur in his left foot.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Bucks Rally Past Lakers With Help of Larry Sanders (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:55:21 GMT)

    Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter, and the host Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • [New York Times] George, Pacers Topple Mavericks 103-78 (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:22:50 GMT)

    Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds and the Indiana Pacers broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-78 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Sanders Helps Bucks Beat Lakers 113-103 (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:19:45 GMT)

    Larry Sanders scored 13 of his career-high 21 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks-Nets Race Heads for Final Stretch (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:15:48 GMT)

    The Knicks hold a small lead over the Nets in the Atlantic Division race, but it’s not enough to keep them feeling comfortable.

  • [New York Times] Tom Boerwinkle, Bulls Center, Dies at 67 (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:01:07 GMT)

    Mr. Boerwinkle, a stalwart center for the Chicago Bulls in the 1970s, set a franchise record with 37 rebounds.

  • [New York Times] Analysis: Heat Used Streak to Solidify a Top Seed (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 02:31:05 GMT)

    Miami not only put together a 27-game winning streak but also gave itself an insurmountable lead over the Eastern Conference competition.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks’ Wild Thing Settles Into Groove at the Right Time (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 02:20:23 GMT)

    J.R. Smith has rarely shown the consistency that he has exhibited during the Knicks’ six-game winning streak. He’s scoring more and shooting better.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Stoudemire Happy After Surgery, but Playoffs Are Uncertain (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 01:50:07 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire of the Knicks spoke about his rehabilitation from the surgery he had on his right knee three weeks ago.

  • [New York Times] NBA Commissioner-In-Waiting Eyes Global Expansion (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:13:07 GMT)

    A golden period awaits the National Basketball Association (NBA) with global interest and business opportunities growing, the man set to replace Commissioner David Stern, said on Thursday.

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Amar’e knees, contract mean painful reality (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:58:17 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire apparently shared the same concerns about his knees that the Phoenix Suns’ medical staff expressed to the team’s front office before the wild free agent summer of 2010.

  • Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Mar 28 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks bear down on Grizzlies for sixth straight win (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:58:52 GMT)

    The winning streak came against the likes of Orlando, Toronto and a beaten down Celtics team. Encouraging yes, but not all that impressive. Until Wednesday night. The Knicks extended their unbeaten streak to six with a 108-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, an honest-to-goodness playoff bound team from the Western Conference no less.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Knicks send Grizzlie message to West (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:52:51 GMT)

    It’s not a Miami Heat-sized winning streak, we know that very well. But this is a genuine winning streak now because the Knicks finally had a chance to take out a quality opponent and did exactly that when they held off the Memphis Grizzlies in the final frantic minutes at the Garden on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Stoudemire comeback in the fast lane (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:40:11 GMT)

    Amar’e Stoudemire revealed that his surgically repaired right knee is improving but the veteran forward did not say if he’ll be available for the playoffs next month.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: How Not to Show a Dunk on TV (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:00:22 GMT)

    The constant possibility of a dunk is the best asset a basketball telecast has to offer. Unfortunately, TV directors are ruining the moment.

  • [New York Times] Nets 111, Trail Blazers 93: Evans Guides Nets to Another Road Victory (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:12:51 GMT)

    Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and scored 22 points as the Nets beat the Trail Blazers for their 20th road win of the season, matching a franchise best.

  • [New York Times] Column: Streak Is History, the Question Remains (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:58:34 GMT)

    Losing game after game is nerve-racking, sure, but after a point, so is winning.

  • [New York Times] Miami’s 27-Game Streak Snapped After Chicago Loss (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:43:06 GMT)

    The Miami Heat’s quest for history fell short, but it didn’t end quietly.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: 27-Game Streak? For Heat, 50-1 Shot (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:26:27 GMT)

    The math shows that the chance of such a streak by a team with the winning percentage of the Heat is only 2 percent.

  • [New York Times] Evans (22 Points, 26 Rebounds) Leads Nets (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:22:16 GMT)

    Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds and matched his career high with 22 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-93 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Kings Beat Warriors 105-98 to Take Season Series (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 05:13:21 GMT)

    Isaiah Thomas had 31 points and seven assists, DeMarcus Cousins added 14 points and the Sacramento Kings put another dent in Golden State’s playoff chase by beating the Warriors 105-98 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Griffin Leads Clippers Past Hornets, 105-91 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:55:22 GMT)

    Chris Paul and Blake Griffin made their share of timely plays and otherwise enjoyed the perimeter shooting exhibition put on by the Los Angeles Clippers’ supporting cast.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 101, Heat 97: Heat’s Streak Stopped by Bulls at 27 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:35:53 GMT)

    Luol Deng led the Bulls with 28 points and Carlos Boozer added 21 as Chicago fended off a furious rally by the Heat to hand them their first loss in 53 days.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 108, Grizzlies 101: Knicks Hold Off Grizzlies After Blowing Huge Lead (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:34:51 GMT)

    After taking a 30-point lead, the Knicks let the Grizzlies creep within 4 in the final minute before steadying themselves and pulling out a win, their sixth in a row.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Upset by What He Thinks Are Flagrant Fouls (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:34:16 GMT)

    LeBron James spoke out about the way he gets officiated on Wednesday night, saying he is starting to get concerned about how physical he believes some opponents are against him.

  • [New York Times] Duncan, Spurs Escape With 100-99 Win Over Nuggets (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:50:07 GMT)

    Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 100-99 win over Denver on Wednesday night when Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.

  • [New York Times] Jefferson, Hayward Lift Jazz Past Suns 103-88 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:38:06 GMT)

    Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points apiece and the Utah Jazz defeated the Phoenix Suns 103-88 on Wednesday night to stay within a game of the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff battle.

  • [New York Times] Hibbert Powers Pacers to 100-91 Win Over Rockets (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:32:20 GMT)

    Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Hold Off Grizzlies for 6th Straight Win (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:52:22 GMT)

    J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, and the New York Knicks withstood a furious rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-101 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook, Durant Lead Thunder to Rout of Wizards (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:49:21 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook scored 21 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards 103-80 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Win 22nd Straight Against Wolves 120-117 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:46:52 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant looks just fine at playing small forward.

  • [New York Times] Hawes Lifts 76ers Past Bucks, 100-92 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:25:35 GMT)

    Brandon Jennings had a blank stare as he scanned a disappointed Milwaukee locker room.

  • [New York Times] Green’s Layup at Buzzer Lifts Celtics Over Cavs (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 02:07:43 GMT)

    Jeff Green scored 21 points and hit the winning layup at the buzzer, and the Boston Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak with a 93-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Henderson, Walker Lead Bobcats Over Magic 114-108 (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:46:18 GMT)

    Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker each scored 34 points, and the Charlotte Bobcats handed the injury-riddled Orlando Magic their eighth straight loss, 114-108 Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA’s worst teams.

  • [New York Times] Hawks Beat Raptors 107-88 to Clinch Playoff Berth (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:28:53 GMT)

    Al Horford scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague had 24 points and 13 assists and the Atlanta Hawks clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season, beating the Toronto Raptors 107-88 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Newsday] J. R. Smith scores 35 as Knicks beat Grizzlies for sixth straight win (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:30:14 EDT)

    The Knicks played the first half of last night's game as if it was November all over again. It proved to be just enough to beat the Grizzlies.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Notes: Knicks claim NBA's longest streak (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:29:18 EDT)

    Kenyon Martin had an interesting reaction to the news that the Heat’s 27-game winning streak ended on Wednesday night against the Bulls: He clapped.
    “It’s cool. It was going to go down at some time, so we’ll take it,” Martin said after the Knicks beat the Grizzlies, 108-101, to win their sixth straight game. “We’ve got to keep this thing going around here.”
    The Knicks now have the longest winning streak in the NBA. If the Heat had continued their dominance, they would have had a chance to win No.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] Knicks mastering steal-and-score strategy (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:23:10 EDT)

    Perimeter defense and transition scoring.
    That has been the Knicks’ mix during their six-game winning streak, while playing smaller ball with Kenyon Martin at starting center, Tyson Chandler injured and Marcus Camby hardly seeing the court.
    On Wednesday night, the team continued that effective game plan against the Grizzlies and won their sixth in a row, fueled by nine steals and 10 fast-break points. In fact, during their recent successful stretch, the Knicks have been averaging 10 steals per game (second-best in the NBA) and 11.

  • [ESPN.com – New York Knicks] The Incredible J.R. Smith (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:42:21 EDT)

    There’s good J.R. Smith, bad J.R. Smith and then there’s the J.R. Smith we saw on Wednesday night: incredible.
    The New York Knicks’ sixth man exploded for 35 points on 10-for-18 shooting to lead the ‘Bockers to a 108-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, their sixth straight.
    “I don’t know what he’s eating for breakfast or dinner or whatever it is but we need him to keep doing it,” teammate Kenyon Martin said. “He’s putting us on his back.”
    Smith’s game against the Grizzlies comes on the heels of an efficient 32-point night against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, putting his two-game total at 67 points.

  • [New York Post] Blown lead shows you can’t trust them yet (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:07:14 -0500)

    The Knicks probably haven’t played a better half all season than they did during the first half last night against the Grizzlies. Playing tough aggressive defense and displaying good ball movement on offense, the Knicks built a 30-point lead before settling for a 69-41 advantage at the break.
    Blowout…

  • [New York Post] Hold off Grizz, now own NBA’s longest win streak (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:22:05 -0500)

    Guess who has the longest winning streak in the NBA? Yes, it’s the Knicks.
    On the night Miami’s 27-game winning streak crashed in Chicago, the Knicks’ winning streak rolled to six straight. J.R. Smith went on another rampage, scoring 35 points as the Knicks knocked off Memphis…

  • [New York Post] Once again, J.R. shoots lights out (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:59:09 -0500)

    You have heard it all before â?? like a half dozen times in the past two weeks, like twice in the past two days. A change has come over J.R. Smith. He is driving the ball more. He is rebounding more. He is defending. Oh, he’s still shooting and…

  • [New York Post] Stoudemire’s rehab talk irks Woodson (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:57:51 -0500)

    Amar’e Stoudemire is not only rehabbing but promoting his documentary and it seems to have rankled Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
    Stoudemire has made a couple of TV appearances in the last two days in which he said his rehab is going well. Stoudemire is holding a press call today…

  • [New York Post] Mourners: Ray Williams was â??special’ person (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:56:52 -0500)

    The same reason he became poverty stricken after a 10-year NBA career was the same reason Ray Williams, the former Knick and Mount Vernon great who passed away on Friday after a bout with colon cancer, was so beloved.
    “He understood we are obligated to our fellow human beings to…