My apologies. I thought that the game was later tonight. The Knicks apparently thought so, too.
Luckily, JR hit that huge three. Let’s go Knicks!
The Knicks pulled to a game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
On Thursday, Dallas faces the Los Angeles Clippers, who have beaten the Mavericks three times this season in close games.
Chris Kaman had 28 points along with 17 rebounds while starting at center for the vertigo-stricken Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks scored 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Phoenix’ Suns’ six-game winning streak with a 115-99 victory Sunday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points in his third game back from injury and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to three games with a 105-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.
J.R. Smith scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony added 19 points and nine rebounds and the New York Knicks moved within one game of the final playoff spot by beating the undermanned Golden State Warriors 89-84 on Sunday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points in his third game back from injury and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to three games with a 105-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.
The Cavaliers edged closer to the Hawks for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth, and the Pacers’ lead over the Heat for the No. 1 seed was cut to one game.
The Nets improved their home winning streak to 13 games, matching a franchise high, after grinding out a 114-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his career-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls held off the slumping Boston Celtics 107-102 on Sunday night.
They have gone from disappointment to dominant, a team that was booed on its home floor and now rarely loses there.
DeMar DeRozan had 28 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors escaped with a 98-93 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
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The Knicks pulled within one game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with Sunday’s gritty win over Golden State.But according to one metric, you shouldn’t get too excited about their playoff chances.The Hollinger Playoff Odds on ESPN.com state that the Knicks have just a seven-percent chance of making the postseason. Hollinger’s NBA Playoff Odds are based on the John Hollinger Power Rankings, which measure a team’s performance to date.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Are the New York Knicks allowed to have heroes? In a season rife with disappointment, it’s difficult to credit anyone. Their 89-84 victory over the shorthanded Golden State Warriors may well have epitomized this no-winners-even-when-they-win dynamic. The Knicks beat a playoff team, bringing them within a game of the free-falling, eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks.That’s a welcome result this late in the season, but it arrived after terrible fourth-quarter execution brought them to the brink of disaster.
Buckle up, Knicks fans. New York is one game behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with eight games to go. The Knicks find themselves in this position thanks to a gutsy road win in Oakland on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony scored four crucial points in the final 90 seconds, and the Knicks’ defense came up with several key stops in the closing minutes to seal the win. Give New York credit for bouncing back from one of its worst games of the season — a brutal loss on Friday in Phoenix — with a strong performance against a tough Golden State team.
The Knicks' perimeter defense has been dismal all season, but when they needed a potentially season-saving stop Sunday night, they got it.
It was one of those rare games when the Knicks were at their best when Carmelo Anthony was on the bench. But on a night when both the Knicks and Golden State Warriors were inept offensively, Anthony came through in the final two minutes as the Knicks moved to within one game of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 89-84 victory.
Mark Jackson believes his former club can be a dangerous eighth seed — if they get in, of course — because of Carmelo Anthony. “You have a home run hitter in your lineup and a you have a guy that can win games single-handedly and a guy that makes everyone around him better,” said Jackson, whose Warriors hosted the Knicks on Sunday.
|Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -4Somehow it has gone unreported that Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) has been working night shifts in the Knicks’ analytics department. As much as a feckless traveling violation in the fourth quarter served as a sad encapsulation of where Amar’e is at physically, there were a couple of seminal moment–a freight train-like offensive rebound and one-handed throw down, followed by a death stare to the Warriors’ bench, one of the Knicks’ three field goals in the final period. A blissful, albeit brief, escape from reality, where STAT failed to help onto Steph Curry in the right corner on a game-tying three. Any time you can lock down Jermaine O’Neal sixteen feet from the rim you’ve got to do it. Oh, and the last time he snaggled 13 rebounds in a game, Dwight Howard was hanging around at the Epcot Center. By that I mean he was playing in Orlando. Dwight probably still likes to visit Epcot from time to time.|
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 34 MIN | 7-21 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -14Foul trouble heavily handcuffed his first half, clearing the path for the bench to make a run in his absence. When the inevitable Dubs run arrived in the fourth and the Knicks tensed up on offense, the clock struck ISO-MELO. He didn’t have his finest evening at the box office, and was expertly suffocated by Andre Iguodala on one of the final possessions (leading to a shotclock violation), but it was neatly disguised by the work of the secondary lineup. More importantly: this game represents the first time in over two weeks that Anthony has played under 35 minutes.|
|Tyson Chandler, C 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1Chandler, as has been case all season, drifted in and out of this one. The Warriors were without David Lee and Andrew Bogut, so he was primarly tasked with shutting down the Ace of Speights and the artist formerly known as Jermaine O’Neal. Maybe he felt such pedestrian duties were beneath him or something, but last year, when facing an equally shorthanded Golden State frontcourt, he grabbed 27 rebounds This was not as good as that. An alley courtesy of his stoutly-shaped teammate and a two-handed jam that eviscerated O’Neal were pleasant surprises in the third.|
|Raymond Felton, PG 28 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1The Venn diagram doesn’t display a great deal of overlap between Ray Felton and Steph Curry (or at least it didn’t before somebody ate it). Another night of curious passing and anonymous defense, with an arbitrary airballed floater to boot. On the plus side: until SportVU officially starts to track the category, let’s agree that Felton leads the league in assists after crawling/bumbling and stumbling. A back-tap/scoop out for a Timmy treble drove a stake in the heart of the Warriors’ aspirations in the second stanza.|
|J.R. Smith, SG 42 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +10Second quarter scoreline: Earl Smith III 14, Golden State 12. As we saw on Friday night, no one can really say for sure how long this window of “Good J.R.” will last. As Winston Churchill once said, “J.R. Smith is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” It was fun to see a few aggressive drives to the basket weaved into the usual arsenal of step-backs and off-the-bounce heaves. Make yourself comfortable, Good J.R., stay a while.|
|Shannon Brown, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2“What the… That’s it! Einhorn is Finkle! Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man!” Shannon Brown is DEFENSE! DEFENSE IS SHANNON BROWN! Shannon Brown, sent into the game by St. Phil (who was hovering in the rafters of the Oracle via astral projection), stepped in and saved the day with a steal on the final possession of the game. Two points and a steal in under a minute of playing time. I, for one, welcome our new “Shannon Brown: Defensive Stopper” overlord.|
|Pablo Prigioni, PG 20 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +4Prigs was back to his pesky best, canning a couple of threes and orchestrating the offense with aplomb during the key second quarter stretch. Why he (and others) were pulled from the game in favor of the ghastly Felton-THJ-Smith-Anthony-STAT quintet remains a mystery. The combination of steady defense and level-headed floor general-ing is only part of what makes Pablo so valuable. 45.7% 3PT shooting helps, too.|
|Iman Shumpert, SG 26 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +12Fourteen points over his previous four games (including tonight). Remember that time when Shumpert netted 53 points in a two-games span in Texas? No? Did I make that up? Oh, well. Shump is Shump, and the stereotypically gritty, wary, deliberate defense was there again tonight (save for an instance in which he too decided it was a good idea to help one pass away from Steph Curry). I wonder if he’s learned a thing or two since our friend Shannon Brown came on board?|
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +15The fourth quarter of a tight game with postseason consequences is not always the ideal time for a nap, Rook. Leaving Klay Thompson on an island for an uncontested trey was the most glaring example of an evening of questionable defensive choices. It wasn’t all bad, though. You’ve got to admire his wildly unabashed confidence, both on the break and from distance. It’s nice to have an offensive spark plug to throw into the works from time to time — if utilized correctly.|
Well, the other night I said that the Knicks had to have a winning record on this West Coast trip to have a real shot at catching the Hawks for the #8 seed. So while the Phoenix loss was horrible, so long as they win tonight they will likely (hopefully?) have a winning record on this trip and they’ll have a real chance (the weird thing is that the Hawks are playing so poorly that even if the Knicks lose tonight, there’s no guarantee that the Knicks won’t still be right in the thick of the “race” for the 8th seed even if they lose tonight, tomorrow, etc. etc.).
So yeah, please, Knicks, the Warriors have no David Lee. They have no Andrew Bogut. Just beat them, please!
Let’s go Knicks!
As this game was a meeting of two former Mike D’Antoni-orchestrated “Seven Seconds or Less” squads, and the Knicks are regular committers of all manner of defensive sins, it seemed fitting to call in the services of Detectives William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and David Mills (Brad Pitt) of Se7en fame. Oh, and, during a timeout early in the evening, a Suns fan calmly banked in (no pun intended) a half-court jumper for ownership of a cool $77,777 cheque.
|Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 30 MIN | 8-16 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | -27“It’s impressive to see a man feeding off his emotions.” – Somerset
1. When one watches Phoenix’s pogo-stick pivot, Miles Plumee, soaring to the rim in transition for a reverse alley-oop jam, it evokes all kinds of Stoudemire-related sads.
2. It’s heart-warming to see him starting game after game once again, and Amar’e continues to have efficient offensive outings, yet, it means next to nothing.
3. The Knicks are disadvantaged by roughly ten points per 100 possessions when Amar’e is grouped with Anthony and Hardaway Jr. This three-man lineup was plugged into the game in the midst of Mike Woodson’s rescue efforts.
4. After knocking in an eighteen-footer and being clipped on the elbow by Channing Frye, STAT gestured the “count the basket,” symbol. This, as the team was down 29 early in the third quarter.
5. Stoudemire is not especially on board with the idea of passing the ball on offense, of late.
6. Amar’e had been 1-2 as a starter against the Phoenix Suns.
|Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 MIN | 8-20 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | -23“Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.” – Somerset
7. Carmelo played the first fifteen minutes of this game, without a break.
8. Fatigue has loomed over Anthony’s season.
9. Despite the Knicks failing to be within single digits for the entirety of the second half, Melo played 40 minutes.
10. An anomalous 40% from the field and 60% at the line isn’t going to propel this supporting cast within reach of anything significant.
11. Melo only managed to get to the line five times, two below his season average.
12. Mike Woodson elected to continue to flog the proverbial dead horse, only yanking Anthony from the game in the latter half of the final period.
13. Melo had averaged 40 minutes of playing time over the last two, and this was the Knicks’ third game in five nights.
14. Mike Woodson has ridden Carmelo Anthony into the ground – but will not throw him under the bus.
|Tyson Chandler, C 29 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -21“Wanting people to listen, you can’t just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you’ll notice you’ve got their strict attention.” – John Doe
15. Eric Bledsoe blocked Chandler in the second quarter.
16. Markieff Morris also blocked him, in the third quarter.
17. He went 0-4 with a -24 and more fouls than points through the first three quarters. Is that good?
18. Slowly but surely, “2011 Tyson Chandler” is drifting further and further away from our collective consciousness.
19. He decided to get involved in a scuffle with Markieff Morris, because why not?
20. The lead was a flattering 19pts at that stage.
21. And, of course, Chandler picked up the obligatory technical for his troubles.
22. I’m not going to sit here and say that Tyson Chandler played well.
23. If Chandler’s visible displeasure, murmurings and passing remarks about being “out-schemed,” weren’t enough of an indicator of his Woodson-related frustrations, watch this game.
24. Even with hints and spurts of a possible revival, ultimately, his play has vacillated from DPOY to an apathetic, rebel-without-a-cause defensive figure. Sigh.
25. Miles Plumlee had five more rebounds than Tyson Chandler, albeit in six fewer minutes on court.
|Raymond Felton, PG 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | -26“This isn’t going to have a happy ending.” – Somerset
26. Raymond Felton is the starting point guard for the Knicks.
27. In basketball, the point guard is responsible for establishing the offense, controlling the flow of the game, and involving teammates. So, yeah.
28. For a short while, it looked as if Bledsoe and Dragic were going to score ALL OF THE POINTS.
29. Goran Dragic toyed with the portly point guard, including 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting (three from downtown) in the first quarter.
30. In very Knicksian fashion, a fast break opportunity (in the third quarter) ended with Felton being called for a travel after taking it to the basket for a one-on-three.
31. Felton sunk an and-one floater early in the third. Fuel to the floater-friendly fire.
32. Felton demonstratively displayed his dismay at a hand-checking foul call with 9mins left in the third. By his count, he has never been correctly adjudged to have fouled an opponent. All 1449 career fouls were mistakes.
33. Dragic copped a nasty cut to the eye and was clobbered on more than one occasion on the evening.
34. Dragic finished with 32pts on 5-9 3FG shooting.
35. Dragic, unfortunately, does not play for the Knicks.
36. Raymond Felton is a big part of what we do here.
37. Four assists on the night for Raymond Felton. Also: four turnovers, and four personal fouls.
38. The Knicks’ backcourt defense conceded a total of 48 points and seven 3PM to the Suns’ starting guards.
|J.R. Smith, SG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -37“It’s more comfortable for you to label me as insane.” – John Doe
39. J.R. Smith finished a -37 in 31 minutes of court time.
40. Earl scored 10pts in the first stanza, including two threes. After this, it was all downhill.
41. J.R. Smith finished a -37 in 31 minutes of court time.
42. Three turnovers and zero assists for the Knicks’ enigma.
43. J.R. Smith finished a -37 in 31 minutes of court time.
44. This is now Smith’s worst +/- on the season, “besting” a -32 from the Christmas Day loss to OKC.
45. He could not follow up his franchise record-tying 9 3PM from the win in Sacramento with another franchise record.
46. J.R. Smith finished a -37 in 31 minutes of court time.
|Jeremy Tyler, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 047. Jeremy Tyler has unequivocally been demoted to the role of “participant” in the garbage time barbershop quartet of Aldrich, Murry, Tyler, and Brown.
48. Shavlik Randolph had two points and three rebounds in 3 minutes, trumping Tyler’s three minutes.
|Cole Aldrich, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +549. Travel to “Cole World” was strictly limited to the final six minutes.
50. Cole Aldrich miraculously assembled a tidy +5 – only that it was restricted to five minutes of floor time.
51. The Knicks have the league-leader for defensive rebound percentage (Aldrich, 31.4%) but couldn’t find ten minutes to squeeze him into the rotation.
52. Cole Aldrich(’s playing time) has been kicked to the curb.
|Shannon Brown, PG 5 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +353. “Defensive stopper” by default, Shannon Brown, didn’t enter the game until garbage time.
54. Any chance of a Shannon Brown revenge game narrative was thus erased.
55. Shannon Brown attempted five field goals.
56. Shannon Brown is an active member of the Knicks’ roster.
|Pablo Prigioni, PG 20 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -1“I just don’t think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.” – Somerset
57. Pablo is nearly 37 years old. Eric Bledsoe is not.
58. Prior to tonight, New York was 8-19 in games where Prigioni dished out three or fewer assists.
59. Pablo hoisted (and made) a three in transition. This may or may have been the highlight of the night for the Knicks.
60. For entertainment, a tricky touch pass to Amar’e (that led to free throws) closely followed that three. In the fourth quarter. When the Knicks were down 19.
61. The lightning-bolt-in-a-bottle duo of Dragic & Bledsoe is very near the worst possible defensive assignment for Prigioni.
|Iman Shumpert, SG 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1“What’s in the box?” – Mills
62. There were no extra clues dispensed in the ongoing mystery of what happened to Iman Shumpert’s soul.
63. A solitary corner three summarized Shumpert’s offensive contributions.
64. Even with J.R. Smith’s misfiring, erratic arsenal, and a blowout scenario for the bulk of the game, Shumpert could not get more than 26 minutes of burn.
65. It’s okay, though, because Shumpert is a “big,” guard, and TRIANGLE. Holding out hope that games like tonight are not the kerosene onto the flaming, nail-ridden coffin that is Shumpert’s confidence.
66. Shump has now scored 11 points (total) over the past three games.
67. A decently nifty defensive outing on Shumpert’s behalf was buried deeply beneath the muck of the rest of the team’s performance.
|Toure’ Murry, SG 5 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +368. Confirmation that Toure’ Murry does indeed still exist. Unfortunately, confirmation didn’t arrive until the result was well and truly decided.
69. Toure’ Murry has not played more than six minutes in any game since February 28.
70. Toure’ Murry’s headband was unable to provide any additional luck.
71. It’s okay to (quietly) admit if you forgot Murry was once a part of the rotation.
|Tim Hardaway Jr., SG 21 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +5“Did the kid see it?” – Somerset
72. Hardaway Jr.’s shots were not falling.
73. Hardaway Jr. does not appear to play defense.
74. The combination of being trigger-happy and off-target doesn’t tend to bode well against one of the league’s best transition teams.
75. This game was the eleventh time in the rook’s campaign that he has launched at least five three-pointers while shooting 20% or below from that range.
76. 2-11 is not a productive night of shooting the basketball.
77. THJ entered this game in the desert having converted just 31.9% of his three-point attempts over his last ten.
Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns is pivotal for the New York Knicks’ playoff chances.A win moves the Knicks within one game of the Hawks in the race for eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoffs.A loss leaves them two games back of the Hawks with nine to play. In order to walk out of the desert with a win, the Knicks will probably have to do something they haven’t had much success with this season: stop the opposing team’s backcourt players.
Philadelphia equaled the N.B.A. record for consecutive losses by falling at Houston by 22 points.
Chris Paul scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-103 on Thursday night.
After the Philadelphia 76ers tied an NBA record with their 26th consecutive loss, one of their youngest voices spoke loudest.
Portland coach Terry Stotts and his staff were having an informal meeting in the hallway outside their locker room when LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a postgame TV interview.
Brandon Knight scored 30 points, Ramon Sessions added 22 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-105 on Thursday night to break an eight-game losing streak.
Though diminished by injuries, Amar’e Stoudemire is still standing as he tries to help the Knicks make the N.B.A. playoffs.
The conversation between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson on Tuesday was brief and rather general in nature. The Knicks’ two power brokers didn’t talk about the future and the words “max contract” never came up.
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