A comment posted from her Instagram account claimed that the New York Knicks player’s form on the court has suffered because “his ass be hungover from clubbing every night during playoffs.”
Desperate times call for desperate measures and with the Knicks on the brink of elimination, Mike Woodson redeemed himself from his brain freeze in Game 4 by pushing all the right buttons in the Knicks’ 85-75 Game 5 victory.
All night long you kept looking at the scoreboard after the Pacers had missed another free throw or made another turnover, and kept expecting to see the Knicks up by more than they were on the night when they were playing for their season. But they were not.
Chris Copeland has known his place on the veteran-laden Knicks throughout his long-awaited first NBA season. The dreadlocked 29-year-old rookie carries around a reminder of that status every day — a pink Disney princesses backpack.
J.R. Smith played a solid, even-keeled game Thursday night against the Pacers at the Garden, scoring 13 points with six rebounds and three steals in an 85-75 victory that kept the Knicks’ season alive in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
An elbow from Game 4 out in Indianapolis went a long way toward getting the Knicks back to the Circle City for one more basketball game on Saturday. Tyson Chandler threw it, George Hill caught it with his noggin and the Knicks used Hill’s absence on Thursday night to get a season-saving, 85-75 victory at the Garden.
Mike Woodson left no doubt that he was in full “win-or-go home” mode in Thursday’s elimination-avoiding Game 5 victory over Indiana. Woodson benched two of his most accomplished players, returning big man Amar’e Stoudemire and slumping guard Jason Kidd, for the entire second half of the Knicks’ 85-75 win at the Garden.
Kurt Thomas is undecided about whether to regain his title as the NBA’s oldest player next season. Thomas is recovering from right foot surgery and is two weeks from being off crutches. The 40-year-old is a free agent after the Knicks released him last month in order to add a player to the postseason roster.
The Knicks didn't enjoy their last trip to Indianapolis, but they are happy to be going back.
Everyone understood before the playoffs began that Carmelo Anthony would get much of the blame or much of the praise for how it all turned out. That includes Melo himself.
J.R. Smith's shots weren't falling. His team wasn't winning. And his famous former gal pal had taken to social media to talk about his drinking habits.
Chris Copeland, the Knicks' 29-year-old rookie, knows his role on this team — stay humble and stay ready. Reaching into a bag he brought with him to the interview room after the Knicks' 85-75 victory over the Pacers in Game 5 Thursday night, Copeland showed he has mastered the first part.
Jason Kidd and Amar'e Stoudemire were in very unfamiliar positions Thursday night. Both were spectators in the fourth quarter.
Mike Woodson has been trying too hard to search for answers offensively.He had Chris Copeland right there sitting behind him on the bench.After two losses in which the Knicks averaged 76.5 points, Woodson announced on Thursday that he would play Copeland more minutes in Game 5 to give the team a scoring boost. That’s just what “I Get Buckets” (Copeland’s nickname) did.Woodson initially called Copeland’s name at the start of the second quarter to replace Carmelo Anthony.
Brushing off allegations made by Rihanna about his excessive partying, J.R. Smith insisted on Thursday night that he has focused on basketball, not social media.”I’m not worried about Instagram, I’m worried about the playoffs,” Smith said after the New York Knicks’ Game 5 win over the Indiana Pacers. Smith faced a question about Rihanna on Thursday night after the pop star alleged on her Instagram account that Smith has been “hung over from clubbing every night during the playoffs.
The Knicks’ win Thursday gave them more than just a chance to play another day — it gave them confidence. “If any team can accomplish this, I feel like we can,” Tyson Chandler said. The “this” Chandler was referring to is winning a series after trailing 3-1. Only eight teams in NBA history have rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit. The Knicks, of course, took a major step toward adding their name to the list with an 85-75 Game 5 win. They still have a long way to go to complete the comeback, however.
J.R. Smith may not be out of his slump, but his performance in Game 5 against the Pacers last night was a step in the right direction.
Smith, who has been mired in a horrific shooting slump since his ejection in Game 3 of the Knicks’ first-round series against…
There is Cope! And hope.
The Knicks are taking this series back to Indiana — something coach Mike Woodson predicted yesterday morning in a bold “I’m-expecting-to-win” declaration.
Buoyed by ferociously physical defense, a bounce-back game from J.R. Smith, 28 points from Carmelo Anthony, a big second half from Raymond…
The Knicks can dream about doing this now. They can make history, become the ninth team to come all the way back from a 3-1 playoff deficit. All it takes is one game to change everything, one game from the heart, one do-or-die game where you do not die, one…
Raymond Felton battled for the rebound with two Pacers when Chris Copeland missed a 3-pointer with a few minutes left in the third quarter last night. And the 6-foot-1 Felton is not the Knick you’d expect to come up with the carom.
But it was Felton who relentlessly fought…
Mike Woodson abandoned Jason Kidd and Amar’e Stoudemire last night, and they’re not assured of getting back into the Knicks coach’s rotation.
In the Knicks’ 85-75 season-saving Game 5 win at the Garden, Woodson benched Kidd and Stoudemire for the entire second half. Kidd played a total…
They shot like cadavers. They missed 14 free throws. They committed 19 turnovers, seven in the fourth quarter. And yet the Pacers were down just four points with 6:42 remaining.
Still, all those self-inflicted sins were not the cause of the fuming in the Pacers’ locker room after they…
Chris Copeland, a training-camp long shot who spent part of the season lugging around a pink knapsack as part of rookie hazing, may turn into a very attractive piece on the free-agent market.
Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald likely hopes Copeland will be part of the team’s future plans…
Closing out the Knicks got harder for the Pacers. A lot harder. They had three shots. Now they have two. And they don’t know when — or if — they will have point guard George Hill.Hill was a late scratch last night when tests revealed he suffered a concussion from…
Carmelo Anthony made two jumpers to open the game, knowing it wouldn’t stay that easy.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs are back in the Western Conference finals for the second straight season with the same style that has carried them to four NBA titles.
The Sacramento Kings’ unsteady future finally seems to be settled.
Tim Duncan scored 19 points, and San Antonio eliminated injury-plagued Golden State in six games to advance to the Western Conference finals against Memphis.
The San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference finals after closing out the Golden State Warriors 94-82 in Game Six of their semi-final series on Thursday.
Slow at the start of the series and strong at the end, the San Antonio Spurs wore out the Golden State Warriors the way they have so many other opponents.
Carmelo Anthony provided the offense, Tyson Chandler the muscle and Chris Copeland the 3-point shooting in the Knicks’ win over the Pacers.
Pacers point guard George Hill sustained a concussion in the first half of Game 4 after a collision with Knicks center Tyson Chandler.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points as the Knicks staved off elimination by turning their defense up a notch and capitalizing on the Pacers’ mistakes and misfortune in Game 5.
J. R. Smith, winner of the N.B.A.’s Sixth Man of the Year award, has shot poorly in the Knicks-Pacers series, but showed signs of returning to form in Game 5.
Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said Chris Copeland would get playing time early in Game 5 against the Pacers, but Jason Kidd will also continue to play.
For the New York Knicks, it was about playing harder, even if not really much better.
Lost in the anger about Derrick Rose’s refusal to play is that many people blamed Rose’s A.C.L. tear last year on a premature return from other injuries. With that, caution makes sense.