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Knicks Morning News (Monday, Apr 29 2013)

  • [New York Times] Celts Top Knicks 97-90 in OT, Avoid Playoff Sweep (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:45:49 GMT)
    The reeling Boston Celtics needed a spark of optimism and a surge of offense to keep their season going.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Finish Off Lakers Sweep, Roll to 2nd Round (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:30:55 GMT)
    Tony Parker could only shake his head at the travails of the Los Angeles Lakers, who probably packed more drama and turmoil into this season than the Spurs point guard has experienced in his entire career with steady San Antonio.    

  • [New York Times] James Leads Heat Over Bucks and Into Next Round (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:28:08 GMT)
    After getting treatment “around the clock” for two days, Dwyane Wade tested his aching right knee in warm-ups before Game 4.    

  • [New York Times] Curry Leads Warriors Past Denver 115-101 in Game 4 (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:18:44 GMT)
    His star point guard slowed by a sore left ankle, Warriors coach Mark Jackson told Stephen Curry in the first half he might shut him down for the rest of the game.    

  • [New York Times] Highlights of Sunday’s NBA Playoffs Games (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:15:28 GMT)
    Heat 88, Bucks 77    

  • [New York Times] Highlights of Sunday’s NBA Playoffs Games (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:57:37 GMT)
    Heat 88, Bucks 77    

  • [New York Times] Roundup: N.B.A. Playoffs â?? Heat Sweep as Dwyane Wade Sits and LeBron James Scores 30 (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:30:35 GMT)
    LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points in a victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee, setting up a second-round series with the Nets or Bulls. Dwyane Wade rested a sore right knee.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Must Dig Deep to Stay With Bulls (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:21:00 GMT)
    In the wake of their Game 4 loss in triple overtime, the Nets are seeking what they have been missing at times this season: mental toughness and physical play inside. The Bulls lead the series, 3-1.    

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: N.B.A. Playoffs â?? Knicks Hit Bump on Road to Round 2 (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:22:44 GMT)
    The Knicks fought their way back from 20 points down on Sunday, but failed to put away the Celtics while playing without the suspended J.R. Smith.    

  • [New York Times] Spurs Finish 4-Game Sweep, Routing Lakers 103-82 (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:18:38 GMT)
    For four straight games, the San Antonio Spurs showed off all the teamwork and tenacity that the Los Angeles Lakers lacked all season long.    

  • [New York Times] Celtics Defiant in Avoiding Sweep by Knicks (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:01:06 GMT)
    The Celtics on Sunday looked nothing like the squad that had been pushed around by the Knicks in Games 1, 2 and 3.    

  • [New York Times] Game 4: Knicks vs. Celtics (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 01:43:24 GMT)
    The Celtics blew a 19-point lead, but Jason Terry scored Boston’s final 9 points in overtime to deliver a victory and force a Game 5.    

  • [New York Times] Game 4: Celtics 97, Knicks 90 (OT): Jason Terry Jabs Knicks as Celtics Stay Alive (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:59:43 GMT)
    Jason Terry, who was struck by J. R. Smith in Game 3, leading to Smith’s suspension, helped the Celtics avoid a sweep and send the series back to New York.    

  • [New York Daily News] Melo can’t shoot Knicks past Celtics (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:28:52 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony kept shooting and shooting, determined to earn his first career playoff sweep and put away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce once and for all. The problem, however, was that the more Melo shot, the more Melo missed.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Suspended Smith hurts Knicks (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:25:38 GMT)
    Maybe now J.R. Smith will think twice about swinging an elbow at an opponent in a playoff battle. This was the best way for Smith to learn his lesson: The hard way, with the Knicks missing him dearly.    

  • [New York Daily News] Felton fills void for Knicks (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 04:04:24 GMT)
    The Knicks needed someone to fill the scoring void left by suspended sixth man of the year J.R. Smith. Enter Raymond Felton. The Knicks’ point guard continued his stellar play in the playoffs by scoring 16 of his 27 points during a furious Knicks comeback in the third quarter Sunday, but it wasn’t enough in a 97-90 overtime loss to the Celtics in Game 4 at TD Garden.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Woodson avoids comment on J.R. (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 04:01:16 GMT)
    Paul Pierce wasted little time tweaking the Knicks after the Celtics narrowly avoided a sweep.”I already called my friends in New York yesterday telling them I’d be there for dinner,â? Pierce said following Boston’s 97-90 Game 4 victory.    

  • [New York Daily News] Terry strikes back, hero for Celtics in Game 4 (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:36:16 GMT)
    Jason Terry had to be restrained from taking a run at J.R. Smith one game earlier, but he had a different kind of fight in mind on Sunday.    

  • [New York Post] Anthony & Co. fail to finish off Celts in OT (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:00:46 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? J.R. Smith was suspended and not permitted inside the TD Garden yesterday. Carmelo Anthony’s jump shot was suspended, too, lost in some mysterious twilight zone.
    Like Smith, Anthony failed to show up and the Knicks failed to sweep the Celtics.
    Almost everyone but Anthony stepped up in…

  • [New York Post] Melo’s shooting sinks Knicks (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:41:44 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? The Carmelo Anthony bashers can have at it this time all they want, they can come out of the woodwork in force, they can call him an overrated ballhog, they can call him Little Anthony, whatever they please, because he gave them the green light yesterday keeping the Celtics…

  • [New York Post] KG hits all his talking points (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:35:54 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? With elimination in the air, there had been a lot of talk about pride, averting a sweep and playing the right way. The Celtics spoke of the championship banners that block out the ceiling of their gym.
    “Instead of talking, we actually came out and did it. There wasn…

  • [New York Post] Terry’s OT effort gives Celtics hope (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:35:54 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Jason Terry was on the receiving end of J.R. Smith’s boneheaded Game 3 elbow. That was just one reason Terry and the rest of the Celtics, facing elimination, were ticked at the Knicks. Terry stressed being angry was one thing, doing something about it was another.
    Yesterday…

  • [New York Post] Missing J.R., bench fails to deliver (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:35:54 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? With Pablo Prigioni out in Game 1, Jason Kidd was terrific. He logged 35 minutes, scored eight points and racked up three fourth-quarter steals.
    Yesterday the Knicks were again missing one of their key guards â?? J.R. Smith because of a one-game suspension. Kidd again played heavy minutes; however…

  • [New York Post] PG keys Knicks rally in 2nd half (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:35:54 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? J.R. Smith may have been suspended for Game 4, but Raymond Felton was a fine impersonator.
    With Smith sitting yesterday after his one-game suspension, Felton was sensational in the Knicks’ 97-90 overtime loss at TD Garden. The point guard scored 27 points, including 16 in the third quarter…

  • [New York Post] Woodson puts DNP on â??Cope’ (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:35:54 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Mike Woodson’s mysterious handling of rookie Chris Copeland took on another level yesterday.
    With J.R. Smith out because of his one-game suspension, it was the perfect opportunity to let Copeland and his dreadlocks roam free on the parquet. Instead, Copeland, a Knicks fan favorite but occasionally a…

  • [New York Post] Knicks can’t sweep parquet floor, inviting ghost of another 3-0 NY-Boston series (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:55:15 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Afterward, the Celtics spoke about the burden that lies heavy on the Knicks’ shoulders, which is exactly what they should have done. That’s the price of history, after all, the permanent tax incurred by what happened on other fields, in that other sport, almost nine years ago.
    “All…

  • [New York Post] Rivers recalls Starks’ head-butt in ’93 playoffs (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:54:50 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Celtics coach Doc Rivers witnessed two of the flat out dumbest moves in Knicks playoff history â?? J.R. Smith’s suspension-arning elbow Friday and John Starks’ infamous 1993 head-butt on Reggie Miller â?? from both sides and 20 years apart.
    Rivers was Starks’ teammate against Indiana in 1993 when after…

  • [New York Post] Knicks: Tip in (Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:44:48 -0500)
    HERO

    With the game tied at 88 and 1:33 remaining in overtime, Jason Terry poured in nine points in 93 seconds, starting with a pull-up 3 that put Boston ahead 91-88. The Celtics’ sixth man single-handedly outscored the Knicks in OT, 9-6.
    ZERO

    In the final 3-plus minutes of…

  • 15 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Monday, Apr 29 2013)

    1. thenamestsam

      Plenty else to talk about today in Knicksland, but congratulations to Jason Collins. Makes me very happy to know that bridge has finally been crossed.

    2. Frank O.

      Honestly, the Celtics win yesterday was as hollow as it gets.
      In fact, the Celtics’ win felt so much like some of the Knicks upset victories in recent years. They made so many mistakes, missed so many open scoring chances, played so poorly on their defensive glass.
      The Celtics simply left the door wide, wide open for the Knicks to take that game. One less flawed Melo foul shot and the Knicks win.
      But truly, Melo’s play was horrid. He has days when the hoop seems as wide as Broadway at 4 a.m. Yesterday, it was like the eye-hole of a needle.
      Not sure why Woodson didn’t adjust. When the Knicks ran a small team with Kmart at center, they simply took back the game. Ray was hot, and the ball moved freely. And why so many jumpers with the Celts front line in foul trouble? Why wasn’t Melo and Ray just going to the paint over and over? Seemed obvious.

      The Celtics D is very good, but they lack firepower and play making. I expect the Knicks will win game five by 20. I expect JR, chastened, will have one of his best games as a Knick and Melo will play within the offense.

      I am troubled, tho, by what happens to Melo when teams play him physically. The Celtics pound him and he gets frustrated. First he complains to refs, then he starts pulling up a lot, and when he does drive, it is reckless and seemingly desperate.
      If Melo’s game has a weakness, it is the mental game. He has shown improvement, but teams do get into his head.
      Yesterday he reverted.

    3. alsep73

      ess-dog:
      This is great to see. Collins needs every fan’s support now. He’s a brave dude.

      Very proud of Collins. This had to happen, and he was the one who did it.

      Now the question is whether he’s in the NBA next season. There are legitimate basketball reasons for why a guy of his age and with his limited skillset wouldn’t be guaranteed a job at 34. And even if you have a team like Golden State where the home fans would go nuts for him, do you want your 12th man (if that) to be getting so much attention, be it positive or negative?

      I hope some team signs him, just so the next athlete thinking of coming out (esp if he’s another borderline journeyman like Collins) doesn’t back off as a result.

    4. ephus

      I understand what alsep73 is saying, but I think that Collins would have a job at some point next season, all things being equal. He is (has been) and will be a strong post defender. That skill alone kept Mutombo in the league until he was 43 (and probably he is really much older than that). So long as he can get up and down the court and keep pace with the game, he has value.

    5. elikint

      Frank O.:

      If Melo’s game has a weakness, it is the mental game. He has shown improvement, but teams do get into his head.
      Yesterday he reverted.

      Well put. Main takeaways:
      We have to improve late game strategy — all the more reason to end the series so we focus on that in practice
      JR’s antics might decrease his value slightly
      Novak is done (key loose ball foul at end)
      Chandler making nice progress
      Inspiring run back from 20 down
      Home crowd should fire em up.

    6. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Juany8: Lol yea I’m sure Kosta Koufos and javale McGee would do a fantastic job of stopping curry from raining 3?s on them. Funny how it’s never brought up that Karl was Anthony’s coach all those years they lost in the first round. And melo never lost to a team with a worse record.

      Jon as far as David lee goes, the warriors aren’t better without lee, they’re just better with only a healthy bogut than only a healthy Lee. It’s not like any of the nuggets big men can actually guard anything, even amar’e would be a defensive upgrade over Kenneth Faried lol. It’ll be a bigger deal in the next round since golden state doesn’t have a prayer of keeping up with San Antonio’s small lineup, so it would have been nice to force them to play splitter. If bogut, curry, and lee stay healthy this golden state team is dangerous next year

      http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/2013/04/28/rapid-reaction-game-4-denver-nuggets-101-golden-state-warriors-115-gsw-lead-3-1/

      Read the comments. Karl had Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried playing center. For more than half of the game.

      And somehow this doesn’t matter? Wilson Chandler. Playing center. In the playoffs. A position he (according to nearly every critical comment on that page) hadn’t played all season. And he’s playing it. In a playoff game.

      This is the death knell of WP48? lololololol

    7. Juany8

      The Honorable Cock Jowles: http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/2013/04/28/rapid-reaction-game-4-denver-nuggets-101-golden-state-warriors-115-gsw-lead-3-1/

      Read the comments. Karl had Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried playing center. For more than half of the game.

      And somehow this doesn’t matter? Wilson Chandler. Playing center. In the playoffs. A position he (according to nearly every critical comment on that page) hadn’t played all season. And he’s playing it. In a playoff game.

      This is the death knell of WP48? lololololol

      Javale McGee is a net -8 this series, while Koufos is a -26. When your argument relies on bad centers playing more minutes, it’s a laughable argument. Nuggets are playing people out of position because they realize they stand no chance of covering golden state on the perimeter. Unless you think Kosta Koufos would help prevent 3 point looks more than Wilson chandler. Maybe you should stop supporting a stat that calls massive defense liabities “stars”. These massive defensive liabities tend to get benched in the playoffs….

    8. The Honorable Cock Jowles

      Juany8: Javale McGee is a net -8 this series, while Koufos is a -26. When your argument relies on bad centers playing more minutes, it’s a laughable argument. Nuggets are playing people out of position because they realize they stand no chance of covering golden state on the perimeter. Unless you think Kosta Koufos would help prevent 3 point looks more than Wilson chandler. Maybe you should stop supporting a stat that calls massive defense liabities “stars”. These massive defensive liabities tend to get benched in the playoffs….

      Are you using simple +/- to make your point? Come on, dude.

      Are you also saying that interior defense does not help perimeter defense? I thought that everything was synergistic. Wouldn’t having a 7′ center with huge arms make it easier for guards to stay closer to the arc?

      Come the fuck on with this horseplay. You have a 6’8″ combo forward playing significant minutes at center against a 7′ center. Come on. Are you kidding. I seriously can’t tell if you’re kidding. You think leaving your centers on the bench is a good strategy in the halfcourt-dominated playoffs. Because one of them is a lanky white guy who’s not playing well and the other is a tremendously bad decision-maker. What.

      What. Dude. Are you kidding.

    9. Juany8

      My point is that if you have to play crappy players in the playoffs just so you can have a nominal center, then you’re not a very good team and it’s not surprising that you’re losing. What you seem to be missing is that Denver was supposed to dominate golden state. Instead the series has gone the other way around. That says to me that Denver is not a very good team, not that Karl needs to play people who haven’t played well to begin.

      So to be as clear and concise as possible: if the answer to your problem is that you need to play more javale McGee, you don’t have an answer to your problem. It would be like trying to fix a sinking ship with duct tape, you’re still gonna sink afterwards, just maybe a little more slowly.

    10. nicos

      The Honorable Cock Jowles:
      Come the fuck on with this horseplay. You have a 6’8? combo forward playing significant minutes at center against a 7? center. Come on. Are you kidding. I seriously can’t tell if you’re kidding. You think leaving your centers on the bench is a good strategy in the halfcourt-dominated playoffs. Because one of them is a lanky white guy who’s not playing well and the other is a tremendously bad decision-maker. What.

      I’d agree that playing McGee and hoping you get lucky and he makes enough good plays to counteract all the bone-headed things he does is their only hope at this point. That said, he is so awful defensively in any kind of high screen situation that you can see why Karl doesn’t want to play him. Maybe it’s go zone or go home for the Nuggets.

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