The reeling Boston Celtics needed a spark of optimism and a surge of offense to keep their season going.
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.
After getting treatment “around the clock” for two days, Dwyane Wade tested his aching right knee in warm-ups before Game 4.
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.
Heat 88, Bucks 77
Heat 88, Bucks 77
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.
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.
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.
For four straight games, the San Antonio Spurs showed off all the teamwork and tenacity that the Los Angeles Lakers lacked all season long.
The Celtics on Sunday looked nothing like the squad that had been pushed around by the Knicks in Games 1, 2 and 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
In the final 3-plus minutes of…