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Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Apr 27 2013)

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Notebook: Chandler's improved health (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:57:34 EDT)
    BOSTON — After playing 20 minutes and then 22 in Games 1 and 2, a playing time progression seemed likely in Game 3 for the New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler, who recently had been battling conditioning issues since overcoming the flu.
    The upward climb continued on Friday night, as the starting center played 30 minutes and collected his most points (six) and rebounds (eight) in a game in the series, including two alley-oop finishes.
    “I felt better,” he said afterward.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Prigioni's relentless approach sets tone (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:34:49 EDT)
    BOSTON — Game 3 is just hours in the books, the Knicks comfortably up 3-0, but Pablo Prigioni is still putting in work.
    Back at the team hotel, the Knicks starting point guard isn’t laying low. He’s working with Dave Hancock, the team’s director of training and conditioning, to make sure his right ankle, which was recently sprained, feels even better.
    Mind you, on Friday night, Prigioni played 30 minutes, and he had one of his best games as a Knick, finishing with nine points (three 3-pointers) and a career-high five steals.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] J.R. could miss Game 4 after Flagrant 2 (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:22:36 EDT)
    BOSTON — The New York Knicks may have to take the floor in Game 4 without their sixth man.
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Friday’s win over the Boston Celtics because he hit Jason Terry in the face with an elbow.
    Smith was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul by officials and ejected from the game. The league will review the flagrant and can opt to suspend Smith. If he’s suspended, he will serve the suspension on Sunday.
    Per playoff rules, if Smith gets one more flagrant, it will trigger an automatic suspension.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Back Page: Submit your Knicks headline (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:21:22 EDT)
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  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Felton's fingerprints all over 3-0 lead (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:55:27 EDT)
    BOSTON — Jeremy who?
    That’s what most members of the Knick organization must be thinking after watching Raymond Felton play in the postseason.
    Felton has been one of the driving forces behind New York’s dominance of Boston. On Friday, he poured in 15 points and handed out 10 assists in the Knicks’ 14-point win. New York outscored Boston by 12 with Felton on the floor.
    “Not only is he making plays for himself, he’s been creating things for everybody else out there,” Carmelo Anthony said.

  • [New York Post] Knicks smother Celtics in Game 3 (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:32:28 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? The Celtics mystique didn’t matter last night. The 17 championship banners didn’t matter. The pomp and circumstance and ceremonial tributes didn’t matter, either. Neither did the parquet and raucous crowd.
    In fact, Boston fans booed at halftime and became quiet in the second half. Somewhere, Red…

  • [New York Post] Prigioni, Felton fuel Knicks (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:28:45 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Early in the third quarter last night, Jason Terry brought the ball up court with a chance to cut the Knicks’ game-long lead to 10.
    Pablo Prigioni stole the ball from him.
    And after the Knicks missed their shot on the offensive end, Prigioni grabbed the rebound to keep…

  • [New York Post] With no true point guard, Celtics’ attack sputters (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:23:35 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? When the final verse in this series is written, perhaps as soon as Sunday, on the 2012-13 Celtics playoffs, the cause of demise could be either of two entries: the Knicks defense, the Celtics’ lack of a true point guard.
    Go with the latter.
    In Games 1 and 2…

  • [New York Post] Smith ejected for flagrant elbow to Celtics guard (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:23:35 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? The Sixth Man Award didn’t prevent the referees from tossing J.R. Smith Friday night.
    Smith was ejected with 7:06 left of the Knicks 90-76 rout of the Celtics in Game 3 after getting Jason Terry with an elbow â?? the only ugly moment for coach Mike Woodson…

  • [New York Post] Ghosts of Garden past aren’t enough to scare this team (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:06:44 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Slowly, row by row, step by step, up the escalators and out the doors, they gave up the ghost, and gave up on the ghosts. The banners and the history were of no help. The crowd, energized and engaged, eager to carry the Celtics home after welcoming them home…

  • [New York Post] Melo on cusp of rare playoff plateau (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:57:42 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? The second round is almost here for Carmelo Anthony. Anthony’s playoff history has featured the high-scoring superstar forward making the postseason in each of his 10 NBA seasons. But in his first nine playoff appearances before this spring, his team only advanced out of the first round once…

  • [New York Post] Pierce’s struggles continue (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:57:01 -0500)
    BOSTON â?? Here was the perfect way to start the game for the Celtics: Paul Pierce under the basket for a layup. He missed. Kevin Garnett got the rebound. He missed. So Pierce rebounded and found Avery Bradley for a 3-point try. You didn’t think he was going to make…

  • [New York Post] Weighty issue: Chandler drops 10 pounds (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:56:14 -0500)
    Tyson Chandler told The Post he lost 10 pounds because of flu-like symptoms he sustained late in the regular season while he was rehabbing his neck injury.Chandler played below par in the first two games of the Knicks’ first-round series against the Celtics, and coach Mike Woodson blamed that…

  • [New York Post] Knicks: Tip ins (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 01:37:34 -0500)
    HERO

    Add Pablo Prigioni to the list of surprising New York playoff sports heroes. The Argentinian point guard was sensational in putting the Celtics on the brink last night, leading the Knicks to a 16-point halftime lead behind his nine points and four steals before the break.
    ZERO

    With his…

  • [New York Times] Depleted Lakers Routed by the Hot-Shooting Spurs (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 07:42:28 GMT)
    It was the worst possible combination for the Los Angeles Lakers as their injury-depleted line-up ran into a scintillating shooting display by the San Antonio Spurs in a lop-sided Game Three on Friday.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Roll to 3-0 Lead Over Celtics (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 07:24:59 GMT)
    When the New York Knicks finally returned to the playoffs two years ago, the Boston Celtics let them hang around for only four games.    

  • [New York Times] Duncan’s Steady Spurs Put Lakers on the Brink (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 07:24:53 GMT)
    While the Los Angeles Lakers have been a jumble of injury, inconsistency and general weirdness throughout their tumultuous season, Tim Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs have spent yet another year as the model of NBA efficiency as they grind out wins with their usual dominance.    

  • [New York Times] Curry Leads Warriors Past Nuggets in Game 3 (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:24:41 GMT)
    Playing on a sprained left ankle, Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors on firm footing in the playoffs.    

  • [New York Times] Duncan Leads Spurs’ Rout, Pushing Lakers to Brink (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:06:36 GMT)
    After 16 seasons, Tim Duncan knows the NBA postseason is no time for mercy. Particularly when an opponent is down and seemingly ready to go out.    

  • [New York Times] Game 3: Knicks vs. Celtics (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:53:44 GMT)
    The Knicks crushed the Celtics to take a 3-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-seven playoff series.    

  • [New York Times] With Crowd Behind Them, Celtics Go Nowhere Against Knicks (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:27:09 GMT)
    A frustrating first half in a Game 3 loss to the Knicks put Boston a game from elimination.    

  • [New York Times] Game 3: Knicks 90, Celtics 76: Knicks Rout Celtics in Game 3 (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 04:37:16 GMT)
    Led by Carmelo Anthony, who seemed to enjoy silencing Celtic fans, the Knicks routed the Celtics and took a three-games-to-none lead in their first-round series.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks Roll to 3-0 Lead Over Celtics (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 02:48:46 GMT)
    The New York Knicks want to finish their long road back to the second round quickly.    

  • [New York Times] Roundup: Westbrook’s Injury a Crushing Blow to Thunder (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 02:14:51 GMT)
    Oklahoma City has not ruled Russell Westbrook out of the playoffs, but even he comes back, it is unlikely that he will be at full strength.    

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Olympiakos of Greece Advances in Euroleague (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:47:22 GMT)
    The reigning Euroleague champion, Olympiakos of Greece, qualified for the event’s Final Four with a home win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul.    

  • [New York Times] Nets Extend Contract of General Manager Billy King (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:19:43 GMT)
    Billy King traded for guard Joe Johnson and, after the season began, fired Coach Avery Johnson. Most important, the Nets went 49-33 and are in the playoffs.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks Insider: Felton, Prigioni don’t see foul play in Westbrook injury (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:13:57 GMT)
    While both Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni expressed sympathy for Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, neither of the Knicks’ point guards felt his potentially season-ending knee injury was the result of a dirty play.    

  • [New York Daily News] J.R. may face ban in Boston for Game 4 (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:07:08 GMT)
    J.R. Smith ran straight off the court and up the runway leading to the Knicks’ locker room, quite possibly making his final appearance on the famed parquet floor of TD Garden in this first-round series.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Celtics are absent without Rondo (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:00:38 GMT)
    On Friday, the Knicks were on their game, and the Celtics again didn’t have the one player who could have leveled the playing field in this series. Rajon Rondo’s absence continued to take its toll on Boston.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks take 3-0 series lead as Celtics underperform at emotional TD Garden (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 02:57:24 GMT)
    The Knicks crushed the Boston Celtics spirit yet again and are poised to win a playoff series for the first time since 2000 after defeating the punchless Celtics, 90-76, in Game 3. The game was the Celtics’ first at home since the tragedy, and Game 4 Sunday could be their last of the season.    

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks rout Celtics to take 3-0 series lead (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:30:21 EDT)
    The Knicks are one win away from accomplishing something they haven't in more than a decade: winning a playoff series.

  • [New York Newsday] Knicks stayed in their zone to beat Celtics (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 03:27:16 EDT)
    The Celtics had not played at home since April 10, an eon ago in these parts.

  • [New York Newsday] J.R. Smith ejected for elbowing Jason Terry (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 02:09:00 EDT)
    J.R. Smith ran up the tunnel and into the Knicks' locker room with 7:06 left in Friday night's 90-76 Game 3 victory over the Celtics after getting ejected for an elbow to the head of Boston's Jason Terry.

  • [New York Newsday] Celtics honor victims, heroes (Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:35:31 EDT)
    The Celtics held a moment of silence before Friday night's playoff game with the Knicks to honor the victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

  • 50 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Apr 27 2013)

    1. Hubert Davis

      Happy to have egg on face. I was scared of this Celtics team. Everyone else was right.

      On Westbrook, it just occurred to me that they have Ronnie Brewer, so they should be fine.

    2. TDM

      What are the odds that JR gets suspended a game vs just a fine? At first, I didn’t think he made contact so I was thinking he would just draw a fine. Saw it again this morn and he definitely made contact. Really a bone-headed move. Unfortunately, I think he’s gone for Sunday.

    3. danvt

      SO FREAKIN’ HAPPY.

      I’ve noticed how patient the Knicks are on offense. They’ve just seemed comfortable as the shot clock winds down. The C’s are the worst offensive team I’ve ever seen in the playoffs but they’re still pretty good on D. Seems like they were banking on Melo and JR forcing against double teams and it hasn’t happened. They are holding the ball a bit, though. Sort of a cat and mouse game. Draw the double and then move it quick and forceful as the red numbers tick down. The JKidd little scoop assist to JR for the three was an early dagger. I just love watching a smart disciplined NYK team.

    4. Hubert Davis

      If he gets suspended it’s Stern’s gift to the city of Boston.

      Stupid? Absolutely.

      But it should be downgraded to a flagrant 1 & Terry should be fined $5k for flopping.

      This shouldn’t even be a conversation. Terry initiated contact w an aggressive swipe that should have been called a foul before JR could retaliate. They failed, and then they overreacted by ejecting him. While Terry was chasing after him, clearly seeking to escalate the situation he instigated.

      Let’s be honest, if Kobe hit Raja Bell like JR did, there’s a good chance it’s not called a foul. But here they’re going to say it’s a suspension? What a load of crap.

    5. danvt

      It’s kind of like they are playing SSOL but in the last seven seconds of the shot clock instead of the first seven. Brilliant.

      Also, kudos to the training staff. Prigioni, Kmart, Chandler all look healthy.

      Hopefully, the JR elbow doesn’t come back to haunt them. I think NYK fans are always expecting the worst. Thus, the pessimistic projections despite the mess that is the C’s rotations. I’m not going to be comfortable until KG is playing golf, so, keep your heads fellas.

    6. Brian Cronin

      What’s funny for me is how I find myself thinking about the team. I’ve always said I was happy with just a first round victory this year, and don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with this. However, I am also now slowly getting to the point where I don’t think that this is enough for me anymore. Now I think I actually will be really pissed off if they don’t beat the Pacers. Really, this is the first time since 1999 (when the Hawks clearly had no chance against the Knicks) that I am actually sort of looking ahead to the Conference Finals. Man, this team really could definitely beat the Heat. And obviously, they can beat anyone in the West (anyone in the West could beat them, too, of course, but I’d like the Knicks’ odds). I really think that they’re the second-most likely team to win the title right now. It just sucks that the most likely team is in their own Conference. However, it is remarkable to think that way, since if the top team is in your conference, the second most likely team should typically be from the other conference, but I think I really do like the Knicks’ chances better than any of the teams in the West.

      Of course, Indiana might make me look quite stupid in a week, but I really doubt it. It’s a loss to Miami or a title, I think, for the Knicks. So if I think that, then how can I be happy with just a first round win? So it’s a weird mixture of feelings. On the one hand, totally happy, but on the other hand, I’m getting so excited for the Conference Finals that I can barely pay enough attention to this first round matchup.

    7. Z-man

      Brian, nice to see you finally come around. I firmly believed going into the season that this year would be our best shot at a title in the STAT-Melo era. Think about it, next year, Kidd will be a year older, Camby probably gives us even less than we have now, JR will be gone, no cap room, who knows what happens with STAT, and other teams probably get better (Rose comes back fully healthy, for example.) So going in, even though we have been dogshit for so long, I felt that even losing to the Heat in the ECFs would be a disappointment. And now that the team has gelled and become a close approximation of the Dallas championship team, there is no reason to feel otherwise. This team can beat anybody. The playoff wisdom that JKidd, Prigioni, and K-Mart bring can’t be overstated. I’m all in on this team, probably gonna get my heart ripped out, but loving every minute of it!

    8. danvt

      Brian Cronin: So if I think that, then how can I be happy with just a first round win?

      Right now, you can’t be in a better position in the NBA playoffs, which means happy. But the disappointment will be gigantic with a loss even in the ecf or finals. I’m just happy to believe we have a shot. That’s all a fan can ask for.

      Z-man: JR will be gone, no cap room

      Why go there? It’s not a forgone conclusion that he’s gone. He’s another big key for our optimism. Like Rondo became bigger than the big three, JR has had that same impact. We could be even better next year but the key to that is learning to play with these guys + Stat. But that’s a conversation for another time.

    9. ephus

      This was from before the season:

      Triple Bogey: Missing the playoffs
      Double Bogey: Swept in the first round
      Bogey: Losing in the first round
      Par: Making the second round
      Birdie: Winning at least one game in the second round
      Eagle: Winning the second round
      Double Eagle: Winning the Eastern Conference
      Hole in One (on a par 5): Winning the Championship

      Knicks have hit a hell of a drive. Par is virtually assured. Everything else is still possible.

      This is a great time to be a Knick fan!

    10. Z-man

      danvt: Right now, you can’t be in a better position in the NBA playoffs, which means happy.But the disappointment will be gigantic with a loss even in the ecf or finals.I’m just happy to believe we have a shot.That’s all a fan can ask for.

      Why go there?It’s not a forgone conclusion that he’s gone.He’s another big key for our optimism.Like Rondo became bigger than the big three, JR has had that same impact.We could be even better next year but the key to that is learning to play with these guys + Stat.But that’s a conversation for another time.

      I hear you, only brought it up to justify why we should have all been in a champoinship or bust mindset this year right from the beginning.

    11. johnno

      Mike Woodson doesn’t get nearly enough credit for doing something that is probably the hardest thing for a pro coach — managing egos. Look at the Nets — in the last two days, Gerald Wallace has complained publicly that he has “no clue” what his role on the team is and Marshon Brooks and Tyshaun Taylor have complained about their lack of playing time. Tyshaun Taylor! And has there been a guy in the entire league who has acted more professionally than Amare this year? For a guy who was the centerpiece of the team two years ago to so completely accept a “whatever is best for the team” attitude is a real tribute to him and the coaching staff.

    12. MarvsTeeth

      What I find particularly poetic about the way this year’s playoffs are shaping up is the narrative. The Knicks path in these playoffs is like a trip down memory lane.

      First is Boston, the team who has tormented the Knicks during their darkest days over the last decade.

      Then, Indiana – the team that gave Knicks fans their most bitter rivalry of the 90s playoffs. Who can forget the handful of dogfight series and the moments of heartbreak against Miller’s Pacers? The 8 points in 11 seconds. The missed finger roll. The four point play. Maybe it’s just because I was a young teen at the time, but those Sunday afternoon games on NBC against the Pacers always had an air of instant-classic about them, and they rarely didn’t deliver.

      Last up in the East: who else but the Heat? Perhaps the only rivalry from the Knicks’ last golden age that can hold a candle to the Indiana one. A lot of names come to mind: Hardaway, Mourning, Leonard, PJ Brown. It’s hard to think of any of those guys without some hate biling up in my throat. But one of them, the original traitor, still lives on. Pat Riley – the last vestige of that bad blood. Miami represents the last true “rival” the Knicks have had, before the coming of the Era Which Must Not Be Spoken Of. How sweet it would feel for Alan Houston’s Game 5 last shot heroics to be recast today with Anthony or Smith playing the role. Of course Game 7 would be in Miami…not in the Garden like the ultimate contest was back then. But let’s not get bogged down in the details.

      And finally – the Spurs. With Westbrook having gone down, the West is the Spurs’ to lose. If we ended up meeting them – and beating them – in the Finals, it would be the ultimate redemption story. The team that put a crushing and inevitable end to the last Golden Era of Knicks Basketball. This demon wouldn’t just be about 2013. It would be about 1999. It would be about the hump that we could never get over in the 90s – the fingertips of of Olajuwon…

    13. MarvsTeeth

      couldn’t quite get by.

      Look, it could just be another disappointing ending this year. It probably will be. But if you go by the narrative, things are lined up better than they could be for a Hollywood script.

      Just sayin’.

    14. DRed

      johnno:
      Mike Woodson doesn’t get nearly enough credit for doing something that is probably the hardest thing for a pro coach — managing egos.Look at the Nets — in the last two days, Gerald Wallace has complained publicly that he has “no clue” what his role on the team is and Marshon Brooks and Tyshaun Taylor have complained about their lack of playing time.Tyshaun Taylor!And has there been a guy in the entire league who has acted more professionally than Amare this year?For a guy who was the centerpiece of the team two years ago to so completely accept a “whatever is best for the team” attitude is a real tribute to him and the coaching staff.

      I was worried about Woodson coming into this year and I’ve been delighted to find out how wrong I was.

    15. Z-man

      ephus:
      This was from before the season:

      Triple Bogey: Missing the playoffs
      Double Bogey: Swept in the first round
      Bogey: Losing in the first round
      Par: Making the second round
      Birdie: Winning at least one game in the second round
      Eagle: Winning the second round
      Double Eagle: Winning the Eastern Conference
      Hole in One (on a par 5): Winning the Championship

      Knicks have hit a hell of a drive.Par is virtually assured.Everything else is still possible.

      This is a great time to be a Knick fan!

      This was my response from back then:
      “Z-man
      November 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Snowman: miss playoffs
      Triple Bogey: non-competitive in first round
      Double Bogey: First round playoff loss
      Bogey: Second round loss to anyone other than the Heat
      Par: 2nd round loss to the Heat
      Birdie: Loss in ECFs to the Heat (a loss to anyone else in ECFs would be a lipped-out 2-footer for eagle that goes 3 feet by and results in a Par)
      Eagle: Finals appearance
      HIO: Championship

      Obviously I think that losing in the playoffs to anyone other than the Heat would be a huge disappointment, and losing to the Heat in the first round would mean that we woefully underperformed all regular season.”

      I think right now, I’m playing a par 3 and watching my ball in the air heading right for the stick. Triple and double bogey are virtually out of the question and it looks like it has a chance to go in. A loss to the Pacers would now be like hitting the stick and rolling 6 feet away, only to 3 putt for a horrendous bogey. Losing to the Heat would be like making a routine 5-footer for birdie after just missing a hole in one. Losing in the finals would be like having half the ball hanging over the lip, needing 1/1000 of a revolution to roll in for the HIO.

      But for now, that ball’s in the air and the shot looks pure…

    16. jon abbey

      I think it’s ridiculous to ever look ahead in the playoffs, but if we somehow did get past Indiana and Miami, I am scared of the Clippers, who we looked terrible against twice this year.

      anyway, I’m not even looking past this series yet, one game at a time and a sweep ending in Boston would be sweet revenge for 2011.

    17. DRed

      MarvsTeeth:
      couldn’t quite get by.

      Look, it could just be another disappointing ending this year. It probably will be. But if you go by the narrative, things are lined up better than they could be for a Hollywood script.

      Just sayin’.

      Exactly. I mean, losing in the ECF would be satisfying in a big picture sense because it would mean we’d had our best season in a long, long time, but it would still be disappointing when it happened. We have a legit shot to win a championship this year.

    18. Z-man

      jon abbey:
      I think it’s ridiculous to ever look ahead in the playoffs, but if we somehow did get past Indiana and Miami, I am scared of the Clippers, who we looked terrible against twice this year.

      anyway, I’m not even looking past this series yet, one game at a time and a sweep ending in Boston would be sweet revenge for 2011.

      If we somehow beat the Heat with a healthy LBJ, I would hardly be scared of anyone.

    19. jon abbey

      Z-man: If we somehow beat the Heat with a healthy LBJ, I would hardly be scared of anyone.

      it’s matchups, we don’t match up well against teams with great, fast PGs. Paul and Bledsoe would be tough for us to match up with, and the Clippers have tons of depth.

    20. Z-man

      jon abbey: it’s matchups, we don’t match up well against teams with great, fast PGs. Paul and Bledsoe would be tough for us to match up with, and the Clippers have tons of depth.

      I think we have gotten better since then, Felton is healthy, we’re using prigs differently, Shump is pretty much back, and K-Mart gives us a banger to match up with Griffin and Jordan, and they have no answer for Melo. That said, they are a very talented, deep team and that would probably be a great series.

    21. Frank O.

      Since March 19, after losing four in a row, the Knicks are 20-3, including the last three off the Celts. Included is at least one loss as they rested players.
      This is not just a case of a shorthand ed Celtics team. This team is missing Stat, was missing Chandler, prigs, and basically all it’s bigs for huge parts of the season.
      The Heat is the team to beat, but, objectively, there are few teams hotter or better. I think the Pacers are a tough match, but the Knicks are very real.

    22. er

      Interesting fact, for all the talk about Melos poor playoff record, he is now 11-2 vs teams with lesser records. Go figure

    23. d-mar

      Jeez, Jon and Z-man, are you really debating our chances against the Clippers? Let’s get past Indiana first, they are going to be a very tough out, much younger and more athletic than the team we’re about to eliminate, I could easily see it going 7 games. Then there’s this team from Miami that has some guy named James to deal with.

      But as Ephus would say, this is a great time to be a Knick fan, they are on a serious roll and just oozing confidence right now.

    24. er

      d-mar:
      Jeez, Jon and Z-man, are you really debating our chances against the Clippers? Let’s get past Indiana first, they are going to be a very tough out, much younger and more athletic than the team we’re about to eliminate, I could easily see it going 7 games. Then there’s this team from Miami that has some guy named James to deal with.

      But as Ephus would say, this is a great time to be a Knick fan, they are on a serious roll and just oozing confidence right now.

      Indiana’s offense isnt that much better than bostons. The key is Chandler vs Hibbert i believe. George can do what Green has done, but hibbert or west cant go off. Furthermore, Melo will actually need all these days off after banging with West for a series

    25. Z-man

      I pretty much stopped worrying about Indiana when I found out that Granger wasn’t coming back. Indiana really struggled down the stretch of the season when they had something to play for, unless you think they were avoiding the Celts on purpose. I see a pretty convincing 6-game win for us. West is a load, but since we got K-Mart, I don’t worry as much about him. Hibbert is actually a good matchup for us, he brings Chandler closer to the basket where he can defend the rim a bit more.

      I hope STAT and Camby are available for those games where our bigs get into foul trouble, but other than that, I am very confident.

    26. Z-man

      And while we haven’t really done anything to COUNT on us being in the finals, there’s no harm in discussing what might happen if we get there. My only point was that if we beat Miami, there is nobody left to actually “fear” going in. Losing to the Heat would be hugely disappointing, but losing to any team other than the Heat would be absolutely devastating.

    27. Z-man

      Another reason to be optimistic, while I initially thought the gaps between games would benefit the Celts in this series, it has actually worked to our advantage. Prigs, Chandler, and Amare are all on the mend, Kidd needs all the rest he can get, and Melo can play big minutes as needed.

    28. d-mar

      Indiana actually has competent guards, big difference from C’s. Felton and Prigs won’t be having as much of a field day in the 2nd round.

    29. jon abbey

      d-mar:
      Jeez, Jon and Z-man, are you really debating our chances against the Clippers? Let’s get past Indiana first, they are going to be a very tough out, much younger and more athletic than the team we’re about to eliminate, I could easily see it going 7 games. Then there’s this team from Miami that has some guy named James to deal with.

      man, if only I’d said the exact same thing before mentioning the Clippers. also the Celtics series isn’t done yet, they’re not going to lose it but the quicker they finish it, the better, especially if ATL can’t at least beat IND once.

    30. Brian Cronin

      The only thing about Indiana is that the Knicks can’t start slow against Indiana like they did against Boston in Games 1 and 2. But otherwise, yeah, the Knicks are just plain better than Indy.

    31. er

      Man the bulls should be up by a lot….but they can’t make a foul shot and let the nets close on a run smh

    32. er

      I’m still hoping for the gentlemans sweep for the bulls. Need Noah to get some rest for the heat please

    33. ephus

      Brook Lopez just showed me a lot. Shot clock running down. Catches 19′ from the hoop at the left elbow extended. Gets the run out, puts the ball on the floor. Crosses the lane at the 8′, uses the scoop as he exits the lane on the right to hit a floater.

    34. Brian Cronin

      Yeah, this is a real gut check performance by the Nets. Honestly, you have to be sort of impressed with how well the Nets have done this year. I thought that their offseason was way overrated, but damn, if they make it to the second round, that’s more than I expected from them.

    35. d-mar

      LOL at Marv saying: “Tom Thibodeau is very upset” Thibodeau is ALWAYS very upset, angriest coach I’ve ever seen.

    36. er

      Epic collapse, lil Nate with 23in 4th 1 point shy of mj playoff record smh. Still hope for the gentlemans sweep

    37. ephus

      Nate Robinson has guaranteed himself a job for the next four years. He has to have shed some of his “no defense” label by being able to stay on the court for Thibs. More importantly, he IS this generation’s Vinny Johnson. Instant offense off the bench.

      Pete Vecsey has been wrong about many things (and right about many things), but he has never been more wrong than about Nate. He is not just a “gimmick”.

    38. ephus

      Nate Robinson commands the double on the PnR, gets the ball to a diving Noah, who sees the defensive rotation and gets the ball to Boozer at the front of the rim. Boozer (barely) converts the lay-up. No foul called, despite lots of contact. Bulls lead by 2 with 26.3 to go.

      Nate deserves respect. He has learned the game.

    39. ephus

      NATE!

      I do not understand Deron William’s defensive stance. He was forcing Nate right. That is like through Brer Rabbit into the briar patch.

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