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.
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.
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.
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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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
When the New York Knicks finally returned to the playoffs two years ago, the Boston Celtics let them hang around for only four games.
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.
Playing on a sprained left ankle, Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors on firm footing in the playoffs.
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.
The Knicks crushed the Celtics to take a 3-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-seven playoff series.
A frustrating first half in a Game 3 loss to the Knicks put Boston a game from elimination.
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.
The New York Knicks want to finish their long road back to the second round quickly.
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.
The reigning Euroleague champion, Olympiakos of Greece, qualified for the event’s Final Four with a home win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Knicks are one win away from accomplishing something they haven't in more than a decade: winning a playoff series.
The Celtics had not played at home since April 10, an eon ago in these parts.
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.
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.