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Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Jun 10 2012)

  • [New York Times] Eastern Conference Finals: Heat 101, Celtics 88: Heat Beat Celtics to Reach N.B.A. Finals (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 06:06:49 GMT)
    Miami’s Big Three was better than Boston’s, and the Heat reached the finals for the second straight year. This time, they will play the Oklahoma City Thunder for the championship.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Face Uncertainty After Game 7 Loss to Heat (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 04:55:44 GMT)
    Doc Rivers had tears in his eyes. Rajon Rondo insisted more could have been done, even after he put up another triple-double. Ray Allen said he has years left in his legs.

  • [New York Times] ‘Big Three’ Powers Miami to Finals (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 05:46:42 GMT)
    The Miami Heat and their Big Three are going back to the NBA finals.

  • [New York Times] James, Heat to Face Young Thunder in NBA Finals (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 05:28:45 GMT)
    After surviving those old Celtics, LeBron James and the Heat get the Thunder’s young guns in the NBA finals.

  • [New York Times] Eastern Conference Finals: Heat 101, Celtics 88: Eastern Conference Playoffs — Heat Top Celtics in Game 7 (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 07:55:48 GMT)
    The Miami Heat rallied from as many as 11 points down to beat the Boston Celtics 101-88, receiving help from LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, who came off the bench to score 19.

  • [New York Times] Heat Scorch Celtics to Reach NBA Finals (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 03:46:51 GMT)
    The Miami Heat secured a berth in the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals for a second consecutive year with a series-clinching 101-88 win over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Bosh Not Starting in Game 7 for Heat (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:04:40 GMT)
    Starting, not starting, it’s irrelevant to Chris Bosh right now. He’s just happy to be playing again.

  • 11 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Jun 10 2012)

    1. Z-man

      It is really mind-boggling how Garnett and Rondo (like LeBron last year and the Isiah crew years ago) did not have the guts to stay on the court and congratulate the Heat. I think the NBA should have a rule that players have to shake hands or be subject to heavy fines, it is just bad for the league’s image. In hockey, players who punch and cheap shot the shit out of each other manage to do it.

      Garnett, Rondo and LeBron may be spectacular athletes and basketball players and even great teammates, but because of that simple quality of not being able to humble oneself, I will always root against them. Ofr course, with my luck, soon they’ll be co-GMs in charge of running the Knicks into the ground for another decade.

    2. d-mar

      Weird box score from last night, only 2 bench players from either team scored – Bosh with 19 and Hollins with 2.

      @1 As much as Garnett is a warrior and all that, he really is a punk at heart; according to players around the league he’s one of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA, and we know all too well his mastery of the dirty screen. And Rondo’s issues with the coach and teammates have been well documented.

      Dirk did the same thing as those two after game 6 last year, but I believe it was because he was so emotional he needed to retreat to the locker room to gather himself. Plus he was the winner, so there wasn’t much reason to be petulant (unless he was still mad about the LeBron and Wade cough mocking episode)

    3. Z-man

      For all their talk about injury, he Celts also couldn’t have been luckier, drawing the easiest road to the ECF that one could have asked for and then playing the Heat w/o Bosh for the first 4 (really 5) games. I confess to loving the kind of gritty, team-first, floor-balance basketball they play, and I’m a big fan of Doc Rivers, but good freakin’ riddance.

      I’ll be rooting big time for OKC, more because I love Durant than I hate LeBron. Should be a fun series!

    4. bob cook

      Knick fans are asking themselves do they prefer the Heat as winning the series or the Celts? I suspect younger fans are mad at the Heat because of LBJ publically spurning us despite our begging and pleading in the free agent circus. But those of us with a longer perspective remember the damnable arrogant Celtics complete with Red’s cigar- a pain heavily but not entirely lifted by the Willis Reed era. And this older cohort was aghast when the Celtics picked up Garnett and Allen by some General Management trickery which eludes us and started winning again. Phooey. And where did Rondo come from? Double Phooey. And despite KG and Allen being ancient, they don’t get hurt; our young guys do. Triple Phooey. And now with Rondo, KG and the execrable Pierce, are they not the Punk Team Personified? So, good for Miami.

    5. Brian Cronin

      I think the NBA should have a rule that players have to shake hands or be subject to heavy fines, it is just bad for the league’s image. In hockey, players who punch and cheap shot the shit out of each other manage to do it.

      Agreed. It’d be such a simple rule to implement and no one could seriously argue with it.

    6. jon abbey

      I personally don’t understand why anyone cares who shakes hands or not.

      if you want to copy hockey, last night’s Kings/Devils game featured a three person fight minutes from the end with at least 20 cumulative punches thrown. the refs broke it up, assessed meaningless matching minors, and the game went on, business as usual. can you imagine the equivalent in the NBA Finals? people would be calling for career-long bans.

    7. BigBlueAL

      If OKC wins it all, wont it be unprecedented for a team whose core is that young to win it all especially in their first trip to the Finals?? Their 4 best players (KD, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka) are 23, 23, 22 and 22 years old!!

    8. Z-man

      jon abbey: I personally don’t understand why anyone cares who shakes hands or not. if you want to copy hockey, last night’s Kings/Devils game featured a three person fight minutes from the end with at least 20 cumulative punches thrown. the refs broke it up, assessed meaningless matching minors, and the game went on, business as usual. can you imagine the equivalent in the NBA Finals? people would be calling for career-long bans.

      Separate issue; I would also take a hard line on hockey fights, automatic ejection and major suspensions for fighting. The handshake thing is pretty cool, though.

    9. PC

      BigBlueAL: If OKC wins it all, wont it be unprecedented for a team whose core is that young to win it all especially in their first trip to the Finals?? Their 4 best players (KD, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka) are 23, 23, 22 and 22 years old!!

      Those ages are a little misleading. Looking quickly you would think they barely have 6 or 7 years of experience combined. But, Durant has played 5 seasons, WB =4, and Harden/Ibaka have played 3.

      They’re young but not wet behind the ears. What is crazy is that if they win it all, then find a way to keep the team in tact, they could win a lot….not 6, not 7….OK, i’ll stop.

    10. Brian Cronin

      It is still rare for a team to win an NBA championship where their four best players have been in the league five seasons or less.

      The last team I can think of that fits the bill is the 1981 Celtics (and even there, it requires you to count Kevin McHale in his rookie season as being better than Tiny Archibald for the fourth best Celtic after Larry Bird, Cedric Maxwell and Robert Parish).

      Before that, the 1979 Seattle Supersonics count (although, again, only if you count Lonnie Shelton as #4 instead of Fred Brown behind Jack Sikma, Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams).

      The 1977 Portland Trailblazers are probably the best comparison, though, in the sense that the Blazers were a yoooooooooooooooung team.

    11. Frank

      As much as I can’t stand the Heat, I’m actually happy they’re in the finals. This is the matchup that EVERYONE wants to see, and as a basketball fan, I’m really looking forward to it. My body is not, unfortunately, since these freaking games all start at 9pm and end at midnight, and my kid keeps waking up at 530.

      I’m choosing OKC in 5 or 6. I think they have too much defense at the rim between Ibaka, Perkins, and Collison, and have too many offensive weapons even for Miami to match up with. You have to figure LBJ will have to guard Durant most of the time (I think Durant will absolutely eat Battier alive), and Durant will eventually run LBJ into the ground with all the screening action OKC does for him.

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