Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 04 2012)
Seventeen miles west of Madison Square Garden, where Knicks guard J.R. Smith infuses coach Mike D’Antoni’s free-flowing offense with electric displays of athleticism, stands a black granite headstone in Row 2 of the Rosedale Cemetery’s Myrtle Section.
Starting Sunday in Boston on national TV, one o’clock, Carmelo Anthony needs to show he can elevate his own game and his team, because it isn’t just the new point guard’s job to do that.
Since Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen led the Celtics to the NBA title in June of 2008, Boston has served as a benchmark for the Knicks as they have continued to tinker with their roster in recent seasons.
Lenny Cooke has yet to discover what or who he is supposed to be since it became obvious years ago that he would not fulfill his once presumed destiny and become an N.B.A. star.
On Feb. 3, Jeremy Lin looked like an overmatched, easily rattled, mistake-prone reserve. On Feb. 4, he looked like a polished N.B.A. star, as Linsanity began.
Dirk Nowitzki had a season high in points for Dallas, which snapped a four-game losing streak on a night Lamar Odom returned to action.
A Knicks fan since he was a child growing up in the Bronx, the comedian Robert Klein found himself in the middle of the Jeremy Lin craze only as a matter of luck.
North Carolina made a statement by blowing out Duke and capturing the A.C.C. regular-season championship and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament this week.
While there was certainly some pride at play in the way Kevin Love attacked the team he grew up watching, more than anything he just wanted the Timberwolves to win one against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 40 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 102-96 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
O.J. Mayo scored 17 points and sparked a fourth-quarter rally with his 3-point shooting, and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 100-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
Danny Granger scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 102-84 on Saturday night for their first six-game winning streak in seven years.
Josh Smith scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped Oklahoma City’s seven-game winning streak with a 97-90 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night.
Jordan Crawford had a burst of offense midway through the fourth quarter that spurred the Washington Wizards to a 10-point lead.
Dwight Howard had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead six Magic players in double figures, and Orlando beat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-98 on Saturday night.
Lamar Odom had nine points in Dallas’ 102-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night after he returned to the Mavericks without playing a planned game in the NBA Development League.