INDIANAPOLIS — The question on most observers’ minds prior to Game 3 was, “Will J.R. play?”
Earlier in the day, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith had been listed as questionable, and it was reported that he had a fever that had spiked at 102 degrees. By the time of coach Mike Woodson’s pregame news conference, the fever had gone down, and Smith was trying to see if he could go.
To no one’s surprise, Smith played. “I knew I was going to play anyway, regardless of whatever was going on,” Smith said.
INDIANAPOLIS — Amar’e Stoudemire made his first appearance for the Knicks since March 7 on Saturday. Physically, his return was a success. Stoudemire was upbeat after the game regarding his knee.
“It feels great, as far as my body’s concerned,” Stoudemire said. “[I] feel healthy. Feel strong. Felt explosive. Felt I was in better shape than I thought I was.”
Stoudemire contributed seven points in nine minutes, and the Knicks played even with the Pacers on the scoreboard in his time on the court.
INDIANAPOLIS — It isn’t exactly rocket science.
When the New York Knicks move the ball, their offense tends to work. But when the ball stops moving, so does the scoring.
“When we try to go one-on-one, we become one of the bottom teams in the league,” Jason Kidd said prior to Game 3. “So we understand what we have to do.”
Understanding and doing are two different things, of course. And the Knicks learned that the hard way Saturday night.
The Knicks’ offense was slow, sloppy and ineffective in their Game 3 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
The Knicks guard J.R. Smith awoke Saturday morning with a 102-degree fever, which did nothing for his shooting touch in Game 3.
The Knicks flirted with a franchise low in scoring as Roy Hibbert dominated the paint and the Pacers took a 2-1 lead in the second-round series.
The Indiana Pacers kept everything in front of them Saturday night.
Images from Indiana’s 82-71 victory, which gave it a 2-1 lead in the series.
The owners of the Sacramento Kings intend to reject a sale that would keep the NBA team in the city and instead cut a deal that could give a minority stake to investors intent on moving the team to Seattle, ESPN reported on Saturday.
With its “grit and grindâ? style, Memphis managed to hold off a persistent Oklahoma City team to take a 2-1 lead in their second-round N.B.A. playoff series.
The Memphis Grizzlies call it grit and grind, and it got them through another ugly game.
If the NBA Board of Governors denies the pending sale and relocation of the Sacramento Kings, the Seattle group seeking to purchase the franchise has a backup deal with the Maloof family.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith played against the Pacers in Game 3 on Saturday night after being iffy to go because of an illness.
The Knicks are unsure if guard J.R. Smith will be able to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night after Smith missed a shootaround with an undisclosed illness.
The Knicks thought they rediscovered their offense in Game 2 against Indiana, but they lost it again in the three days between games.
When last we saw the Knicks, they were running the Pacers out of Madison Square Garden with a late torrent of points.
As the end of his wait to return to action for the first time in more than two months approached Saturday, Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire was like a kid on Christmas morning. And Carmelo Anthony was as amused as any parent enduring a child's irrepressible burst of energy.
J.R. Smith started getting the chills Friday night and Mike Woodson said he had a temperature of 102 Saturday morning.
For the second time in three games, Pacers big man Roy Hibbert was a monster, far outplaying Tyson Chandler in the center battle. Hibbert finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, a dominant performance.
The Knicks’ point guard trio was ineffective, with Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and Jason…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? The Knicks played as sickly as J.R. Smith looked.
The venue changed to the loud Bankers Life Field House, but it was Game 1 all over again. The Pacers outhustled, outmuscled, outboarded and shut down the Knicks offense as neither Amar’e Stoudemire’s return or J.R…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? The postseason completely turned for Raymond Felton last night â?? and not for the better.
Throughout the Knicks’ eight-game playoff run entering last night, Felton had been magnificent. He had been the Knicks’ most consistent postseason player â?? and arguably their best.
Until last night.
In the Knicks’ 82-71 Game 3…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? Upset with a slew of aspects in the Knicks’ Game 3 debacle last night, Tyson Chandler sounded off, declaring his team abandoned the gameplan on defending Roy Hibbert, isn’t rebounding collectively and is “playing as individualsâ? on offense.
Chandler, too, played poorly in the Knicks’ ugly 82-71 loss…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? J.R. Smith needed not only to find his jump shot last night but a flu shot.
The soap opera surrounding the embattled Smith took another turn as he missed yesterday’s morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a 102-degree fever and his status wasn’t certain until…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? Pacers center Roy Hibbert had not spoken to the playoff media from the interview podium before. So he asked teammates whether or not he should do it.
Well, whether he was a logical choice to do so was a no-brainer.
“This is his best playoff game ever, probably,â? Pacers…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? It wasn’t so much J.R. Smith who looked sick, and it wasn’t so much Amar’e Stoudemire who looked rusty, it was the rest of them.
Neither Smith nor Stoudemire conjured up memories of Willis Reed limping through the Garden tunnel for Game 7, but don…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? Time after time the ball would be in the air, it would clank hard off the rim, the 18,185 people inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse would groan. And time after time the ball would land in a friendly set of hands, and the same 18,185 people would exhale…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? Amar’e Stoudemire actually was one of the few Knicks who didn’t play badly on the offensive end.
Stoudemire scored seven points in 8:56 as he made his return in the Knicks’ 82-71 loss to the Pacers Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Stoudemire struggled rebounding the…
INDIANAPOLIS â?? So you pick up a boxscore after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Knicks and the Pacers. You look at 3-pointers and there’s no surprise. One side took 33, the other side took 11.Surprise. It was the Knicks, the guys who averaged 29 a…
Amar’e Stoudemire insists there is “no pressureâ? for him to immediately receive more playing time, but the $100 million power forward logged less than nine minutes Saturday in his return to the Knicks’ lineup for the first time since March 7.
Piled on top of the shooting woes and the tabloid headlines, J.R. Smith began “getting the chillsâ? Friday and woke up in the middle of the night with a temperature of 102 degrees. Smith slogged through nearly 25 minutes of action Saturday night despite what the team’s medical staff labeled a virus that forced him to skip the Knicks’ morning practice, but he mostly was ineffectual again in the Pacers’ 82-71 Game 3 victory.
The Knicks are once again down to the Pacers in this conference semifinal series and you can start the blame game by pointing fingers at Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks needed way more than Anthony’s pedestrian 21-point effort, with only eight coming after halftime.
J.R. Smith was battling fatigue on Saturday night that was brought on by a 102-degree fever. As for his teammates, they are in for the fight of their season due to a severe case of being ice cold. It all went horribly wrong for Carmelo Anthony, Smith and especially Tyson Chandler in Game 3.
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