Turns out the Knicks won't exactly have a meaningless regular-season finale after all.
Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our “Opening Tip” segment.
Today’s Burning Question: Should the Knicks lose intentionally to Charlotte on Thursday in an effort to get the eighth seed and a first-round date with Chicago?
Someone asked Carmelo Anthony late Wednesday night if the Knicks were trying to lose intentionally against the Clippers to fall to the eighth seed in the East.
ESPN New York’s Ian Begley and Jared Zwerling discuss the wild final day of the regular season for the Knicks and what awaits them heading into the playoffs.
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Health is more important than seeding.
That’s the attitude the Knicks will take into Thursday’s regular-season finale against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Carmelo Anthony said he probably won’t play against the Bobcats. Tyson Chandler said that if he take the floor, it will be in limited minutes.
“You want to get into the playoffs healthy,” Chandler said after the Knicks’ win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
Mike Woodson is going to check with his players before making any decisions.
The question will exhaust itself from now until the Knicks finish playing the Bobcats Thursday night: Who would they rather face in the first round, the Bulls or Heat? Because until the game is in the books, the seventh and eighth seeds are up for grabs between the Knicks and Sixers.
After the Knicks’ 99-93 win over the Clippers Wednesday night, the consensus in the locker room was that the players don’t care who they play. They realize the Bulls and Heat are the Eastern Conference leaders for a reason, and neither should be taken lightly.
The Madison Square Garden crowd was chanting of “Beat the Heat” but Mike Woodson seemed to do everything in his power to avoid the Heat. J.R. Smith, however, had different plans. It was Smith who may have sealed a Knicks-Heat first round playoff series.
Not even Knicks fans are buying the idea that Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes have kissed and made up. The Jets quarterback and mercurial wide receiver were booed on Wednesday when they were shown on the giant scoreboard during the first quarter of the Knicks-Clippers game.
Jeremy Lin provided evidence that he may play again this season assuming, of course, that the Knicks extend their season beyond the first round.
Glen Grunwald gave Mike Woodson a strong endorsement but the Knicks’ newly minted GM wasn’t ready to name his good friend and former college teammate as the full-time coach.
Knicks permanent general manager Glen Grunwald raved on about interim coach Mike Woodson Wednesday, giving strong indications he’s got his man for next season.
Grunwald said it wasn’t the time to guarantee Woodson’s return with the playoffs about to start. But all signs point that he strongly…
The Garden fans chanted “Beat the Heat” in the final seconds Wednesday night, but the Knicks won’t know if they’ll get that chance until late Thursday night.
Miami or Chicago. Chicago or Miami. It will be one or the other in the first round that could start Saturday…
Maybe Amar’e Stoudemire confused the Clippers with the Heat Wednesday night. The Knicks’ $100 million big man has melted against Miami this season, and he came up small in their 99-93 win over the Clippers at the Garden.
That could be bad news for the Knicks, who head into…
On the court, the Knicks and the Clippers, who both ostensibly had things to play for, turned in 48 minutes that looked like a study in tanking, tankage, tankology. The Clips still could have earned a homecourt edge in Round 1, yet kept Chris Paul nailed to the bench.
Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson and Isiah Thomas met for dinner Tuesday night in Westchester, hours after Glen Grunwald got promoted as the permanent executive VP/GM, according to sources.
Woodson, Thomas and Grunwald were all teammates on the Indiana University basketball club for three seasons. Thomas, fired by Florida…
By beating the Clippers, the Knicks held their ground as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference, with one game left to settle the standings and determine playoff matchups.
Thanks to a talented cast headlined by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, a usually moribund franchise has enjoyed a successful season.
The seven-game suspension of Metta World Peace for elbowing the Thunder’s James Harden will make him ineligible for the Lakers’ first six postseason games.
With his status as the team’s top basketball executive secure, Glen Grunwald’s first big decision will be whether to help make Mike Woodson’s role as coach more concrete.
J. J. Redick had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the host Orlando Magic held off Charlotte, 102-95, for the Bobcats’ 22nd consecutive loss.
The Los Angeles Sparks signed a multiyear contract extension with the All-Star forward Candace Parker.
There’s one day left in the NBA’s truncated regular season, and only two of the eight first-round postseason matchups opening this weekend have all the particulars decided.
No one could say for certain that this was Steve Nash’s final game in a Phoenix uniform, but the Suns’ fans certainly sensed it was.
Eastern Conference top seeds Chicago inched closer to securing home-court advantage throughout the NBA playoffs with a 92-87 win over Indiana on Wednesday.
JR Smith scored 21 points, including a rally-stopping jumper with 31 seconds left, and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-93 on Wednesday night and close in on the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The results have been predictable when the San Diego Padres have faced the Washington Nationals in a matchup of the NL’s best and worst teams.
Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Kenneth Faried added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-101 on Wednesday night to ensure they won’t be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Facing a potentially short and hectic transition from the regular season to the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers managed to get a win while Doug Collins rested a few of his key players.
J.J. Redick had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the Orlando Magic held off Charlotte 102-95 on Wednesday night, the Bobcats’ 22nd consecutive loss.
Kyle Korver scored 20 points to help the Chicago Bulls defeat the Indiana Pacers 92-87 on Wednesday night and inch closer to claiming the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs.
John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists to help the Washington Wizards extend their longest winning streak since 2007 to five games with a 96-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
As the N.B.A. disciplines Metta World Peace, the N.F.L. faces allegations that the general manager of the Saints eavesdropped on opposing coaches. The N.H.L., meanwhile, is quiet for the moment.
Since Mike Woodson became the coach of the Knicks, New York has had a notably large percentage of blowout victories.