Joakim Noah gave a meek smile, looking as if he was hiding either the truth or the pain.
Chris Paul’s running jumper with a tenth of a second left gave the Los Angeles Clippers a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies and a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Run over in the series opener, the Chicago Bulls wizened up, buckled down and handed the Nets a stern wake-up call.
Pablo Prigioni, who sprained his right ankle in the Knicks’ regular-season finale, practiced Monday and was listed as probable.
J.R. Smith of the Knicks averaged 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 80 games this season.
The Bulls pulled away in the third quarter and held on to beat the Nets to even their best-of-seven playoff series at one game apiece.
Whatever pain Joakim Noah was feeling in that achy right foot would have to wait.
J.R. Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award Monday after turning a role he didn’t want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks’ first division championship team in nearly two decades.
Mike Woodson’s coaching consultant, Chris Ford, spent 15 years with Boston as a player and a coach, but is now trying to oust his former team from the playoffs.
David Lee, the Golden State All-Star forward who was making the first playoff appearance of his career, tore his right hip flexor in the Warriors’ Game 1 loss to Denver and is done for the postseason.
The Knicks’ J.R. Smith, who won the N.B.A.’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, has been regarded as one of the most gifted shooting guards in the league, but with a questionable head. In mid-March, his outlook changed.
Paul Pierce’s list of adjustments for the Celtics against the Knicks in Game 2 include: fewer turnovers, more patience on offense and a bigger role for the bench and Kevin Garnett.
From Syracuse to the Denver Nuggets to the Knicks, where he was the NBA’s leading scorer in 2013, Carmelo Anthony knows a thing or two about time well spent.
It was a little more than a year ago when J.R. Smith sauntered into the Knicks locker room with his blue jeans hanging low enough to expose whether he is a boxers or briefs guy. ‘Pull up your goddamn pants,’ Mike Woodson screamed, having already addressed Smith’s fashion statement one week earlier.
Anyone mesmerized by the Celtics’ eight-point, fourth-quarter outburst in the Gulag Saturday afternoon received a verbal slap in the face courtesy of Jeff (Shecky) Van Gundy. His message was clear: The time you are wasting is your own. “No one in the East can beat the Heat,â? he said on ABC as the Knicks slogged their way to an 85-78 win.
Tyson Chandler reported feeling minor stiffness in his neck while claiming, “I feel great honestly. “It’s just when you’re out for so long, you’re not playing against some Park and Rec dudes, you’re playing against the best of the best,â? Chandler said Monday.
Kudos to J.R. Smith and now we pretty much know the Knicks are not winning the title. Of course they weren’t going to win it, anyway, not as long as LeBron James continues to take the floor for the Miami Heat.
Less than one year ago, the Celtics were one game away from their third NBA Finals in five seasons.
Doc Rivers is still standing on the sideline, Kevin Garnett is still working on the block and Paul Pierce is still operating around the perimeter, but Ray Allen is running around…
Going into Game 2 of the Knicks’ first-round playoff series last year, Iman Shumpert was finished for the year with a torn ACL.
Now, going into Game 2 of the Knicks’ first-round playoff series, Shumpert likely will be assigned to guard the Celtics’ most dangerous scorer.
With Pablo Prigioni probable…
With deep emotions swirling around Boston, the Knicks want nothing to do with heading there in a deadlocked series.
With guard Pablo Prigioni ready to return tonight to make the Knicks’ starting lineup whole again, the Knicks talked of an urgency to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
J.R. Smith was ticked during training camp. The enigmatic yet supremely talented Smith wanted to finally be an NBA starter and was crushed when coach Mike Woodson sat down with him with the news he would be the team’s Sixth Man.
It couldn’t have worked out any…
Jason Kidd can still survey the court and see things Father Time cannot defend. He can still steal the ball from Father Time’s dribble, he can still outthink Father Time when the game is on the line, even on 40-year-old legs.
Sometimes the great ones find a way, sometimes…