David Lee went from Golden State’s All-Star power forward and double-double machine to the Warriors’ biggest cheerleader and strategic adviser during timeouts.
A banner bearing Dwyane Wade’s jersey number hangs in the arena the Milwaukee Bucks call home, in tribute of his days as a standout at Marquette.
In what they considered a “must-win” game, the New York Knicks couldn’t lose. Not the way they defended after halftime.
Boston’s Kevin Garnett finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but was saddled with foul trouble, and the Knicks took advantage.
The Golden State Warriors hardly missed much of anything Tuesday night.
The Knicks defeated the Celtics, 87-71, and took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
Carmelo Anthony was dominant again, scoring 34 points, and the Knicks outscored the Celtics by 45-23 in the second half to take a 2-0 series lead.
For the second game in a row, Boston’s offense suddenly vanished, as if it had all been a mirage.
The New York Knicks are heading to Boston, then perhaps finally back to the second round.
A gifted scorer, Carmelo Anthony has always had the talent to put the ball in the basket but rarely has he been able to put his team deep into the playoffs.
Mike Dunlap was fired after one season as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was named most improved.
Everyone in the Miami huddle was bracing for a grind to the finish. On the other end, the sense around the Milwaukee bench was that an upset was there for the taking.
Rutgers University introduced Eddie Jordan, a star player on its 1976 Final Four team, as the new head basketball coach on Tuesday and said he would restore an atmosphere of respect to the program.
Carmelo Anthony found his stroke in the second half, about the same time the Knicks displayed the playoff type of defense and intensity that could drive them deep in this postseason.
There seems to be a pattern developing here, and if it keeps up the Knicks soon will find themselves in the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2000.
Raymond Felton waited two years for this moment, two years to be in a big playoff game at Madison Square Garden, two years to be a starter on a team that has a chance to go somewhere.
Call it the Celtics' second-half snooze.
Raymond Felton is using the playoffs to make his case in the inevitable comparisons with Jeremy Lin.
There was no more controversial event in the Knicks’ offseason than when the team parted ways with Lin and brought in Felton from Portland to run the point.
Felton was absolutely terrific in…
Ever since the Celtics staged their tribute to sleep-walking in the fourth quarter of Game 1, they stressed their laundry list of “to-doâ? items for the second game. There were usual goodies like “Try not to give the basketball to the Knicks a lot.â? But also high on the list…
Fresh off his Sixth Man Award, J.R. Smith is almost certain to opt out of his contract and become a free agent July 1. The Knicks are praying they are not outbid.
At Monday’s press conference, Smith evaded a question on his contractual future, saying he will “worry…
You know what’s coming: the parquet below, the banners up on high. The constant loop of highlights, Havlicek stealing the ball and Bird stealing the ball and Dave Cowens diving after loose balls like Pete Rose reaching for third base.
You know how it’s going to sound, this…
Nearly everybody played well for the Knicks in the second half, but this is Carmelo Anthony’s team and it was his third quarter. Anthony went 5-of-6 for 13 points in the third as the Knicks outscored the Celtics 32-11. He finished with 34.
Since pouring in 20…
Game 2 was dÃ©jÃ vu.
For the second straight playoff game at the Garden, Carmelo Anthony erupted as the Celtics offense disintegrated in the second half. The Knicks awoke from a first-half slumber with another historic defensive performance in the 87-71 victory to ensure they are heading to Boston with…
When Iman Shumpert checked out of Tuesday night’s game with 2:24 left in the third quarter, J.R. Smith looked back from the free-throw line toward the Knicks’ sideline and started clapping.
That was because Shumpert keyed the Knicks’ game-breaking third-quarter run in their 87-71 Game 2 victory…
Amar’e Stoudemire said Tuesday night he will begin full-speed running by week’s end and if all goes “great,â? he could suit up for the second round of the playoffs â?? if the Knicks make it.
Stoudemire, who has spoken rarely since right knee debridement surgery March 11, said a…
For a while there at the start, anyone could have called Carmelo Anthony an overrated ballhog who will never win an NBA championship, because it was Anthony and J.R. Smith against the Boston Celtics, and only Smith was putting the ball in the basket.
But by the time Game…
Carmelo Anthony has a combined 70 points in Games 1 and 2, both wins for the Knicks. As for the Celtics, as a whole, they’ve only scored a combined 48 points in second halves.
So what was the difference for the Knicks after halftime on Tuesday night?
“Just being aggressive defensively,” Raymond Felton said. “Just staying into our man and playing great help defense. Everybody locking in and understanding what we need to do to get the lead and take the lead and try to win the game.
Before the season started, there was grumbling over what Raymond Felton would contribute to the New York Knicks. Some said, “He’s not Jeremy Lin.” Others said, “He’ll be out of shape,” something that had plagued him in previous seasons.
But Felton attacked the season like he attacks the paint, establishing himself as the team’s consistent third-best scorer. While a fractured right pinky on Christmas Day set him back a bit, he has turned it up a notch down the stretch this season, especially in the playoffs.
Bad news, Boston.
After scoring 70 points in the first two games of the Knicks-Celtics playoff series, this is how Carmelo Anthony summed up his performance:
“I have to make some shots. I’ve been missing some shots that I feel like I can make in both games, missing shots I normally make.”
In other words, the Boston Celtics haven’t seen the best of Carmelo Anthony yet.
And they are still down, 2-0.
Anthony led the New York Knicks to a Game 2 win by pouring in 34 points, 13 of which came in a pivotal third-quarter run.
Carmelo Anthony nearly outscored Boston in the second half as the Knicks shut down the offensively-challenged Celtics for the second straight game and captured Game 2 87-71. The Knicks lead the best-of-seven-series 2-0 with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in Boston.
Before Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Celtics at the Garden, the $100 million forward floated the possibility of being ready as early as the next round if the Knicks should advance.
The Knicks didn’t finish off the Celtics at a raucous Garden on Tuesday night. But it sure seemed that way. The Knicks are up 2-0 after their 87-71 romp, so they’ve merely protected their home court in this first-round series. But there is no question that they manhandled the Celtics.
The Celtics have found out what life is like without a true point guard since Rajon Rondo blew out his knee, and it has showed through two games of their first-round playoff series against the Knicks.