INDIANAPOLIS — If you’re looking for someone to blame for the New York Knicks’ 3-1 series deficit to the Indiana Pacers, J.R. Smith has a suggestion for you: start with him.”I take the blame for this whole series,” Smith said after shooting 7-for-22 in the Knicks’ Game 4 loss. “It started off with Game 4 in Boston or Game 5. I haven’t been playing myself. I haven’t been playing my part. I’ve been letting my teammates down. I’ve been letting my coaches down.
INDIANAPOLIS — In an attempt to neutralize the Pacers size advantage, Mike Woodson went with a bigger starting five for Game 4. He inserted Kenyon Martin into the starting lineup and took out Pablo Prigioni. The bigger front line didn’t produce the desired results. The Knicks were out rebounded, 54-36. Indiana had 16 offensive rebounds and 19 second-chance points. The Pacers outscored the Knicks, 36-26, in the paint. “Rebounding wise we got hammered on the boards again,” Woodson said after the Knicks’ Game 4 loss.
It was the Georges — Pacers star Paul George was terrific, flirting with a triple-double thanks to 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, not to mention two blocks. And point guard George Hill poured in a game-high 26 points.
It feels like J.R. Smith has earned this…
INDIANAPOLIS — Carmelo Anthony spoke in a whisper. J.R. Smith took blame for this collapse. Tyson Chandler had no criticism, just praise for the Pacers. Mike Woodson seemed stunned their shotmaking has gone so wayward, so quickly.
The Knicks have sunk in a deep hole, a series deficit from which…
INDIANAPOLIS — Carmelo Anthony boldly declared last night he believes the Knicks “are the better team” in this series and remains confident his squad can surge back from a 3-1 deficit.
“I believe. I really believe that we can do something special here. I’m very confident that we can do…
INDIANAPOLIS — When it came to the offensive woes last night, J.R. Smith didn’t want to hear about past issues with ball movement.
“We moved the ball. We’re still missing shots,” Smith said. “I don’t think that’s the problem.”
Yes, there were a slew of clanging…
INDIANAPOLIS — Knicks center Tyson Chandler emphatically said his critical comments after Saturday night’s game and after Sunday’s practice were not directed at Carmelo Anthony.
“I pulled Melo to the side. I’m a man of my words,” Chandler said. “None of the words were directed at him. I…
INDIANAPOLIS — If ever realistic opportunity presented itself for the Knicks after halftime Tuesday night, it came relatively early in the third quarter. At 7:17, with the Knicks gaining something resembling momentum, Indiana’s behemoth in the middle, Roy Hibbert, picked up his fourth foul and earned a seat on…
INDIANAPOLIS — After leading all rebounders in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semis against the Knicks, Brooklyn’s own Lance Stephenson has been almost the forgotten starter for the Pacers.
Well, he reminded everybody of his presence in a big fourth-quarter way Tuesday night.
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INDIANAPOLIS — When the epitaph of this cruel tease of a season is written, it should begin with the utter disintegration and disappearance of J.R. Smith, who was supposed to be Carmelo Anthony’s wingman but was Rihanna’s instead with everything on the line.
J.R. Smith, who from…
INDIANAPOLIS — The most troubling part is how puzzled they all seem, bereft of answer and explanation. Three times now in four games — and, really, in three out of four quarters in the other one — the Knicks haven’t just been beaten by the Pacers, they’ve been bloodied, battered. Outclassed…
The San Antonio Spurs got the added energy Gregg Popovich wanted against the Golden State Warriors and a stellar performance from Tony Parker that they desperately needed.
The Indiana Pacers finally figured it out.
Tony Parker had 25 points and 10 assists, and the Spurs held the Warriors’ starting backcourt to 13 points for a victory Tuesday night in Game 5.
The San Antonio Spurs routed visiting Golden State 109-91 on Tuesday to grab a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference second round series.
Despite a lineup change, size did not matter Tuesday night. The Pacers were again simply better as they rolled to an 11-point victory and put the Knicks on the brink of elimination.
Iman Shumpert, Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, key supporting role players, combined to miss all 11 of their field goal attempts and did not take a free throw.
Roy Hibbert and the Pacers handed the Knicks another loss to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Carmelo Anthony was good, not great, in the Knicks’ Game 4 loss to the Pacers, but all around him was a Knicks supporting cast that was disintegrating.
George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Pacers put the Knicks on the brink of elimination.
Indiana grabbed a 3-1 lead over the New York Knicks in their Eastern Conference second round series on Tuesday, the Pacers suffocating the Knicks on defense and winning the battle of the boards en route to a 93-82 victory.
There would have been no shame in losing a long, tough, close series against the Pacers, a team that earned its way to this point as much as the Knicks did.
J.R. Smith is taking responsibility for the Knicks' 3-1 hole.
Following the Knicks' Game 3 loss to Indiana, center Tyson Chandler stood in front of the microphones and notepads and essentially said to his teammates, "This is your conscience speaking.'' Without naming specific names, Chandler then enumerated the various sins that were committing.
This time, Carmelo Anthony was shut out in the fourth quarter and suffered the indignity of spending the last two minutes on the bench after fouling out. That’s no way for a superstar to rescue his dying team, that’s for sure. And now, the Knicks are in trouble. Big trouble.
Tyson Chandler clarified comments he made about the Knicks being too selfish and insisted he wasn’t talking about Carmelo Anthony. “I want to clear it up,” Chandler said following the Knicks’ 93-82 Game 4 loss. “I wasn’t directing my comments at Carmelo Anthony. I was directing my comments at the New York Knicks.
J.R. Smith has done nothing to live up to that ‘Swish’ moniker throughout these playoffs. His constant misfiring continues to be among the biggest reasons the Knicks trail 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals after their 93-82 loss to the Pacers Tuesday night.
Anthony’s certainly not playing at the level of a player who finished third in the MVP voting, having failed to score a single point in the fourth quarter of Game 4, as the Knicks fell behind in these conference semifinals, 3-1.