Knicks Morning News (2015.04.21)

  • [New York Times] Steven A. Ballmer’s Inner Fan Finds Its Voice in a Corner of the N.B.A. (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:00:05 GMT)

    Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft and the first-year owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is, in the words of the team’s coach, “the most normal $24 billion guy I know.”

  • [New York Times] Little Guys Will Need to Come Up Big for Celtics, Mavs (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:05:38 GMT)

    While LeBron James and his star-studded supporting cast were firing away at underdog Boston in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series, the smallest guy on the court for the Celtics was putting up the biggest fight.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Beat Pelicans 97-87 to Take 2-0 Series Lead (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:44:33 GMT)

    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes to say his team teeters on “explosive and careless” basketball, pulling off an astonishing play one moment and a perplexing one the next.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Jimmy Butler Stars Again for the Bulls (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:04:19 GMT)

    Butler set a playoff career high for the second straight game with 31 points, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Bucks to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

  • [New York Times] Butler Scores 31, Bulls Beat Bucks 91-82 to Go Up 2-0 (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:50:26 GMT)

    Jimmy Butler set a playoff career-high for the second straight game with 31 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

  • [New York Times] A Grizzlies Fan Finds Fame as the Bongo Lady (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:20:47 GMT)

    Malenda Meacham, a lawyer and judge, has become a celebrity at Memphis homes games for her over-the-top air-bongo routines on the scoreboard video screen via the FedEx Forum Bongo Cam.

  • [New York Times] Raptors Lou Williams Wins NBA Sixth Man Award (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:59:23 GMT)

    What started as a song has become reality for Raptors guard Lou Williams.

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.04.20)

  • [New York Times] CP3, Griffin Lead Clippers Past Spurs 107-92 in Opener (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:41:28 GMT)

    Blake Griffin accelerated through the paint and threw down a vicious dunk right on Aron Baynes’ head in the third quarter. A few minutes later, Griffin did it again to the same poor San Antonio center.

  • [New York Times] It’s N.B.A. Playoff Time. Pay No Attention to Those Losing Records. (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:05:35 GMT)

    The Nets (38-44) and the Celtics (40-42) became the 11th and 12th under-.500 teams to make the N.B.A. playoffs in this century. The first 10 lost their first-round series.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Never Trail, Rout Trail Blazers 100-86 in Game 1 (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:59:30 GMT)

    Beno Udrih is doing his best to make sure the Memphis Grizzlies can ease Mike Conley and Tony Allen back into the lineup from their injuries.

  • [New York Times] Grizzlies Continue Domination of Blazers (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:59:03 GMT)

    The reserve guard Beno Udrih scored 20 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies never trailed in routing the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • [New York Times] Nets Drop Series Opener but Gain Sense of Hope (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:42:02 GMT)

    The Hawks led by as much as 16 points in the game, and though the Nets stayed stubbornly close until the end, they were unable to overcome Atlanta.

  • [New York Times] Cavaliers 113, Celtics 100: LeBron James and Cavaliers Smooth Out Kinks, Then Roll Past the Celtics (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:43:52 GMT)

    It was a slow start in a highly anticipated playoff opener for the Cavaliers, but Kyrie Irving scored 30 points to help Cleveland pull off a victory over Boston.

  • [New York Times] Korver Scores 21, Hawks Hold Off Pesky Nets 99-92 in Game 1 (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:33:32 GMT)

    Banged up and bruised, the Atlanta Hawks survived their first test as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

  • [New York Times] Side Plots for Hawks as They Navigate Playoffs: Arrests and Injury (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 01:22:45 GMT)

    The Hawks are entering the N.B.A. playoffs without Thabo Sefolosha, who was injured during an incident at a Manhattan club in which he and Pero Antic, a teammate, were arrested.

  • [New York Times] ‘Big 3’ Lead Cavaliers Past Celtics 113-100 in Game 1 (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:20 GMT)

    More than hour after his first playoff game with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving made a statement more profound than anything he did on the floor.

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.04.19)

  • [New York Times] Harden Has 24 Points, Rockets Beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1 (Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:32:44 GMT)

    James Harden loves games like the one Houston had Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Rose Scores 23, Bulls Beat Bucks 103-91 (Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:17:44 GMT)

    Through three long years of knee surgeries and recoveries, the Chicago Bulls waited for this. And when the moment arrived, here is what Derrick Rose did.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 103, Bucks 91: Derrick Rose Puts Injuries, and Doubts, Behind Him as Bulls Defeat Bucks (Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:10:08 GMT)

    Rose, a former most valuable player, dazzled, scoring 23 points in 27 minutes on 9-for-16 shooting, and adding seven assists in Chicago’s 103-91 victory.

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.04.18)

  • [New York Times] Go Figure: Stat Titles Rarely Lead to NBA Titles (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:26:44 GMT)

    It’s already known that Oklahoma City won’t win the NBA title, since the Thunder didn’t make the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] As Spurs Know, International Players Can Impact NBA Playoffs (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:14:45 GMT)

    Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year’s NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn’t have won without their incredible international presence.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has Heart Surgery (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 04:16:26 GMT)

    Abdul-Jabbar, the former N.B.A. and U.C.L.A. star, was recovering after quadruple coronary bypass surgery.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Sunny Skies, but N.B.A. Has Eye to the Horizon (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:58:18 GMT)

    With a new TV deal that could drastically alter player contracts and the salary cap, the N.B.A. seems to be waiting on making changes to the draft and other areas.

  • [New York Post] Breaking down Knicks roster: Who stays? Who goes? (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:30:21 -0400)

    The Post breaks down the Knicks roster, predicting who will — and won't — be back for the 2015-16 season. Should return SF/PF Carmelo Anthony: The chief free-agent recruiter/draft advisor isn't…

  • Melo And The Knicks: How The Savior Complex Has Ruined Everything

    Dearest Carmelo Anthony,

    Recently I heard the news that you had second guessed your decision to stay with the Knicks. I’m writing this to inform you that, unfortunately for you and millions of Knick fans, you’re stuck here.

    Can I buy you a drink?
    Can I buy you a drink?

    I’d like to use an analogy to make your situation clear: you’re like a woman with the savior complex who’s in a bad relationship. You have entered into a union that’s doomed. Actually, it was doomed from the start. The Knicks are that handsome guy, that treats women like garbage. The evidence was all there before you made your decision. This team, the one that you chose over any other, treated everyone that entered a relationship with him like crap. But when you looked at him, you ignored the logical part of your brain and only saw the potential. You decided you would be the one to fix him.

    When you were in Denver, with a good coach, a decent cast, and a competent front office, you thought you deserved more. You treated the team you were with like crap, because it wasn’t as attractive as some of the other destinations. It was a good team, in a good situation, but it would never be good enough. Good guys finish last. No matter what Denver did, they would never match your ideal of how life would be like in New York. So your lust won over.

    To get with the Knicks, you burned every bridge you could find. You forced their hand, and they had to get rid of everything of value that they had, so they could be with you. So now you’re wondering why you’re here by yourself? Well, half of the good stuff had to go before you would walk in the door. And anyone who was more than decent has left since.

    Donnie Walsh? He was here keeping the franchise sober until he saw you’d drag them back to the bar. Tyson? Gone because one of you two had to go to shake things up. Lin? Gone on your behalf. Kidd? Saw the writing on the wall. Mozgov? Had potential, and now is more likely to have a ring than you. Shumpert: ditto.

    Let's dot this!

    The combination of your greed and the team’s stupidity has kept anyone with any sense away. The recent rumor is that the Knicks are going to give the max to Greg Monroe. Why? To paraphrase Rick Pitino: Kevin Durant isn’t walking through that door. Kevin Love isn’t walking through that door. Anthony Davis isn’t walking through that door. Marc Gasol isn’t walking through that door. LeBron James isn’t walking through that door.

    Everyone can see the toxicity of this situation. So the only option the Knicks have left is to overspend on mediocrity. They have to pay an extra fee in order to get anyone else to join this mess.

    In a recent article, former teammate J.R. Smith attempted to defend you, then went on to describe LeBron James.

    Playing with LeBron is different in the way he demands nothing less than the best of his teammates, and doesn’t have to have an individual focus on scoring to maximize his impact.

    He expects us to be accountable, and doesn’t hesitate to make plays that ensure that we do well before he does. LeBron is both willing and able to carry the load. From the very first time you meet the man, it’s crystal clear to you that he is very much aware of what he needs to do to get the most out of his teammates. LeBron sacrifices his own scoring stats to grab every rebound, to make every smart pass, to defend every possession – all in the name of winning.

    LeBron James saved Cleveland. Then he saved Miami. Now he’s saving Cleveland, again. You thought you could come to New York and have the same effect. The problem is the savior complex only works when you are willing to make that sacrifice.

    So, ‘Melo, you’re wondering if it was a good idea to stay here. Well it wasn’t a good idea to come here in the first place. Not in the way you came. This isn’t the team for you. You’re a valuable player, no doubt. But you’ll never be the most valuable player in the NBA. And you’ll never make the sacrifices needed to make this team a championship caliber franchise, neither in your contract nor on the floor. As long as James Dolan and his logic defying cronies are in charge, this place is going to be a wreck. One that you’re married to.

    Mike Kurylo

    In sickness and in health

    Knicks Morning News (2015.04.17)

  • [New York Daily News] Carmelo Anthony: I’ll never be 100 percent again (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:20:58 GMT)

    Carmelo Anthony expects to be back on the court by June, but admits he’s unsure what’s going to happen with the Knicks.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Settling Into New Role as a Championship Favorite (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:44:05 GMT)

    A larger banner hangs on the far end of the Golden State Warriors’ practice gym reminding every player, coach and executive of the franchise’s past glory.

  • [New York Times] Durant: Teammate Russell Westbrook’s Season ‘Amazing’ (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:14:02 GMT)

    Kevin Durant used the word “amazing” several times as he described watching teammate Russell Westbrook elevate his game to an MVP-caliber level.

  • [New York Times] Jewell Loyd and Amanda Zahui B. Are Top Two Picks in W.N.B.A. Draft (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:00:50 GMT)

    Loyd and Zahui B. both left school early in a development that mimicked the men’s game.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: A Time for Phil Jackson to Raise His Game (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:54:17 GMT)

    His Knicks may be done for the year, but Phil Jackson needs to scrutinize the playoffs with a Zen-like focus and eyeball the body language of every prospective unrestricted free agent.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. to Test Players for H.G.H. Starting Next Season (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:57:15 GMT)

    Adding blood tests for H.G.H., which can aid muscle building and recovery, aligns the N.B.A. with other American sports leagues that have implemented such testing.

  • [New York Times] Jewell Loyd Taken First in WNBA Draft by Seattle (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:50:07 GMT)

    Jewell Loyd and Amanda Zahui B. shared a hug after they were taken with the top two picks in the WNBA draft. The underclassmen’s decisions to turn pro were justified.

  • [ – New York Knicks] Melo expects to be 'completely healed' by camp (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:23:41 ET)

    Melo expects to be 'completely healed' by camp

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.04.16)

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: Knicks give free passes to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:10:56 GMT)

    The season ended, appropriately enough, on tax day.

  • [New York Daily News] Pistons’ Monroe talks possible move to NY before Knicks loss (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:56:30 GMT)

    Free-agent target Greg Monroe has never met Phil Jackson but says he’s willing to sit down with the Knicks’ president in July.

  • [New York Post] Time is now for Phil Jackson to engineer Knicks’ turnaround (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:16:29 -0400)

    Mercifully, the gut-emptying disaster known as the 2014-15 Knicks season came to a close Wednesday at the Garden, as a basic replay of so many other games — the Knicks…

  • [New York Times] Let the Championship Chase Begin: It’s NBA Playoff Time (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:50:01 GMT)

    Let the championship chase begin.

  • [New York Times] Kings Beat Lakers 122-99, Sending LA to Worst Season Ever (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:08:02 GMT)

    The Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up the worst season in franchise history with an eight-man roster of castoffs and journeymen trudging to their eighth loss in nine games, never threatening to contend under all those gold championship banners hanging high above the Staples Center court.

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Playoff Hopes End With 95-83 Loss to Grizzlies (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:02:06 GMT)

    The Memphis Grizzlies are headed into the postseason with home-court advantage. The Indiana Pacers are simply heading home.

  • [New York Times] Warriors Wrap Up Regular Season With 133-126 Win Over Denver (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:11:04 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 25 points before resting in the second half, and the Golden State Warriors wrapped up the best the regular season in franchise history with a 133-126 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Nets Clinch Playoff Spot After Win, Pacers Loss (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:41:11 GMT)

    Joe Johnson thought about so many missed chances by the Nets this season, unsure whether he would play another game this season.

  • [New York Times] Win and Help Put Nets in Playoffs (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:34:25 GMT)

    Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 28 points to help the Nets to a victory, which helped lift them into the playoffs along with the Indiana Pacers’ loss.

  • [New York Times] Davis Leads Pelicans Past Spurs, 108-103 and Into Playoffs (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:32:10 GMT)

    After Anthony Davis’ final flurry of clutch shots, blocks and rebounds ensured the Pelicans’ first postseason berth since before he was drafted, the 22-year-old All-Star known as the “unibrow” was ready to admit how much it meant to him.

  • [New York Times] New Orleans, Brooklyn Clinch Last Two Playoff Spots (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:22:55 GMT)

    The New Orleans Pelicans and Brookyln Nets clinched playoff spots on the final night of the NBA regular season on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Pelicans Earn First Playoff Spot Since 2011; Bulls Edge Hawks to Lock Up East’s No. 3 Seed (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:11:46 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans earned a playoff berth with a victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

  • [New York Times] Brooks Leads Rally, Bulls Beat Hawks 91-85 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 04:05:24 GMT)

    The Chicago Bulls looked as if they were on their way to a lopsided loss. Aaron Brooks had other ideas.

  • [New York Times] Harden Has Triple-Double, Rockets Beat Jazz 117-91 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:41:26 GMT)

    James Harden and the Houston Rockets won’t take long to celebrate winning their first division title since 1994 and clinching the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

  • [New York Times] Thunder’s Playoff Streak Ends at 5 Years (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:39:24 GMT)

    Westbrook’s 37 points and a 138-113 victory were not enough to get the Thunder into the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Timberwolves, 138-113, but Still Miss Playoffs (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:35:05 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook did everything in his power to drag the banged-up Oklahoma City Thunder to the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Sits, Cavaliers Edge Wizards 113-108 in Overtime (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:17:19 GMT)

    LeBron James sat out Cleveland’s regular-season finale to rest for the playoffs and the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 113-110 in overtime Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Heat Top the 76ers 105-101 and Strengthen Draft Lottery Pick (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:08:21 GMT)

    Miami ended the season with two wins in one game.

  • [New York Times] Celtics Win 6th Straight, Beat Bucks 105-100 (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:08:18 GMT)

    Gigi Datome scored 22 points, including two key buckets in the final 3 minutes, and the Boston Celtics ended the regular season with their sixth straight win following a 105-100 victory Wednesday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

  • [New York Times] Jackson Has 24, Pistons Beat Knicks 112-90 to Close Season (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:08:16 GMT)

    Reggie Jackson had 24 points and 11 assists and the Detroit Pistons closed out the season with a 112-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Kyle Lowry Leads Raptors to Record 49th Win (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:32:03 GMT)

    Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors wrapped up the regular season with their franchise record 49th victory, beating the Charlotte Hornets 92-87 on Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] The Best and the Worst: The Rangers and the Knicks Are a Study in Contrast (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:18:59 GMT)

    The two main teams that share Madison Square Garden represented opposite ends of the sports spectrum this season: The Rangers compiled the N.H.L.’s top record, and the Knicks endured their worst season.

  • [New York Times] Rockets’ James Harden Chases M.V.P. With a Blizzard of Free Throws (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:17:41 GMT)

    On his way to what could be an N.B.A. scoring title, Harden has been drawing fouls and sinking free throws at an impressive rate.

  • [ – New York Knicks] After their worst finish, Knicks eye best pick (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:23:27 ET)

    After their worst finish, Knicks eye best pick

  • [ – New York Knicks] Lakers lose franchise-worst 61st game to Kings (Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:28:27 ET)

    Lakers lose franchise-worst 61st game to Kings

  • 2014-15 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pistons

    Well, here we are. I was terrified of this game back when I thought a win here would only possibly end up with the Knicks tied with the Timberwolves. Instead, winning this game will very likely result in the Knicks tied with the Philadelphia 76ers for the second worst record in the NBA, resulting in splitting ping bong balls with the Sixers and then flipping a coin to determine which team is officially second and which team is officially third.

    The third-worst record can finish as “high” in the draft as 6th.

    So, yeah, this is a big game. A big game that there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the Knicks are going to try to win, and thus they likely will win it.

    Because, well, Knicks.

    Let’s go? Knicks?

    Knicks Morning News (2015.04.15)

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks do lotto damage (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:21:55 GMT)

    THE KNICKS will give all of those attending their merciful regular-season finale on Wednesday night free food and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • [New York Post] Three ping-pong ball scenarios for the Knicks (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 02:57:40 -0400)

    Knicks owner James Dolan is giving out free food and soft drinks for Fan Appreciation Night— the season finale against the Pistons at the Garden. If things fall a certain…

  • [New York Times] Frantic Closing Night Awaits in the NBA, With Much to Decide (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:53:05 GMT)

    Take a bow, NBA schedule-makers.

  • [New York Times] Paul, Griffin Shoot Clippers Past Suns, 112-101 (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:23:18 GMT)

    Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers did their job. Now they can sit back and wait to see what shakes out on the final day of the NBA regular season.

  • [New York Times] Judge Rules Wife of Former L.A. Clippers Owner Owed $2.6 Million: Lawyer (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:13:50 GMT)

    A judge ruled on Tuesday that the wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is owed $2.6 million from the woman he lavished with gifts and was behind his downfall, the wife’s lawyer said.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:31:57 GMT)

    C.J. Miles scored 25 points, George Hill added 24 and together they keyed a 7-2 spurt to open the second overtime Tuesday night as Indiana kept its playoff hopes alive with a 99-95 victory over Washington.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Pacers Win Sixth Straight, Keeping Hopes Alive (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:58:04 GMT)

    C. J. Miles scored 25 points, George Hill added 24, and together they keyed a 7-2 spurt to open the second overtime as Indiana beat Washington.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Survive Scare With 99-95 Double OT Win Over Wizards (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:40:58 GMT)

    C.J. Miles and George Hill helped Indiana survive Part I of its playoff push Tuesday night.

  • [New York Times] Suspense Goes Down to Wire for New York Teams (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:19:37 GMT)

    In their final game of the regular season, the Nets will be hoping to squeeze into the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot. The Knicks could benefit from losing.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:43:59 GMT)

    C.J. Miles scored 25 points, George Hill added 24 and together they keyed a 7-2 spurt to open the second overtime Tuesday night as Indiana kept its playoff hopes alive with a 99-95 victory over Washington.

  • [New York Times] Crowder’s Long Fall-Away Lifts Celtics Over Raptors, 95-93 (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:08:21 GMT)

    The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Knicks Superfan Is Set to Be There to the Bitter End (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:51:04 GMT)

    Dennis Doyle, who decided to follow the Knicks around for the season after losing his job, spent $26,000 to take in 64 losses (and 17 wins). “I’m so shot,” he said before Wednesday’s finale.

  • Knicks Morning News (2015.04.14)

  • [New York Post] This impending free agent would love to be a Knick next year (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:22:53 -0400)

    ATLANTA — Hawks swingman DeMarre Carroll, one of the unsung free agents on an unsung team, is not afraid of the big stage and revealed the Knicks will be a…

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks stun East’s best team, beat Hawks 112-108 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:14:30 GMT)

    Derek Fisher already has stated that the Knicks are aiming high and shooting for a significant improvement for next season.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Eke Out 6th Straight Win, 110-103 Over Nuggets (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:17:11 GMT)

    Trailing by six, the Clippers huddled during a timeout and told themselves they were going to win.

  • [New York Times] Teams Battle for NBA Playoff Berths, Seeds at End of Season (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:14:01 GMT)

    With two days left in the NBA’s regular season, the playoffs virtually have already begun for a handful of teams.

  • [New York Times] Jazz Pull Away From Mavericks in 2nd Half for 109-92 Victory (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:07:58 GMT)

    The Utah Jazz were without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke for the second consecutive game Monday. For the second game in a row, the Jazz beat a playoff team.

  • [New York Times] Klay Thompson Scores 42, Warriors Down Memphis 111-107 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:05:09 GMT)

    Klay Thompson scored 26 of his 42 points in a sensational second quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies 111-107 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] NBA Capsules (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:34:58 GMT)

    Anthony Davis had 24 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to move the New Orleans Pelicans one step closer to a playoff berth with a 100-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Casspi Helps Kings Beat Lakers 102-92 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:31:57 GMT)

    Omri Casspi had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 102-92 on Monday night.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 36; Thunder Beat Trail Blazers 101-90 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:07:57 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook made the most of his second chance.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 113, Nets 86: Routed by Bulls, Nets Still Hope for Playoffs but Need Help (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:04:07 GMT)

    Chicago’s Derrick Rose led the way with 13 points and 7 assists in 23 minutes of a rout that cost the Nets control of their postseason destiny.

  • [New York Times] Pelicans Close In on Playoff Berth With Win Over Wolves (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:47:02 GMT)

    Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have been fighting for their playoff lives for more than a month.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Playoff Spot Still in Reach for the Heat (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:39:10 GMT)

    Hassan Whiteside tied a career high with 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Miami beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 100-93.

  • [New York Times] Galloway Scores 26 Points, Knicks Stun Hawks 112-108 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:28:54 GMT)

    The East-leading Atlanta Hawks received a jarring wake-up call with the playoffs less than a week away.

  • [New York Times] Bulls Rout Nets, Clinch Home-Court Advantage in 1st Round (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:10:58 GMT)

    Derrick Rose wasn’t even aware the Chicago Bulls had clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Carter-Williams Scores 30, Bucks Beat 76ers 107-97 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:50:01 GMT)

    Michael Carter-Williams showed the 76ers what they are missing, and the Milwaukee Bucks displayed in the second half why they are a playoff team.

  • [New York Times] Rockets’ James Harden Chases M.V.P. With a Blizzard of Free Throws (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:49:24 GMT)

    On his way to what could be an N.B.A. scoring title, Harden has been drawing fouls and sinking free throws at an impressive rate.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Gets Triple-Double, Cavs Roll Pistons 109-97 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:44:03 GMT)

    LeBron James returned to work rested and without a trace of rust. Kyrie Irving may need more time off.

  • [New York Times] Heat Remain Alive, Hang On to Top Magic 100-93 (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:19:55 GMT)

    For the Miami Heat, there is still playoff hope.

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 29, Rockets Beat Hornets (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:31:55 GMT)

    James Harden scored 29 points, Josh Smith had a double-double and the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Hornets for the ninth straight time 100-90 on Monday night.

  • [ – New York Knicks] How Knicks could fall to sixth in lottery (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:55:25 ET)

    How Knicks could fall to sixth in lottery