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The New York Knicks locked up the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 104-84 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night. Well, technically the Philadelphia 76ers did the dirty work for them by getting blown out by the Toronto Raptors. Regardless, the Knicks are all set to tip off against the 2-seed Miami Heat in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs starting this weekend.
The Knicks held out Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Baron Davis in the win, and still managed to blowout a Bobcats squad that set the NBA record for the worst season winning percentage of all time. Amare Stoudemire scored 21 points in just two quarters of work. J.R. Smith came off the bench to lead the Knicks with 22 points, and Mike Bibby of all people led all players with 12 rebounds.
The Bobcats shot just 43.2 percent from the floor, compared to 51.8 percent for the Knicks. Gerald Henderson scored 21 to lead the team, adding seven rebounds. D.J. Augustin went just 5-for-15 from the floor for 12 points, however, and Bismack Biyombo was rendered relatively useless with just five points on 2-for-3 shooting and three rebounds.
The Knicks have a tough road in the first round of the playoffs, but it didn't have to be that way.
The Knicks can lock up the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and a first round date with the Miami Heat in the playoffs with a win. A loss, coupled with a 76ers win on Thursday night, would set New York up with Chicago in the first round.
The Bobcats, meanwhile, are looking to avoid making history, as a loss in the finale would leave them with the worst winning percentage for a season in NBA history. At 7-58, Charlotte has been downright woeful, and currently rides a 22-game losing streak into tonight's action.
The Knicks have every reason to be motivated to win tonight, but trust that the lowly Bobcats with bring the intensity to avoid carving their place in league annals for the wrong reasons.
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
TV Coverage: TNT
The New York Knicks moved one game closer to locking up the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2012 NBA Playoffs with a 99-93 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. New York just needs to win their regular season finale against the Charlotte Bobcats this Thursday, or have the Philadelphia 76ers lose their final game to secure a date with the 2-seed Miami Heat in the first round.
The Knicks led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin got hot, however, scoring 11 points during a 21-4 run to pull the Clippers within one point with just 52 seconds to play. J.R. Smith then scored four of the Knicks last five points of the game to help seal the win. Smith led New York with 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor. Carmelo Anthony pitched in 17 points and six rebounds during the game.
Griffin led all players with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Randy Foye pitched in another 28 points and DeAndre Jordan added 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Los Angeles committed 13 turnovers to just eight for New York.
Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have both supported New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson, giving their votes of confidence to the interim coach who helped turn around the Knickerbockers' season. But regardless of how well Woodson coaches, rumors will fly that the Knicks want a bigger-name coach to take over after this season.
The latest rumor sounds a little far-fetched, if only for the amount of money the Knicks are reportedly prepared to offer Phil Jackson. According to the Racine Journal-Times, the Knicks are willing to offer Jackson an enormous contract if they are knocked out in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
If the Knicks don't advance beyond the first round of the playoffs, I'm hearing they'll make a major -- repeat, major -- push to lure legendary coach Phil Jackson out of retirement. With money being no object, the scuttlebutt is the Knicks brass may offer the 'Zen Master' a four-year, $50 million deal.
The Knicks come in knowing a playoff berth is sewn up and will probably rest their key players for a majority of the game.
New York is currently holding the seventh seed because of a tiebreaker over the Philadelphia 76ers. However, many pundits feel the Knicks would be very content to slide into the eighth slot and face the Chicago Bulls instead of the Miami Heat.
New York could catch the Orlando Magic for the sixth position in the East if the Knicks win both remaining games and Orlando loses both of their contests. However, the Magic play the Charlotte Bobcats tonight.
The Clippers come in tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. If Chris Paul and company win, they would lock up that spot and home-court advantage in the first round because they own the tiebreaker.
It will be interesting to see how much Mike Woodson tries to play Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire together. Those two need to get some chemistry going after Stoudemire missed ample time dealing with his back.
We'll find out whether that trumps rest for the weary tonight at the Garden.
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
The New York Knicks went from post-season outsiders to possible first-round upset favorites, and the man in charge of their front-office moves, general manager Glen Grunwald, was rewarded for the success Tuesday. Grunwald, who was given the interim general manager and executive vice president tags after Donnie Walsh stepped down last July, was officially handed the jobs by owner James Dolan.
The Knicks will officially announce the news Wednesday before they host the Los Angeles Clippers in their second-to-last regular-season contest.
"Glen has done a terrific job this season," Dolan said in a statement. "He is an intelligent, seasoned executive and we look forward to him continuing in the role of general manager for many years to come."
Meanwhile, many are now speculation that interim head coach Mike Woodson is next in line for a promotion. Especially, since star forward Carmelo Anthony said he'd love to see Woodson, who has helped lead the Knicks to a 16-6 record since taking over for Mike D'Antonio in March.
With the New York Knicks firmly entrenched in the playoffs, the last week of the regular season serves as nothing more than a fight for playoff positioning and some practice.
Amare Stoudemire is back in the lineup and New York is 1-1 after losing in Cleveland before narrowing taking care of business against Atlanta 113-112 on Sunday. The final two games will be a good time for head coach Mike Woodson to get his main men some rest and also a chance to gel when they are on the court together.
With Chris Paul running the show and turning the Staples Center into "Lob City", L.A. fans are finally feeling good. The Clips will be battling hard as they enter the final week just a half game back of their inter-city rival Lakers for the Pacific Division crown.
Thursday brings the last game of the season and one that could have historical ramifications. If the Charlotte Bobcats lose both of their next two contests, they will need to beat the Knicks in order to avoid the distinction as having the worst winning percentage of all-time.
One would think this to be a sure thing on the surface, but if New York is locked into a playoff seed the Bobcats might pull it out.
Then again, maybe they could beat the Knicks even at full strength as they did earlier in the season. New York fans would certainly hope to avoid that embarrassment.
Ten Observations from the Knicks win over the Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Carmelo Anthony scoring a game-high 39 points, including the game-winning shot with 1 minute, 40 seconds remaining Sunday, to help lead the New York Knicks past the Atlanta Hawks 113-112 at the Phillips Center. Anthony scored the Knicks' last seven points, while rookie Iman Shumpert played outstanding late-game defense to help New York pull out the road victory.
Amare Stoudemire added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks (34-30), who did not play a lot of defense -- center Tyson Chandler was held out for a day of rest -- but scored enough points to improve to 34-30 with two games remaining on the regular season schedule.
Marvin Williams scored a team-high 29 points for the Hawks (38-26), who led 112-111 with 1:50 to go after Joe Johnson nailed a 3-pointer. However, the Knicks quickly got down the court and a Hawks' defensive lapse led to Anthony being wide-open for a go-ahead jumper, which gave New York a 113-112 lead.
The New York Knicks visit the Atlanta Hawks Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. ET on ESPN), and will need to collect a victory without center and defensive presence Tyson Chandler, who will be receiving a much needed day off, reports Tina Cervasio via Twitter. The Knicks (33-30) and head coach Mike Woodson can afford to do this, as it already has locked up a Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Tyson Chandler not starting for #Knicks today vs Hawks ...Simply resting him. Woodson says "he's logged a lot of minutes..rest is important"— Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio) April 22, 2012
Cervasio also is reporting that Jared Jeffries is shutdown for the Knicks final three regular-season games, as he's trying to recover from inflammation and soreness in the knee. Jeffries said he will be ready for the postseason, however, is not sure how many minutes he will play.
The return of star forward Amare Stoudemire didn't go so well the first time around, on Sunday the New York Knicks will try to ease the worries of their fan base when visit the Atlanta Hawks and Phillips Arena (1 p.m. ET on ESPN/MSG Network).
For New York (33-30), this will be one of its final three regular-season games before it begins the postseason. However, its final spot in the playoffs hasn't been decided yet, as the Knicks are in a tie with the Philadelphia 76ers for seventh-place in the Eastern Conference standings.
A victory Sunday would pull them ahead of the Sixers by a 1/2-game, while a loss would drop them into eighth place.
Here's the game's basic viewing information:
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV Information: ESPN or MSG Network
Radio Stream: 1050 ESPN
An deflating loss in Amare Stoudemire's return to the starting lineup leaves the Knicks searching for answers, again.
The New York Knicks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night, 98-90. The Knicks trailed by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter. Amar'e Stoudemire returned to the lineup for the Knicks after missing about a month with a back injury and scored 15 points. Steve Novak also had 15 points for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony had just 12 points.
Manny Harris and Kyrie Irving carried things for the Cavaliers, combining for 40 points. Neither team had a shooting percentage to boast about, with the Knicks shooting 42 percent and the Cavs managing 46 percent.
The playoff-bound Knicks next play the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday as the NBA regular season winds to a close. New York has three games remaining.
The Knicks were looking for some playoff depth at the center position and waived Walker to make room for the veteran Gadzuric. Walker had originally came over to the Knicks from the Celtics during a 2010 trade. The Knicks needed to make a move because they will not have Jared Jefferies in the near future. Jefferies is battling a right knee injury.
The Dutch center Gadzuric has played for the Bucks, Warriors and Nets during his NBA career. Gadzuric averages 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 14.8 minutes per game. Walker had averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 19.4 minutes per game for the Knicks this season in 32 games (eight starts). Walker missed five weeks before returning in April but couldn't find a spot in interim head coach Mike Woodson's lineup.
Knicks planning to waive bill walker and sign dan gadzuric. Nothing official yet.— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 20, 2012
Bill Walker had a career-low PER of 8.2 in 32 games this season, nearly seven full points behind the league average of 15.0. This will end the 24 year old forward's three year run with the Knicks.
Dan Gadzuric is a 34 year old big man who hasn't played since last season, when he recorded a total PER of 9.9 on the Warriors and Nets. He had a defensive rebounding percentage of 16.4, which is well below average for an NBA big man.
The New York Knicks officially clinched a playoff spot on Thursday night, when the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Indiana Pacers. At 33-29, the Knicks reside in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, with a one-game cushion on the eighth seed, the Philadelphia 76ers.
Only four games remain in the regular season, two of which the Knicks will play this weekend – both on the road. First, the Knicks will travel to Cleveland to face Kyrie Irving and the Cavs on Friday, followed by a match-up with the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.
The big story of the weekend is the return of Amar'e Stoudemire. STAT has been out since March 24, with a bulging disk in his back, but confirmed he would be back in the lineup on Friday. The Knicks have gone 9-4 in his absence.
|@ Cleveland||Fri 04/20||7:30 PM EDT|
|@ Atlanta||Sun 04/22||1:00 PM EDT|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Wed 04/25||8:00 PM EDT|
|@ Charlotte||Thu 04/26||8:00 PM EDT|
|@ New Jersey||Wed 04/18||W 104 - 95|
|Boston||Tue 04/17||W 118 - 110|
|Miami||Sun 04/15||L 85 - 93|
|Washington||Fri 04/13||W 103 - 65|
|@ Milwaukee||Wed 04/11||W 111 - 107|
Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points on Wednesday night as the New York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets by a final score of 104-95. The win keeps them in the seventh spot in the NBA Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the opening quarter, giving the Knicks a 38-22 lead after the first period. It was the third game in a row that Anthony topped the 30-point mark and the sixth time in his last nine games to break that barrier. This without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin.
Deron Williams was out again for the Nets, still dealing with a sore calf. Gerald Wallace led New Jersey with 21 points. Sundiata Gaines had 18 points, and Kris Humphries had 15 rebounds on the night.
Three of the Knicks last four games are on the road, starting Friday in Cleveland. The Nets have three games left, starting Saturday in Milwaukee. They play their last game in New Jersey on Monday, April 23, before moving to Brooklyn next season.
After defeating the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks have to be feeling like the playoffs aren't far away. Beating the New Jersey Nets would take them one step closer to realizing that postseason berth.
Of course, getting that win won't be easy. The Nets have been playing better lately, sporting a 7-6 record in their last 13 affairs including a narrow three-point loss to the Heat on Monday.
However, it's the Knicks who should be playing with a certain measure of desperation. With talk of Amare Stoudemire returning on Friday, New York has even more incentive to clinch a playoff spot sooner rather than later. At least that way Stoudemire could return without pressure and ease his way back into the lineup.
The Knicks are currently lead the Milwaukee Bucks by two and a half games (two in the loss column) with the tiebreaker in hand. At this point, it would take a total collapse to miss the playoffs.
This game also has historical significance, as it will be the last time these two play each other in the great state of New Jersey. After 35 years, the Nets will be taking their act across the river to Brooklyn next year.
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
The New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 118-110 on Tuesday night to give themselves some breathing room away from the Eastern Conference playoff bubble. With the win, they moved to 2.5 games ahead of the ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks, and one game ahead of the eighth-place Philadelphia 76ers with just five games now left to play.
The Knicks led by 19 points at halftime, but slowly bled that lead over the course of the second half to allow the Celtics to eventually pull within six points with just over three minutes to play on a pair of Paul Pierce free throws. That's when Steve Novak caught fire, hitting a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Knicks back up 12 and Boston at bay for good.
Novak finished with 25 points on a lights-out performance from beyond the arc. He went 8-for-10 from distance, and the Knicks went 19-for-32 as a team. Carmelo Anthony continues to play solid basketball. On Tuesday he led New York with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. J.R. Smith also chipped in 25 points, going 7-for-10 from 3-point range in another impressive shooting display on the Garden's softer rims.
Pierce turned in the Celtics' first 40-plus point performance in 501 games, finishing with 43 on 11-for-19 shooting. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo turned yet another double-double with 13 points and 13 assists. A solid offensive display wasn't enough to overcome the team's deficit on the boards, however. The Knicks out rebounded the Celtics 36 to 26 on the night.
The New York Knicks play the first of their last six regular-season games Tuesday, as they host Atlantic Division rival the Boston Celtics for the last time during the 2011-12 season. The Knicks (31-29) will enter the contest (8 p.m. ET on TNT) in a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, two games ahead of ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks, while the Celtics are trying to win the season series against New York for the eighth straight season.
On Sunday, New York lost to the Miami Heat 93-85, however, the loss didn't hurt the Knicks when it comes to the playoff race, because both the Philadelphia 76ers and Bucks lost their respective games. New York is tied with Philly for seventh place.
Entering Tuesday's showdown, the Knicks are expecting center Tyson Chandler, who banged his knee in Sunday's loss, to play, however, star forward Amare Stoudemire is not expected to play as he's trying to recover from a bulging disc in his back. Stoudemire has been out since March 26 and could return within the next 10 days.
To catch the contest, here's the game's basic information:
Location: Madison Square Garden
Game Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Information: TNT
Radio: ESPN 1050
In a potential first round NBA playoffs preview, the Miami Heat – led by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James – beat the New York Knicks in a Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks led by four points with eight minutes remaining, as J.R. Smith knocked down a wide open three. Then the Heat went on an 18-6 run to end the game, dropping the Knicks to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference standings.
Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks led all scorers with 42 points. He was 14-of-27 from the field and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. He also added nine rebounds and five assists. It still wasn't enough, as LeBron and Wade combined for 57 points on 42 shots.
Tyson Chandler appeared to have suffered a leg injury in the second half, but returned to the game.
The Knicks (31-29) remain two games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with six games remaining.
The New York Knicks will host LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Sunday, in a matinee at the Garden. Today's game could very well be a preview of things to come in the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs. As it stands, the Heat (two seed) would play the Knicks (seven seed), if the season ended today. It's no guarantee, though, because the Sixers – who could pass the Knicks over the last few games – have the same record as the Knicks.
Sunday will be the third and final meeting between the Knicks and Heat this regular season. The Heat have won the previous two by double digits.
The Knicks will either gain or lose ground on the Sixers, who are idle today.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
|New York Knicks||59||31-28||.525|
|New Jersey Nets||61||22-39||.361|
The New York Knicks won their second game in a row and four of their last five on Friday evening by blowing out the Washington Wizards, breaking their two-game win streak, by a score of 103-65 in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are now 31-28, which puts them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and in second in the Atlantic Division. The Wizards are now 14-45, which puts them in second-to-last place in the conference and in the Southeast Division.
The Knicks were led by J.R. Smith, who came off the bench to score 23 points. Baron Davis and Carmelo Anthony added 18 a piece, as did Steve Novak, who also came off the bench. None of the other players were able to score more than eight points, but they didn't have to. The Wizards were led by Jordan Crawford, who scored 17, Kevin Seraphin, who added 12, and Roger Mason, who came off the bench to chip in 11.
The New York Knicks will look to gain ground on the seventh-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, while also fending off the ninth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, on Friday when they host the lowly Washington Wizards in NBA action at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are coming off a huge win over the aforementioned Bucks, while the Wizards will ride a two season-high two game winning streak into Friday's game.
At 30-28, the Knicks currently hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They trail the Sixers by a game and lead the Bucks by two. If New York hangs on to make the playoffs the willl likely play either the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat in the first round.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Friday, Apr 13, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT
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What makes J.R. Smith so fun and yet so frustrating to root for?
The New York Knicks got a three-point shot from J.R Smith with a minute left that put the Knicks up for good. Smith's shot stood, and the Knicks went on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks by a final score of 111-107 on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
This win was the Knicks' third in their last four games. It also puts some distance between New York and Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New York is two games ahead of the Bucks with each team having eight games remaining.
The Knicks host the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
|New York Knicks||58||30-28||.517|
|New Jersey Nets||59||21-38||.356|
The New York Knicks have played many opponents this season more glamorous than the Milwaukee Bucks. But none of those prior glamour games has carried as much weight as their outing in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
The Knicks currently sit in the Eastern Conference's eighth seed, one game behind the Philadelphia 76ers and one game ahead of Milwaukee. As such, Wednesday night's game is crucial to the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The complete 2012 NBA standings follow:
|New York Knicks||57||29-28||.509|
|New Jersey Nets||59||21-38||.356|
After a tough loss to the Chicago Bulls, a quick bounce back is needed.
New York is just one game ahead of Milwaukee for the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference. A loss would technically push the Knicks out of the playoffs because the winner of tonight's game will hold the tiebreaker.
If New York gets a victory, it would have a two game advantage with just eight games to play.
Anthony has been lighting it up as of late, scoring 43 on Sunday and then 29 points last night, but the help hasn't been there.
New York will return home after tonight to play Washington on Friday.
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
The Bulls were without star point guard Derrick Rose, who missed the contest after tweaking his ankle in the team's loss to New York on Sunday. But the Bulls are used to playing without their top scorer, as he missed 12 games recently due to a groin ailment.
Carmelo Anthony carried the offensive load for New York again, finishing with 29 points on 11-19 shooting. The Knicks remain without both guard Jeremy Lin and power forward Amare Stoudemire, who have each been shelved for extended time with their respective injuries.
The loss drops New York to 29-28, although the Knicks maintain their slim lead on Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Those two will square off on Wednesday night in what should be a highly-competitive contest with plenty at stake as the regular season draws nearer to a close.
The New York Knicks' recent success could be driving them into the 2012 NBA playoffs.
Thanks in part to a Philadelphia 76ers' skid, the Knicks are tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia, 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The full 2012 NBA standings follow:
|New York Knicks||56||29-27||.518|
|New Jersey Nets||58||21-37||.362|
If New York gets really hot and the Boston Celtics cool off due to a difficult final-month schedule, it's possible for New York to catch Boston in the Atlantic Division, which would give the Knicks the East's fourth seed. The Knicks are currently three games behind Boston.
If a NBA franchise is trying to develop a player for the future, an NBA playoff race is probably not the best to do it. That's probably why the New York Knicks decided to re-assign center Jerome Jordan to the NBA D-League on Monday.
The 7-footer, who has split time overseas but has seen a lot of the bench while with the Knicks, will play for the Erie Bayhawks. In just 19 games with the Knicks this season, Jordan averaged 4.8 minutes, 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds.
Reports have Jordan joining the Bayhawks on Tuesday, and will be avaible to play for them Saturday night against Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday. During his two previous trips to Erie, Jordan averaged 18.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg in 32.6 mpg.
The New York Knicks playoffs hopes got a boost Sunday when Carmelo Anthony's heroics helped them down the visiting Chicago Bulls, 100-99, in overtime. Can Melo' and the Knicks do it again on Tuesday? On the road no-less? That's what fans will find out, when New York takes on the first-place Bulls at the United Center (9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).
On Sunday, Anthony scored 43 points and hit not one but two big shots to propel the Knicks (29-27) past the Bulls (43-17). The victory allowed (then) eighth-place New York to cling onto a slim lead in the Eastern Conference standings, which now features the Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers (29-27) in a tie for seventh, however, both are just 1 1/2-games ahead of the ninth-place team, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tuesday's contest will be the finale in the four-game, regular-season series against these two teams. The Bulls have a 2-1 series advantage, with a 104-99 victory over New York in Chicago on April 8.
Here's the game's basic view and listening information:
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
TV Information: ESPN
Radio: 1050 ESPN
Betting Odds: Chicago is 9-point favorites.
Behind Carmelo Anthony's 43 points Sunday, the New York Knicks earned a thrilling 100-99 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls. The result helped the Knicks earn a seventh-place tie with the Philadelphia 76ers and a one-game advantage on the ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings.
The victory was also key seeing that in four of the next five games, the Knicks will face teams above .500. Here's a look at the Knicks upcoming schedule, which actually has 10 games remaining:
|@ Chicago||Tue 04/10||9:30 PM EDT|
|@ Milwaukee||Wed 04/11||8:00 PM EDT|
|Washington||Fri 04/13||7:30 PM EDT|
|Miami||Sun 04/15||1:00 PM EDT|
|Boston||Tue 04/17||8:00 PM EDT|
|Chicago||Sun 04/08||W 100 - 99|
|@ Orlando||Thu 04/05||W 96 - 80|
|@ Indiana||Tue 04/03||L 104 - 112|
|Cleveland||Sat 03/31||W 91 - 75|
|@ Atlanta||Fri 03/30||L 90 - 100|
With his team needing a miracle on Easter Sunday, Carmelo Anthony provided two of them to help the New York Knicks collect a 100-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Anthony scored a game-high 43 points, and not only made a last-second, game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to help send the contest into overtime, but, he won the game with the same type of shot with 8.2 seconds remaining in the extra session.
The victory helps the Knicks (29-27) hang on to their slim one-game lead over the Milwuakee Bucks, who are trying to surpass New York for eighth place, the last playoff spot, in the Eastern Conference standings.
New York blew a 31-19, first-quarter lead, and trialed by nine points with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, however, with the odds stacked against them, they found themselves in the game with about a minute to go.
Trailing 91-88 with 19.4 second remaining, Chicago's Derrick Rose missed two free throws and gave the a final possession, which featured Anthony making this game-tying 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds to go in the fourth. The shot helped force overtime.
In overtime, the Knicks trailed by four, 99-95, with 2:51 to play and, again, rallied behind good defense and Anthony, who made a driving layup and sank the game-winner in legendary-like fashion.
Of course, it must be noted that on New York's final possession there were three missed shots and three rebounds, two by Anthony, who collected the ball with about 15 seconds to go and pulled-up for the win.
For more on the Knicks, be sure to check out our blog Posting and Toasting along with SB Nation New York for all the latest updates and news. For more in-depth coverage of the Bulls, visit Blog a Bull.
To say a Sunday victory for the New York Knicks would be huge is a understatement. That's because the Knicks, who own just a half game over the Milwaukee Bucks for the last playoff spot in Eastern Conference, host the first-place Chicago Bulls at 1:00 p.m. on ABC.
A loss for the Knicks (28-27) would lead to a two-way tie with the Bucks (28-28) for the last postseason spot with 10 games remaining on the regular-season schedule. A victory, however, would push New York's lead back up to a full game.
On Thursday, the Knicks earned a hard-fought victory at the Orland Magic, despite not having forward Amare Stoudemire, who may return sometime next week, and guard Jeremy Lin, who's more than likely done for the season.
The Bulls (43-13) have been in cruise control all season, even though, star point guard Derek Rose has been battle back spasms, which has forced him to miss a few games. Rose is a game-time decision come Sunday's contest.
Overall, this will be the third of a four-game series between these two teams. The Bulls won the first two contests, which were both close.
The New York Knicks do not have a scheduled game for Saturday, but instead of play the Knicks and their fan base will be scoreboard watching. That's because the team behind them in the NBA standing, the ninth-place Milwaukee Bucks, is in action, as they host the Portland Trailblazer at the Bradley Center (7:30 p.m.).
A victory for the Bucks (27-28) would pull them withing a half game of the Knicks (28-27), who host the Eastern Conference' top team, the Chicago Bulls, on Sunday (1 p.m.). Including the upcoming games, the Knicks and Bucks both have 11 games remaining on their schedules.
Here's an updated look of the NBA standings:
|New York Knicks||55||28-27||.509|
|New Jersey Nets||57||20-37||.351|
Walsh purged the Knicks of several bad salaries left over from the Isiah Thomas era and built a roster with promise, but left prior to this season citing a lack of energy to deal with the job's pressures. He remained with the Knicks as a consultant and is under contract in that capacity until June 30, which is why he needed the Knicks' permission to search for new jobs.
Berger reports that Walsh is expected to be interested in the Portland Trail Blazers' vacant general manager position. It's also possible that Walsh, who spent 24 years working for the Indiana Pacers, could return to Indiana if Larry Bird decides not to return to the team following this season.
New York Knicks fans can collectively shudder on Friday, when Florida International University announced that Isiah Thomas is out as the program's head coach.
It's entirely possible that the Knicks, who currently have Glen Grunwald as an interim GM, will look to re-hire Thomas in some capacity. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that Thomas has wanted back into the NBA for some time.
Thomas was hired by the Knicks in 2010 as a consultant, but could not actually take the job because working for an NBA team while coaching a collegiate program violates NBA policy.
During his stint as New York's general manager during the mid-2000s, Thomas made a series of poor decisions that help lead the team into salary cap problems. He was ultimately named the team's head coach to deal with the roster of overpaid players which he had assembled, but after hiring Donnie Walsh as the new general manager, the Knicks parted ways with Thomas.
The New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic 96-80 after earlier in the day Center Dwight Howard faced accusations that he made statements to Orlando management he wanted coach Stan Van Gundy fired. Howard denied the statements but his actions failed to back his words as the Knicks held him scoreless in the first half. Howard finished with a line of 8 points 8 rebounds and 5 turnovers.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 19 points on 6-16 shooting. J.R. Smith also added 15 points and 9 assists in the winning effort. Carmelo Anthony is carrying the team without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin injured, Anthony is averaging 29.4 points on 50% shooting in his last five games.
The Knicks are narrowly holding down the eight spot in the playoffs with Milwaukee only a game behind them going into Thursday’s game. The Knicks had lost their previous four games in Orlando before winning on Thursday.
For much of the season Orlando was preparing itself for life without Dwight Howard, they just weren't expecting it to be because of a back injury that has shelved him for the past two games. His status remains unclear for tonight's action, but the Knicks know no Howard means an opportunity to expose a weak Orlando interior defense.
New York needs a win to increase the gap between them and Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With eight games remaining, New York sits one game ahead of the idle Bucks.
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
TV Coverage: TNT
And just like that, the John Calipari rumors are dead, maybe. Responding to rumors connecting him to the New York Knicks' coaching job next season, the coach of the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats said on Wednesday that he does not want to coach in the NBA.
In a report from ESPN, here is what Calipari had to say:
"All of those teams know I'm not doing anything," Calipari said. "I'm not changing. I'm going to continue to see my friends who coach in the NBA and see my former players who play in the NBA. I'm going to continue to go to games."
Calipari doubled down on his commitment to coaching Kentucky, the school that gave him an eight-year, $36.5 million deal in 2011. He set his sights on leading the Wildcats to overturning UCLA's record for the most NCAA national championships. UCLA has 11; Kentucky has eight following Monday's win.
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There were times during the New York Knicks' visit to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday during which the Knicks looked the better, crisper, more motivated team. However, most of those moments came in the second and third quarters, and when the horn sounded, the Knicks found themselves on the losing end of a game that could be yet another huge turning point in this most tumultuous of seasons for New York. A 17-point lead wasn't enough as the Pacers poured in 40 fourth quarter points to knock off the Knicks and drop them back to the .500 mark at 27-27.
Carmelo Anthony had his best scoring game of the season, scoring 39 points on 17-of-31 shooting, but the offense wasn't the problem for the Knicks. Sure, they became stagnant in a fourth quarter in which they only scored 17 points, and the rest of the roster largely struggled from the field. But the Knicks seemed to lose their composure and defensive intensity in the final quarter, allowing Danny Granger to score 14 of his 27 overall points.
Both teams came out of the gate on fire as the first quarter ended 31 apiece. As the shooting tailed off on both sides, the Knicks were able to open up an eight point lead heading into halftime, finishing the second quarter on a 15- run. In the third quarter, the Knicks ran everything through Anthony and had success. He looked as good and as fluid as he has all season, posting up his defenders, making jumpshots over them or driving right past them for high-percentage shots. But the Knicks let their foot off the gas just a bit and weren't able to ratchet it back up, leading to the poor fourth quarter.
It seems to be an unpopular view among Knicks fans, but the type of offense the Knicks ran tonight - through Anthony, posting him up, isolating him with mismatches - is what will serve the Knicks best the rest of the way. As long as Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire are out injured, Anthony will be the unquestioned main guy. If the Knicks are to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks for the final spot in the playoffs, the offensive performance they showed tonight will likely do.
The defense? That will have to improve.
The Knicks are currently clinging to a two-game lead for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth after winning four of their last five despite dealing with serious injuries to Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin.
The Knicks' most recent win came against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, when J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 20 points, nine rebounds and five steals to pace a 91-75 victory. Carmelo Anthony added 19 points and Tyson Chandler pitched in with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite New York's growing injury ward, Anthony predicted the team would finish strong enough to qualify for the playoffs. Anthony feels he is finally being used correctly now by interim coach Mike Woodson, whose offense provides more post-up opportunities for Anthony than Mike D'Antoni's ever did.
The month of April arrived Sunday, and that means two things: April Fools pranks and the conclusion of the 2012 NBA Season is drawing ever so closer. For New York Knicks fans the next 26 days could be some of the most stressful, as their team is clinging onto a 2 1/2-game lead for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.
On Friday, the Knicks downed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 91-75, to keep thier slim margin over the Milwaukee Bucks idle, however, there's still a lot of work to do in the next month. First, the Knicks overcome the loss of point guard Jeremy Lin, and then try to weave their way through the toughest schedule left in the NBA.
|@ Indiana||Tue 04/03||7:00 PM EDT|
|@ Orlando||Thu 04/05||7:00 PM EDT|
|Chicago||Sun 04/08||1:00 PM EDT|
|@ Chicago||Tue 04/10||9:30 PM EDT|
|@ Milwaukee||Wed 04/11||8:00 PM EDT|
|Cleveland||Sat 03/31||W 91 - 75|
|@ Atlanta||Fri 03/30||L 90 - 100|
|Orlando||Wed 03/28||W 108 - 86|
|Milwaukee||Mon 03/26||W 89 - 80|
|Detroit||Sat 03/24||W 101 - 79|
Currently, the Knicks fan base must feel confident in their team's chances as they're now 9-2 under new head coach Mike Woodson. If New York is able to hang on (or if the playoffs started on Monday), the Knicks would face the Chicago Bulls in the first round, as they would be the top seed.
However, a solid push over the next few weeks could move New York all the way up to fourth place. Here's a look at the Eastern Conference standings.
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|New Jersey Nets||54||19-35||.352|
J.R. Smith came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points Saturday to help the New York Knicks roll past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 91-75, at Madison Square Garden. The victory was a bounce-back one for New York (27-26), which still remains just two game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony added 19 points for New York, which led 81-74 with about four minutes to play and put the game away with a 7-0 run. Tyson Chandler tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Iman Shumpert added 10.
Four players for the Kyrie Irving-less Cavs scored in doubles figures, but Cleveland couldn't muster up enough offense to snap its losing streak, which now is at seven straight.
On Tuesday, the Knicks visit the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.
The short-handed New York Knicks look to rebound from a loss to Atlanta when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. (Game Time: 7:30 p.m., TV Schedule: MSG)
New York will be without Jared Jeffries (knee) and Amare Stoudemire (back), and Jeremy Lin is also expected to miss his fourth straight contest due to a sore left knee. Without the same trio Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks, Carmelo Anthony had 36 points, nine rebounds and five steals, but couldn't find enough help in a 100-90 loss. Iman Shumpert added 25 points as the only other Knick to reach double figures.
Cleveland has lost six straight, with the last five all coming by double figures. The Cavaliers' most recent defeat was a 121-84 demolition administered by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The New York Knicks were defeated by the Hawks in Atlanta's Philips Arena on Friday night by a score of 100-90. This was the first loss for the Knicks in the last four games and gives them a record of 26-26, which puts them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and in third place in the Atlantic Division. The Hawks avoided losing three in a row on Friday night and now have a record of 31-22, which puts them in sixth place and in third place in the Southeast division.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who put up 36 points in the losing effort. Iman Shumpert added 25 points, but other than those two, there wasn't a single player who was able to reach double digit points. Landry Fields was the closes by adding seven points. The Hawks were led by Joe Johnson, who scored 28 points. Josh Smith added 23, Jeff Teague added 11 and Willie Green came off the bench to chip in 20.
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Coming off their impressive victory over Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, the New York Knicks will look to gain more ground in the Eastern Conference standings as they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Friday.
The Knicks are currently third in the Atlantic Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference. They only trail the Sixers and Celtics by 2.5 games in the Atlantic, and catching both would earn New York a top four seed. However; they're only 2.5 games on the Milwaukee Bucks, who are trying to overtake the Knicks for the final Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Amar'e Stoudemire remains out with a bulging disk in his back. Jeremy Lin is also out for Friday's contest with a sore knee.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
The New York Knicks hosted the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden and more or less put on a clinic. The Magic brought their stellar 32-18 record to town, but the Knicks were attempting to stay hot, looking for their eighth win in their last night games and the victory that would put them over .500. In the end, that desire won out, as the Knicks overcame a shaky first quarter and coasted to a 108-86 win.
The Magic outscored the Knicks 29-25 in the first quarter, but after that it was all New York. In particular, the Knicks gained their momentum in a 32-12 second quarter and just kept dropping in buckets. They entered halftime with a 16-point lead and opened the second half with a stunning 29-8 run, leading by 39 at one point. The Magic began turning things around at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, going on a 22-3 run of their own, but still trailed 20 points.
The Knicks were shorthanded, playing without Jeremy Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire due to injuries. They ended up getting key contributions up and down the lineup. Steve Novak put up 16 points in 19 minutes. J.R. Smith had 12 points. Baron Davis contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert led all scorers by each putting up 25.
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The Knicks are waiting on pins and needles to find out who will be in the lineup Wednesday night, with Jeremy Lin (knee) and Carmelo Anthony (groin) both questionable. Jared Jeffries (knee) and Amare Stoudemire (back) are out for at least the next several games.
New York is trying to build off of some nice momentum. The Knicks took care of the Milwaukee Bucks - albeit in a brutal game to watch - on Monday and are looking to make it three in a row tonight.
If New York can grab a victory, it would be the first time the team is over .500 since Jan. 12th.
The Magic are well entrenched in the playoffs sporting a 32-18 record, good enough for third in the East right now only behind Chicago and Miami. Even the Dwight Howard drama couldn't bring this team down. After winning its last three games, the Knicks will have a hot team on their hands.
TV: MSG and ESPN
Time: 7 p.m. ET
With two of the New York Knicks' top players down and out with injuries, it was time for Carmelo Anthony to step up.
Despite suffering a groin injury of his own, Anthony scored 28 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in his best scoring effort in quite some time to help the Knicks to a 89-80 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. The win got the Knicks back to .500 at 25-25 and put them 2.5 games ahead of the Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
It wasn't an offensive basketball fan's dream. The teams combined for 36 percent shooting from the field and 43 turnovers. Early on, however, it looked like the Bucks might run away with the game thanks to the white-hot shooting of Mike Dunleavy. Off the bench, Dunleavy had 24 first half points, helping the Bucks to a five-point advantage at the break. At one point in the second quarter, Dunleavy had 12 straight points and the Bucks led by nine, but the second half was a totally different story. The Bucks scored just 26 points in the third and fourth quarters, with Dunleavy scoring just two.
It wasn't a brilliant shooting night for Anthony, who made eight of his 20 shot attempts, but the Knicks' best scorer found his way to the free throw line 12 times and made each one. It was the type of game the Knicks needed from Anthony, with Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin both sidelined with injuries. Stoudemire is out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back, and if he's out for a long period of time, more of the scoring load will fall on Anthony. Hopefully for the Knicks' sake, Anthony's groin doesn't become a bigger issue.
Free throw shooting in general was huge for the Knicks, as they scored just about a third of their points from the stripe. They needed it badly, given that most of the team struggled mightily from the field. Baron Davis started in place of Lin and played a season-high 34 minutes, finishing with 13 points on 3-of-12 shooting and seven assists. Davis also committed eight of the Knicks' 23 turnovers. Off the bench, J.R. Smith was only able to make three out of 13 shots, but found another way to contribute by pulling down 10 rebounds.
Just as the Knicks struggled, the Bucks (22-27) helped out with poor shooting of their own. Brandon Jennings, who usually gives the Knicks fits, attempted 22 shots but made just six. Newly acquired Monta Ellis was silent, finishing with just four points.
The Knicks can't afford to have any more of their key players miss time. Anthony figures to play through his groin injury as long as possible, just as he has all year through other nagging injuries. Whether or not the Knicks are at full strength, they'll have to win games the way they did on Monday, by grinding it out.
Amar'e will undergo non-surgical treatment on a bulging disk in his back and is out "indefinitely," the #Knicks announce.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 26, 2012
Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson was not certain that Stoudemire could return for the playoffs.
Woodson on whether Amar'e would be ready for the playoffs. "Don't know, don't know." #Knicks— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 26, 2012
Stoudemire averages 17.6 points, 8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 33.2 minutes per game for the Knicks this season. He is second on the team in scoring and rebounding this season. With the loss of Stoudemire, the Knicks are starting a three-guard lineup Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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The New York Knicks host the MIlwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden Monday night (7:30 p.m. ET, TV: MSG, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM) in a critical game. The Knicks (24-25) are 1.5 games ahead of the Bucks (22-26) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have fewer than 20 games remaining.
"That is a real big game for us. Going up against them, fighting for that eighth spot. The way we have been playing...we want to continue to keep playing. We need that game. We are going to be doing everything in our power to get that game," Carmelo Anthony told Knicksnow.
The Knicks will face the Bucks without reserve center Jared Jeffries, sidelined for the next two weeks due to inflammation in his surgically repaired right knee. Amar'e Stoudemire, who was experiencing a back issue Saturday vs. Detroit, expects to play.
Milwaukee hold the tie-breaker advantage over New York, having won both meetings between the teams thus far this season. That makes it crucial for the Knicks to stay ahead of the Bucks for the final playoff spot.
The Bucks have a new look since the last time they faced the Knicks. Prior to the trade deadline, the Bucks shipped Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson out of town for the prolific guard Monta Ellis. Ellis is averaging 13.8 points per game thus far with the Bucks. Ellis left Saturday's game in the fourth quarter with an injured hand and his official status for Monday is unknown.
The Knicks and Bucks meet Monday night in a critical game in the Eastern Conference playoff picture
The Knicks took an 11 point lead into halftime and didn't relent in the opening frame of the second half, extending their advantage to 14 heading into the fourth quarter.
Detroit, who remains several games out of the playoff picture, was led by 20 points from Ben Gordon, one of only two Pistons to reach double figure scoring.
New York next plays on Monday night, when they host the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden in a critical game for two teams jockeying for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
New York got smacked by the Toronto Raptors on Friday, 96-79, in an effort that Woodson said lacked very much "pop." It was the Knicks' first loss since Woodson took the reins from Mike D'Antoni -- the Knicks won the first five games of Woodson's tenure, four of the victories by double digits.
Detroit has lost four straight, the most recent an 88-73 blowout against Miami on Friday night. Ben Gordon missed all four of his 3-point attempts Friday en route to scoring 10 points, just two days after making all nine of his 3-pointers and pouring in 45 points against the Denver Nuggets.
The New York Knicks were unable to win their seventh game in a row on Friday night as they fell to the Raptors on the road in Toronto's Air Canada Centre. The Knicks now have a 23-25 record, which puts them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and in third place in the Atlantic Division. The Raptors avoided losing their fourth in a row on Friday night and are now 16-32, which puts them in 12th place in the conference and in fourth place in the Atlantic division.
The Knicks were led by Amare Stoudemire, who scored 17 points in Toronto. Carmelo Anthony added 12 points while Jeremy Lin was only able to chip in six. Steve Novak also came off the bench to add 15 points. The Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan, who scored 30 points against the Knicks, while Andrea Bargnani scored 21 and Gary Forbes came off the bench to add 19.
The Knicks will try to bounce back and hold on to their playoff spot on Saturday at home against the Detroit Pistons at 7:30 p.m. ET, while the Raptors will attempt to build off their win on the road in Chicago against the Bulls on Saturday night as well.
On Monday, March 12, the New York Knicks dropped their sixth game in a row and fell to 18-24 on the season. That ended up being the last game Mike D'Antoni coached for the Knicks. Now, with Mike Woodson at the helm, the Knicks are a victory away from completely erasing the previous six-game slide, and inching closer to the above-.500 mark that this tumultuous season has been a struggle for. The Knicks can get back to even and win their sixth straight since the coaching chance on Friday night when they visit the Toronto Raptors.
In this wild and zany, truncated NBA and Knicks' season, perhaps what's more important than the Knicks' exact record is where they sit in relation to the playoff race. Currently, they are 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the 8th and final playoff spot. But after beating the Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, the Knicks see a chance to snatch the division title, which would net home court advantage in the first round, and more importantly would avoid a first round matchup with the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat. The Knicks are an even three games behind the Sixers, who lead the Boston Celtics by just half a game for the division lead.
New York has turned its season around under Woodson. While who is coaching shouldn't be grounds for whether or not a professional athlete gives effort, it seems as though Woodson has prompted many of the Knicks to give more than they were under D'Antoni. Namely, the team's two star players Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have a renewed energy, and while both still aren't scoring as they're capable, Anthony and Stoudemire are both chipping in in different ways to help the team win.
On Wednesday, Stoudemire looked like his old self, throwing down acrobatic dunks, hitting jumpshots from range. Most pleasantly surprising was his block of an Elton Brand layup attempt late in the fourth quarter, a glimpse of what Stoudemire can do defensively given his supreme athletic ability. Anthony might be injured, and could be feeling the ill effects of offseason surgery as he continues to struggle with his shooting, but he's still a focus of the opposing defense and has been solid in his rebounding and passing.
The place in the lineup of Jeremy Lin was thought to maybe be in question when Woodson took over, but that seemed to be merely a media creation. And it looks as though it might have sparked Lin, who has played his most balanced ball of the season in the past week or so. Lin certainly has the skill set to play any style of point guard, and he's still essentially a rookie. In the win over the Sixers, Lin poured in 16 fourth quarter points in perhaps the Knicks' biggest game of the season.
The Knicks visit a Raptors team who knows about Lin all too well. Linsanity hit a fever pitch in Toronto on Feb. 14, when he hit a last-second three to bury the Raptors. three days ago, Lin dished out 10 assists in a one-sided Knicks victory. At 15-32, the Raptors are on the clear wrong side of the playoff picture.
With a favorable schedule coming up, the Knicks have the chance to blow past the .500 mark and stay there. But again, the real prize is the division title. With new leadership, a new voice and a renewed sense of urgency, the Knicks are beginning to set different, loftier goals.
The New York Knicks seems to be a series of phenomenons this season. This time interim coach Mike Woodson has the Knicks rolling. Woodson's team won their fifth straight game on Wednesday night, beating Philadelphia by a final score of 82-79. The Knicks are now 5-0 under Woodson.
New York controlled the boards against the Sixers. Led by Amare Stoudemire's nine rebounds, the Knicks had a total of 47 on the night, topping the Sixers' 39 rebounds.
Stoudemire also led the Knicks in scoring with 21 points, hitting eight of 14 shots from the field. Jeremy Lin finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds. Carmelo Anthony had 10 points and five rebounds.
The Knicks play in Toronto on Friday. They beat the Raptors, 106-87, on Tuesday night.
After being completely left for dead – and for good reason – the New York Knicks are back with vengeance under new head coach Mike Woodson. They will look to make it five victories in a row Wednesday evening against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Since Woodson has taken over, New York is a perfect 4-0 including two very quality wins over the Indiana Pacers.
A win tonight could push them to within one game of .500, a mark they haven’t been over since January 12th.
The Sixers have been an impressive bunch for most of the year. However, recent times haven’t been so good for Philly.
Doug Collins has watched his team drop 11 of its past 17 games including a five-game losing streak. The good news for the 76ers is they’re coming off a win against Charlotte and beat the Knicks just a week ago. Of course, this is a totally different New York squad at the moment.
Philly still owns a solid four-game lead over the Knicks in the Atlantic Division, but a New York victory could start making fans in the city of brotherly love sweat just a little.
Time: 7 p.m. ET
The New York Knicks continue to play solid ball under interim head coach Mike Woodson, as they defeated the Toronto Raptors 106-87 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for their fourth straight win. The Knicks never trailed after the 5:20 mark of the first quarter in their second win over Toronto this season.
Amare Stoudemire led all players with 22 points, adding 12 rebounds to help the Knicks to a 46-30 advantage on the boards. Jeremy Lin also had his seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 assists. Carmelo Anthony added another 17 points and eight rebounds, but shot 5-for-15 from the floor.
The Raptors were led by 17 points from DeMar DeRozan and an 11-point, nine-assist performance from point guard Jose Calderon. They couldn't overcome the Knicks' renewed defensive energy, however, turning the ball over 17 times. New York racked up 12 steals on the night.
The Knicks remain busy this week, with three games still to play. First, New York will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in a nationally-televised game on ESPN. After a day off, the Knicks close out the week with a rematch against the Raptors in Toronto before returning home to take on the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.
The New York Knicks couldn't have asked for a better start to the Mike Woodson era. Although it's an era that doesn't figure to last very long, the Knicks are 3-0 under their interim coach since he took over after the resignation of Mike D'Antoni. With 21 games remaining, the Knicks will need to keep their impressive run going if they plan on solidifying a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Heading into Tuesday's home clash with the Toronto Raptors, the Knicks own a half-game advantage over the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot. If the Knicks want to keep that spot or climb the standings, home games against teams below them in the standings have to end up as wins.
Since Woodson took over for D'Antoni, the Knicks have outscored their opponents by a total of 71 points in three games. The offense has been very balanced, as the highest single-game scoring output in the past three games was J.R. Smith's 23 mostly garbage-time points against the Portland Trail Blazers last Thursday. The Knicks have gotten production from all across the lineup, with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire shooting efficiently for the first time all season, the bench producing with the likes of Smith and Steve Novak, and the consistent presence of Tyson Chandler remaining.
There's also Jeremy Lin, who many thought would flounder with D'Antoni gone. However, Lin led the Knicks in Saturday's win over the Indiana Pacers with 19 points, and filled up the statsheet in one of the young guard's most impressive all-around performances of the season. The lineup likely would have remained unchanged anyway, but the recent hamstring in jury to Baron Davis all but ensures Lin will be the unquestioned starter the rest of the way.
At 21-24, the Knicks still have a ways to go if they plan on making any sort of deep playoff run. Any run would have to start with getting out of the seventh and eighth positions in the East, which would likely result in a first-round matchup with either the Miami Heat of Chicago Bulls. The newfound energy that Woodson's Knicks have employed should push them past teams like the Raptors, who enter the contest out of the playoff picture at 15-30. But, of course, the Knicks won't go undefeated the rest of the way. Unfortunately, their recent six-game slide that resulted in the resignation of D'Antoni put them behind the eight-ball. There isn't a lot of room for error.
Earlier this season, under D'Antoni, the Knicks lost a number of games against sub-par teams at home. Perhaps on Tuesday we'll see if the Knicks can keep the energy and effort level high when the stakes seem a bit lower.
The New York Knicks enter the week having won three games in a row since Mike D'Antoni resigned, all of them coming by double digits. Whether that's fair to the former head coach can be debated. What is less debatable is that this week has the potential to be a huge one for New York's playoff chances.
The Knicks will play four games in the next five days: two on the road and two at Madison Square Garden. Three of those games are very winnable. New York plays host to the 15-30 Toronto Raptors on Tuesday before a rematch in Canada on Friday. On Saturday, they head back to Manhattan to host the 16-29 Detroit Pistons.
Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers will be a little more difficult. The Sixers are still 4.5 games ahead of the Knicks in the Atlantic Division despite losing three of their last four. The Knicks will hit the road for that contest, which will be televised in primetime Wednesday on ESPN.
Here's the complete Knicks schedule with TV/Radio information:
Tuesday, 3/20: Knicks vs. Raptors (7:30 p.m. ET, TV/Radio: MSG)
Wednesday, 3/21: Knicks @ 76ers (7 p.m. ET, TV/Radio: MSG/ESPN)
Friday, 3/23: Knicks @ Raptors (7 p.m. ET, TV/Radio: MSG)
Saturday, 3/24: Knicks vs. Pistons (7:30 p.m. ET, TV/Radio: MSG)
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Jeremy Lin led the way for the Knicks, racking up 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. Most importantly, Lin minimized turnovers (he had just two). Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire each added 16 points for New York, who now has a half game lead over Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers were led by stud center Roy Hibbert, who contributed 24 points and 12 rebounds in a losing effort. The team struggled offensively, however, shooting just a shade over 40 percent from the field and hitting just four of 19 three point attempts.
The Knicks next play on Tuesday night, when they host the Toronto Raptors.
The Knicks recently snapped a six game losing streak following the resignation of head coach, Mike D'Antoni. So far, so good for D'Antoni's replacemen, Mike Woodson. Since Woodson took over, the Knicks have won two straight, by 42 and 15 points, respectively.
Friday night the Knicks beat the Pacers by 15 in MSG, led by an extremely balanced scoring attack, with five players scoring at least 12 points. On Saturday, both teams will make the trip to Indiana, where the Pacers will look to exact revenge for Friday and defend their home floor.
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Pacers are four-point favorites, Over/Under is set at 198.5 points
Mike Woodson for mayor!
Not quite, but the interim coach of the New York Knicks has two blowout wins in his first two games at the helm. Two nights after pasting the Portland Trailblazers hours after Mike D’Antoni resigned from his coaching post, the Knicks responded with a 115-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks, who improved to 20-24 on the season, were boosted by Tyson Chandler, who co-led the team in scoring with 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds and playing at a +23 clip. But much like the win over the Blazers, this one was over early.
The Knicks jumped out to a 50-31 halftime lead, playing efficiently on offense and defending the way their fans hope they would under Woodson. Two games is not nearly a legitimate sample size, and the Knicks have faced two offensively-challenged teams since the coaching change, but the defensive effort in these first two games has been there. Offensively, the Knicks spread things around. Carmelo Anthony had just 12 points, but did chip in with seven rebounds and five assists despite making just four of his 12 shot attempts. Amare Stoudemire only notched 8 points.
There were reports earlier Friday that Woodson might soon replace Jeremy Lin at starting point guard. But in the two games under Woodson, Lin has been very efficient offensively. Tonight, he finished with 13 points and five assists, taking just seven field goal attempts and turning the ball over three times. Lin will have to continue his solid play, as Baron Davis left the game with a hamstring injury in perhaps the only negative for the Knicks all night.
The Knicks and Pacers get right back at it on Saturday, this time in Indianapolis.
New York Knicks guard Baron Davis left the team's game against the Indiana Pacers Friday night with an apparent tweaked hamstring and will not return. Davis, the backup to point guard Jeremy Lin, is no stranger to injuries at this point in his career, as he has already sat out seven weeks this season with a back injury.
Davis is currently averaging 4.5 points per game and 5.6 assists per game while playing 17.3 minutes per game.
There is no timetable yet for when Davis will be able to return.
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The New York Knicks will play game two of the post-Mike D'Antoni era on Friday against the Indiana Pacers. Following the resignation of Mike D'Antoni, the Knicks smashed the re-building Portland Trail Blazers by 42 points in Madison Square Garden.
The Pacers are also coming off a blowout victory, as they impressively dropped 111 points and shot 57 percent from the floor against the Philadelphia 76ers' number one ranked defense on Wednesday night.
At 19-24, New York is locked in a dead heat with the Milwaukee Bucks – who recently acquired Monta Ellis in a trade with the Golden State Warriors – for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The Knicks are hoping a coaching change will be the spark they need to lock up a playoff spot.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Betting Line: Knicks are four-point favorites, Over/Under is set at 199 points
The New York Knicks' up-and-down season was up again on Wednesday night. Less than 12 hours after head coach Mike D'Antoni, the Knicks used an aerial assault from outside the arc to beat the Portland Trailblazers by a final score of 121-79.
The Knicks hit 19-of-38 three-points shots as interim head coach Mike Woodson watched from the bench. The Trailblazers hit just five of their 17 shots from outside the arc.
Carmelo Anthony, in the middle of today's Knicks firestorm, finished with 16 points, two rebounds and seven assists. He hit three of his six three-point shots. J.R. Smith led the way with 25 points, 21 of which came on three-pointers. Steve Novak had 20 points, and Jeremy Lin finished with six points and six turnovers.
Six straight Knicks losses have given way to a growing "Fire Mike D'Antoni" movement, and the New York Post reports that Carmelo Anthony has joined the movement. A source with knowledge of Anthony's opinions told the Post's Marc Berman that Anthony would like a trade if D'Antoni is not canned soon.
The Knicks have lost all six of their games in March after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 29. During that time the team's defense has faltered severely and its effort has come into question.
Portland has been in a state of disarray itself, with players reportedly wishing for coach Nate McMillan to be fired after the team patched together numerous blowout losses in the past few weeks.
The New York Knicks dropped their sixth straight contest Monday, as they lost at the Chicago Bulls 104-99 in an Eastern Conference showdown. The loss knocked New York out of the playoff picture and has fans searching for answers.
Well, after the game Monday, star forward Amar'e Stoudemire gave his opinion on what the Knicks should do to start turning things around.
"We got to be in early, got to get ourselves mentally prepared, in the weight room, getting our bodies ready, watching film,’’ Stoudemire said. "Joking around has to stop at some point, especially at a time when we’re the eighth seed and not playing well. The time is now. There’s no time for fun and games.’’
Those are strong words coming from Stoudemire, who's basically calling out teammates for not caring about losing. Now, one has to think that if this is the case, and players aren't taking things seriously enough, then head coach Mike D'Antoni's job is on the line. [See: The Mike D'Antoni Watch]
Once a head coach loses his players' focus and attention, then a move needs to be made. It seems that Stoudemire is trying to get the attention for his teammates.
The New York Knicks lost their sixth straight game Monday night, falling to the Chicago Bulls 104-99. The Knicks hung tough through three quarters, heading into the fourth down one point. Derrick Rose was too strong down the stretch, however, scoring 10 of his 32 points in the game's final stanza and dishing out seven assists.
The Bulls went on an 8-2 run inside the 5-minute mark to effectively put the game out of reach for the with the help of effective defense. New York shot 46.3 percent from the floor, but needed to be much more efficient to overcome a 56-38 rebounding advantage for the Bulls. Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony had 10 and eight boards, respectively, but got little help from their teammates. Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah combined for 23 boards on their own.
Anthony led the Knicks with 21 points, but needed 8-for-21 shooting from the floor to get there. Amare Stoudemire scored his 20 points more efficiently, but added just three rebounds. Jeremy Lin was abused, as many are, by Derrick Rose. He ran the offense well for the most part, however, with 15 points and eight assists to three turnovers.
The Knicks dropped to ninth place in the Eastern Conference after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the New Jersey Nets on Monday. New York closes out the week with home games against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
New York (18-23) has been in a total tailspin since embarking on its four game road swing starting in Boston. The Knicks have played absolutely no defense lately, surrendering 100-plus points like it's going out of style.
As Walt "Clyde" Frazier would say, the matador D can't continue. New York is facing one of the best in the NBA tonight with Derrick Rose and his crew waiting at the United Center.
Chicago (34-9) ranks second in points allowed and seventh in scoring, so the Knicks don't have much leeway. If New York is going to win, it must contain Rose who is 22.5 points and eight assists per contest. The defending MVP once again has his team engaged in the title talk with his fine play.
If the Knicks are going to be taken seriously in 2012, the days for excuses are over. The talent is there, it's high time the victories follow.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
The New York Knicks hosted the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon. While Linsanity may not quite be over, it appears to be on the wane at the very least. The Knicks and Jeremy Lin continued their struggles on Sunday and wound up taking the loss, 106-94.
The Knicks fell behind at halftime and a massive 38-24 third quarter for the 76ers helped seal the deal for the visitors. Jeremy Lin had 14 points and seven assists, along with three rebounds and two steals, but also allowed six turnovers. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 22 points. Lou Williams of the 76ers led all scorers with 28 points in 28 minutes.
The Knicks are now just 2-7 since Anthony rejoined the team. Their record at Madison Square Garden falls to 11-10 with the loss.
The reeling New York Knicks get a chance to get back on the winning track Sunday (Noon ET, MSG, NBA TV) when they host the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks just completed a road trip during which they lost all four games, falling to 18-22 on the season.
The struggling Knicks are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, holding on to the final playoff spot. The Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers are just two games behind the Knicks. Philadelphia (24-17) is 5.5 games ahead of the third-place Knicks in the Atlantic Division.
The Knicks are just 2-6 since Carmelo Anthony rejoined the Knicks lineup, joining Jeremy Lin. The Knicks should get a boost today as center Tyson Chandler is expected back in the lineup after missing two games. Backup center Jared Jeffries is not expect to play.
"We have a long way to go as a team but we have a lot of good pieces," forward Steve Novak said. "If we're just able to blend those and figure it out, by the end of the year were going to be tough."
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The Knicks will return home after losing 120-114 to Milwaukee. New York went 0-4 on its road trip and will now face more questions about being a legitimate playoff team.
The New York have lost three consecutive games and have fallen four and half games out of first place in the Atlantic Division. Currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks only lead the nine-seed Bucks by three games, who they face Friday night in Milwaukee.
A fourth straight loss to the Bucks would trim the Knicks' lead to two games. Like the Knicks, the Bucks have struggled as of late, losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Knicks are 7-12 on the road this season.
Previous Games: 100-86 W
Time: 8:30 EST
Betting Line: Knicks are 2-point favorites; Over/Under is 205 points
Place: Bradley Center
As fast as the New York Knicks seemed to rise when Jeremy Lin took over the team’s point guard duties, they’re falling even that much quicker since the All-Star break, and the return of Carmelo Anthony to the lineup from injury. New York is just 2-5 since Anthony rejoined the fray, including losing its last three games overall. The Knicks (18-21) will try and snap that streak on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks, a team the Knicks generally struggle against.
Despite the Knicks’ poor record since he returned to the lineup, that isn’t to say that Anthony is solely to blame. The absence of difference-making Tyson Chandler on Tuesday against the Spurs was visible, and it showed that the Knicks simply aren’t the same defensive team without their starting center. Lin’s play has been more erratic (some will say that’s because Anthony is back) while Amare Stoudemire continues to find his way out of a shooting funk. The Knicks’ second unit, which looked so dangerous in the team’s last win — a blowout victory over the Cavaliers last week — has leveled off a bit.
Everything seems to start and end with Anthony, and that’s to be expected of the best player on every NBA team. While he isn’t totally at fault for the Knicks’ recent losses, there’s no doubt that the team’s record with and without him this season is one he probably isn’t too proud of. As dynamic an offensive player in the league when he want to be, Anthony simply hasn’t gotten going all season and is shooting a career-low from the field. The popular opinion is that Anthony and Lin don’t mesh, and that Anthony is a shoot-first player who doesn’t keep the ball moving. Those observations are fairly lazy at best, but when your team struggles with you and thrives without you, you’re going to hear some unfair and off-base criticisms. Simply, Anthony needs to be more efficient and start making more of the shots he does take. When that happens, the Knicks will all of a sudden look like a complete basketball team.
The Bucks (15-24) are currently three games behind the Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee has won 11 of the past 13 meetings between the two teams. Point guard Brandon Jennings is averaging 20.1 points a game against New York and is 7-1 in his career against them. Many though the Knicks were wrong to draft Jordan Hill over Jennings in the 2008 NBA Draft, when they could have used a young talented point guard. Jennings doesn’t seem to have forgotten, and usually makes the Knicks pay.
The New York Knicks lost their third game in a row on Wednesday night as they were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs on the road in AT&T center. The Knicks are now 18-21, which puts them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Atlantic Division. The Spurs, who bounced back from a loss to the Denver Nuggets, are now 26-12, which puts them in second place in the Western Conference.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony's 27-point performance while Jeremy Lin added 20 and Amare Stoudemire scored 18. J.R. Smith also came off the bench to add 18 points as well. It wasn't good enough to stop Tony Parker and the Spurs, though. Parker put up 32 points while Tim Duncan added 17 and Manu Ginobili added 17 off the bench as well. Even though the Spurs turned the ball over 17 times to the Knicks' 10 times, Parker, Duncan and a great performance from the bench held the Knicks off.
After losing the first two games of their four game road trip, the New York Knicks will try to salvage some semblance of respectability against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night.
New York is coming off of a defeat against the defending champion Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki started off slow, only shooting 1-of-8 from the field in the first half. However, the second half was a different story as he poured in 24 points to lead Dallas to a 95-85 victory.
New York also saw its troubles continue at the foul line. The Knicks shot 15-of-23 from the stripe. Even more concerning, they turned the ball over 16 times, adding to their league-high total.
The Spurs won't be easy to beat with that type of performance. Even though San Antonio has been alternating wins and losses of late, they're a top team. The bad news with that streak is tonight should be a victory by that metric.
The Spurs are also a very tough team to beat at home with a 14-3 record.
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
An early fourth-quarter run fueled by their bench made it close, but the New York Knicks were unable to build enough momentum to avoid falling to the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night at American Airlines Center.
Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 28 points, while Amare Stoudemire powered the Knicks (18-20) with 26. Carmelo Anthony scored just six points on 2-for-12 shooting, his lowest total since Feb. 6 against the Utah Jazz, when he was injured six minutes into the game.
Dallas (23-17) led by as many as 15 points and held a 77-63 lead entering the fourth quarter, but Steve Novak (13 points) and Iman Shumpert (five points, three assists and three steals) fueled a run with New York's second unit that put the Knicks ahead 78-77 with 4:54 remaining in the game. In fact, the Mavericks didn't score in the fourth quarter until Nowitzki nailed a 14-foot jumper at the 4:33 mark.
But as quickly as they had developed momentum, the Knicks lost it as the Mavericks built a 14-0 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes.
New York will remain in Texas Wednesday night for a game against the San Antonio Spurs (25-12). Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points Sunday against Boston, Amare Stoudemire added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin shook off an early bout of sloppiness to come through with some late-game heroics, but the Celtics used an otherworldly triple-double from Rajon Rondo to prevail 115-111.
It was New York's fourth loss in its last seven games. Oddly enough, the Knicks don't have a single winning streak or losing streak during that span -- they have alternated wins and losses for the past eight outings.
Dallas has lost five out of six, including a 95-91 defeat suffered against Oklahoma City on Monday. Despite the Mavericks' uneven play, Dirk Nowitzki has been particularly stellar, averaging 28.7 points in his last three contests.
It was a valiant effort, however, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were too much Sunday for the New York Knicks, who lost 115-111 in overtime at the TD Garden. Piece netted a game-best 34 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer that helped force an extra session with less than 5 seconds to go in regulation, while Rondo tallied a monstrous triple-double (18 points, 20 assists and 17 rebounds) to propel the Boston Celtics (19-17) to a their fourth straight victory.
Down eight points to begin the fourth quarter, the Knicks rallied behind Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony, who's bucket with 35 seconds to go gave New York a 101-100 lead. After a defensive stop and two free throws from Steve Novak, the Knicks led by three, but Pierce pulled the trigger on a contested 3-pointer and nailed it.
In overtime, the deciding factor was Rondo, who netted five points and dished out two assists, and the Knicks poor shooting, which featured missing their final eight shots.
Anthony finished the game with a team-best 25 points, while Amar'e Stoudemire tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds. Lin scored seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and dished out just four assists.
The New York Knicks will be trying to string consecutive victories together for the first time in almost three weeks Sunday, as they visit the Boston Celtics in a Eastern Conference Atlantic Division contest at the TD Garden (1 p.m. on ABC). The Knicks (18-18) have traded wins and losses in their last five games since having their Jeremy Lin-led, seven-game winning streak end, Feb. 17, while the Celtics (18-17) are shooting for their fourth straight victory.
Both teams are basically neck and neck in the Eastern Conference standings, which features New York in eighth place, the last playoff spot, and Boston in seventh, just a half game ahead.
On Wednesday, the Knicks overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to down the Cleveland Cavaliers, 120-103. Lin had a bounce-back performance with 19 points and 13 assists.
Meanwhile, the Celtics will be trying to take the lead in this season series, which featured New York winning the opener, 106-104, on Christmas Day, and Boston earning a 91-89 win on Feb. 3.
Boston enters Sunday's match up as 1 1/2-point favorites.
For more than a full half of basketball, the New York Knicks seemed stuck in the All Star break.
A 17-point deficit in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-20) put the Knicks (18-18) in an early hole, but a 34-point turnaround in the second half culminated in a 120-103 win at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 22 points and also added five rebounds and four assists, while Jeremy Lin began the second half of the season on a strong note with 19 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and only one turnover.
Trailing 61-49 at halftime, the Knicks spurred their comeback by outscoring the Cavaliers 33-19 in the third quarter. Steve Novak was especially critical in bringing New York Back, adding 17 points off the bench on 6-for-9 shooting (5-for-8 from 3-point range). Tyson Chandler notched his 12th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while also playing inspired defense for the great majority of his 31 minutes on the floor.
Along with Chandler, Amare Stoudemire's 14 points gave New York a strong inside presence. The Knicks outscored the Cavaliers 68-46 in points in the paint, though New York was also able to push the ball up and down the court in the second half. The Knicks scored 17 fast break points to the Cavaliers' 10, and Cleveland's 17 turnovers played a significant role in that disparity. Chandler finished with three steals (as well as four blocks), while Iman Shumpert also added three with heavy on-ball pressure.
The Knicks have the rest of the week off before traveling to Boston to play the Celtics Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Knicks gradually slowed down prior to the break, losing three out of five entering All-Star weekend after the initial surge of Linsanity resulted in seven consecutive wins. The most recent loss, a 102-88 thumping at the hands of the Miami Heat on Feb. 23, seemed to reveal some of New York's old demons, with the ball occasionally stopping in one player's hands on offense while four bystanders watched from afar.
But after Jeremy Lin's incredible emergence, there is still plenty of hope in the Big Apple heading into the season's second half. Lin stood up from the end of New York's bench and announced himself to the world, putting the Knicks firmly into the playoff race while quickly becoming an international symbol of hope. Next, he must learn to cut his excessive turnovers and continue learning how to co-exist with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.
The Cavaliers have dropped two straight, including a tough, 86-83 defeat to Boston on Tuesday night. Rookie Kyrie Irving continued to impress Tuesday, scoring 24 points in the defeat.
The Miami Heat had all the answers for Jeremy Lin, who had his toughest struggle since taking over the starting point guard role of the New York Knicks. The Heat took over late in the first half and dominated throughout the second hald, en route to a 102-88 win, the Heat's eighth straight victory, all by double-digits. Lin finished with just 8 points and 3 assists on 1-of-11 shooting, with 8 turnovers. Carmelo Anthony has a team high 19 points but on just 7-of-20 shooting, while Amare Stoudemire finished with 13 points, only two of which came after halftime. On the other hand, Miami's Big Three all did their part with LeBron James scoring 20 points with 9 rebounds and 8 assists, while Chris Bosh scored 25 points and Dwyane Wade 22 as the Heat improved to 27-7.
Lin was unable to get anything going for the Knicks' offense all night. Shortsighted fans will point to this game and say the Knicks, 17-18, are nowhere near competing at the top of the Eastern Conference, and perhaps that's true. But many will also say that this game is proof that all the Linsanity was just a temporary thing. It's likely that the reality of the situation falls somewhere in the middle, and chances are that this could be the most important game for Lin's overall, long-term development. It's also worth noting that the Heat did aa good defensive job overall, and Lin's backup, Baron Davis, struggles just as much in dealing with the Heat's pressure defense.
The game started frantically. It was a first half that seemed to rattle Jeremy Lin, and the Knicks struggled early to find offense. The Knicks turned the ball over early and often, allowing the Heat to do what they do best, get out in transition. However, when the Knicks were able to get the Heat to play half-court offense, the teams were on a much more level playing field. Amare Stoudemire kept the Knicks in the game in the first half, with 11 timely points, and the Knicks' bench did better than the Heat's reserves, namely, Steve Novak hitting all three of his 3-point attempts. But Miami forced 15 turnovers in all in the first half, and used a late run to take a 51-47 lead heading into the break. The second half didn't offer any respite, as the Heat got their half court offense going and starting hitting shots, especially Bosh.
The All-Star Break couldn't come at a better time for the Knicks who need two things desperately that the break will give them; rest and practice time. In just three weeks, New York has totally changed as a team, and they need time together to build chemistry. While the microscope will mostly fall on Lin, Anthony and Stoudemire, there are the late additions of J.R. Smith and Baron Davis who still need to assimilate. Lin has proved that he can win games at the NBA level, and that hasn't changed because of one bad performance against the league's best team.
There is plenty of time after the All-Star break for the over analysis and discussion of whether the Knicks are for real or not. Eventually, their performances will speak for themselves. Until then, though, the Knicks are where they most need to be at this very moment, off the basketball court and resting.
The mindset of the Knicks fan will go one of two drastic ways heading into the All-Star Break, and it all hinges on tonight's game between New York and the Miami Heat. If Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony can go into South Beach and halt the Heat's seven game demolition streak? Cue the deliriousness! The Knicks would officially be one of the league's top teams and a true contender in the East. Oh, but a loss. A loss, especially one in which Lin and/or Anthony don't play well and the Knicks are run off the floor? Well, this whole Carmelo Anthony thing just is never ever going to work.
Truth is, and I know this sounds like me just raining on the hype parade for this mid-season basketball game, Thursday's game between the Knicks and the Heat is not a referendum, so it shouldn't be dealt with as such. The Knicks can just as easily win this game and lose a bunch coming out of the All-Star break, or vice versa. It's still just about the midway point of a wacky season with plenty of games to be played. Yes, the Knicks and their fans want to see Carmelo Anthony play as he's capable of. The Knicks' 99-82 blowout victory over the Hawks on Wednesday was nice, but Anthony has just 26 points in his two games since coming back from injury and joining the Linsanity. When the Knicks play good teams when it matters (like, the playoffs), Anthony is going to have put up more than 15 or so points. Chances are, for the Knicks to beat the Heat tonight, that's also the case.
The Knicks all of a sudden are a very deep team with a bench that can light it up. There are deadly shooters on the Knicks' bench like J.R. Smith and Steve Novak, there's a veteran point guard in Baron Davis who will continue to round into shape, and there's a defensive stopper in Jared Jeffries. But as any NBA team, the Knicks need to follow the lead of their best players, and even with Lin's recent rise, the Knicks' best players are Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Both of them are in the midst of incredibly sub-par seasons by their standards, and tonight would be a good time for both of them to flip the switch and put together a vintage performance.
Miami is in the middle of a great stretch, a seven game winning streak in which they've essentially blown out each of their opponents. LeBron James is enjoying a ridiculously good season, on pace to put together one of the best overall statistical campaigns in the history of the sport (currently at 27.6 points, 6.8 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game). And oh yeah, there is Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, too.
The Knicks and Heat have played once this year, with the Heat prevailing by 10, but the game took place BL (Before Lin). This will no doubt be the toughest test for Lin yet, on the road against the league's best and hottest team. Lin, so far, has not shown any aversion to the brightest lights, as perhaps his best overall performance this season came last weekend on national television against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. But as the Knicks felt like they were on top of the world after beating the Mavs, they followed it up with a loss to the underwhelming Nets the next night. Just as the win over Dallas didn't make the Knicks world beaters, a victory over the Heat wouldn't either.
Don't get me wrong, it would sure be sweet to knock the Heat off heading into the All-Star Break. Perhaps it would give the Knicks a confidence boost heading into the second half. But more importantly, you want to see the Knicks' real superstars start playing like them. Tonight would be a good time to start.
The New York Knicks picked up a 99-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. It looked more like an extra practice session ahead of a Thursday night trip to Miami for a tilt with the Heat ... and that other NBA super star, you know the one.
Headline writers everywhere should have no trouble coming up with an appropriate header for tomorrow's papers after Jeremy Lin's 17-point performance led the team. He added nine assists and two rebounds, before spending a sizable portion of the second half resting on the bench.
Lin's scoring was only part of the story as the Knicks' defense built a wall around the basket in the first half. They allowed the Hawks to score just 35 points in the first half of the game, a season-best for the Knicks. Atlanta also turned the ball over a season-high 24 times, which the Knicks turned into 30 points.
Steve Novak tied Lin's 17-point pace thanks, supplying the long-distance artillery with a five-for-10 performance from outside the three-point line. Carmelo Anthony, Landry Fields and J.R. Smith also scored in double figures for New York. It was only Smith's second game with the Knicks.
The win moves the Knicks to 17-17 with the All-Star break on the horizon. They trail Philadelphia by 3 and a half games in the Atlantic Division. Thursday night's game against the Heat figures to be one of the most-watched games of the season and a new chapter for Linsanity.
With the 2012 NBA All-Star Game just around the corner, many New York Knicks – namely Jeremy Lin – could really use a break. And while Lin, as well as Carmelo Anthony, will be a part of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, there’s a difference between playing meaningful games and doing interviews and making appearances. The four-day break will be huge but, before that, the Knicks have two huge games, beginning tonight when they host the Atlanta Hawks. It should be a very interesting test for these new Knicks, as many figure them to be better than the Hawks.
The 19-13 Hawks are once again hanging around the middle of the Eastern Conference. It seems like they’ve been the same team every year for the past three or four seasons. They’re simply not talented enough to join the conversation for the top of the East, but are clearly better than the non-playoff teams. The 2011-12 Hawks have been impressive, if not for any other reason, in that they’re enjoying a successful season without their best overall player, Al Horford, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Joe Johnson is scoring less (17.6 points per game) than he ever has since joining the Hawks in 2005-06, but Josh Smith continues to follow the under-the-radar motif, nearly averaging a double-double with 16 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. The game will pit two of the league’s top-10 teams in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions); the Knicks rank sixth, the Hawks ninth.
Knicks fans want to see their team head into the All-Star Break on a high note, and the only real way to do so would be to beat the Hawks tonight and the Miami Heat on Thursday in South Beach. It’s a tall order, especially Thursday against the best and hottest team in the league. But first things first. All eyes again will be on Carmelo Anthony, who came back from injury on Monday night as the Knicks fell to the Nets. Anthony had just 11 points, and while rust was certainly an issue, many are going to continue to be skeptical that Anthony can seamlessly re-join the team without disrupting their ever-growing chemistry under Lin.
On the road at Miami on Thursday will present a tough environment for Lin, Anthony and the Knicks to work out the kinks, so a good performance tonight against the Hawks could go a long way toward easing the fears of Knicks fans, the media, and the team heading into the second half of the season.
Deron Williams scored 38 points before fouling out with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 100-92 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Jeremy Lin was relatively subdued by Williams and the Nets defense, needing 18 field goals attempts to get to 21 points on the night. Unfortunately for New York, Lin was unable to prove that he could go left with much consistency, nor that he could win at the side of Carmelo Anthony.
Melo was back on the court after spending seven games sidelined with a groin injury. He didn't appear limited, playing 37 minutes. He had just 11 points in his re-debut, going 4-for-11 from the field. The hope is that Anthony still needs time to shake off the rust and build chemistry with his new point guard. Until then, questions will persist whether the two players can coexist.
Of course, Williams played a major role in the Nets win too. He hit a career high eight 3-pointers for the game, and scored 18 points in the third quarter to help put New Jersey up 82-64 heading into the final stanza. New York mounted a miniature comeback after Williams fouled out. Down 13, they drew to within six points with 12 seconds left in the game. They ran out of clock, however, giving the Nets their second win in three games.
Kris Humphries was aggressive in the lane on both ends throughout the game, hauling in 14 rebounds to go with his 14 points. MarShon Brooks also added 18 points. For the Knicks, Landry Fields had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Amare Stoudemire pitched in 17 points, as well.
The last time the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets played, on Feb. 4, Jeremy Lin was a seldom-used point guard who came off the bench to have a career night. It was a nice story. Now, on Feb. 20, Lin is an international superstar who has saved the Knicks' season and turned them from also-rans into contenders in the NBA's Eastern Conference. After a thrilling 104-97 victory on Sunday over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, the Knicks (16-16) try to get over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 6-5 after a loss on Jan. 12.
And while Linsanity was born against the Nets (9-24) just a few weeks ago, the Knicks today look a lot different. After Lin led the Knicks to an improbable win that night, nobody really knew what Jeremy Lin would be. Chances were it was just a career night, and the Knicks would still be searching for a point guard while they toiled away at the basement of the Eastern Conference. Instead, Lin has enjoyed one of the most impressive runs of anybody in the league, and he's completely transformed the Knicks back into a Mike D'Antoni-type team; a lot of possessions and a run-and-gun style that heavily features the 3-point shot. The Knicks have added J.R Smith, who had 15 points in his Knicks debut on Sunday. All of a sudden, the Knicks are a very deep and talented team that is a force to be reckoned with. On Monday, the biggest question of all gets its first test: How will Carmelo Anthony fit back into this new-look, Lin-led Knicks team?
Interestingly enough, Anthony featured in the birth of Linsanity, the Knicks' win on Feb. 4 over the Nets. It wasn't pretty, as in 35 minutes he went just 3-of-15 from the field and finished with 11 points. But Anthony is the one who vouched for Lin to play originally, and many forget that Anthony has played with very good point guards in the past -- most notably Andre Miller and Chauncey Billups during his time in Denver. Anthony, who has missed the Knicks' last seven games with a groin injury, now has something to prove, which could be a scary thing for opposing teams.
Jeremy Lin netted 16 of his team-best 28 points in the second half, including a huge 3-pointer with 2:57 remaining in the game Sunday, to help the New York Knicks down the NBA's defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks, 104-97 at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon.
Lin dished out a game-best and career-high 14 assists and paired with 3-point sharpshooter, Steve Novak, to combine to shoot 7-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc (Lin 3-for-6) and help the Knicks earn their eighth victory in nine games. The Knicks (16-16) are now 7-1 with Lin as the starting point guard and have reached the .500 mark for the first time since Jan. 7.
Newly acquired forward J.R. Smith played 30 minutes and tallied nine of his 15 points in the first quarter, while Novak tallied all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter. Tyson Chandler added 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while veteran point guard Baron Davis suited up but did not play.
The Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki ended the game with 34 points, but again, the story was Lin, who made big play after big play, including this steal and dunk in the third quarter.
Lin and the Knicks are at it again Monday, as they host the New Jersey Nets (7:30 p.m. on MSG).
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Jeremy Lin has tallied a team-best 12 points and dished out five assists, while newly acquired forward J.R. Smith made three first-quarter 3-pointers for a total of nine points to help the New York Knicks earn a 48-45 halftime advantage over the Dallas Mavericks in a inter-conferee NBA game at Madison Square Garden.
Smith, who just signed a few days ago and was questionable to play Sunday, made an immediate impact making three of his five 3-point attempts, the last giving the Knicks a 27-18 advantage with 2:16 to go in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Lin seems to be doing everything right and doing so while committing just one turnover.
Meanwhile, Knicks veteran guard Baron Davis has yet to see the floor and may do so only during garbage-time minutes.
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Two more players will be wearing a New York Knicks jersey Sunday, as it's being reported that veteran point guard Baron Davis and newly acquired forward J.R. Smith will suit up for an inter-conference contest (1 p.m. ET on ESPN) against the NBA's defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks, at Madison Square Garden.
Though, both players will be in Knicks' uniforms it's not guaranteed that both players will step on the hardwood.
J.R. Smith and Baron Davis will dress today. Smith more likely to play. Melo is out.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) February 19, 2012
Early Sunday morning, Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News was reporting that Davis, who missed New York's first 31 games because of a herniated disk in his back, was expecting to see playing time, however, Knicks' head coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't making any promises before the game
If it's a blowout one way or the other, Baron Davis could play today, D'Antoni said. "He's anxious to play." #Knicks— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 19, 2012
"To me it's more probable tomorrow." - D'Antoni on Baron— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 19, 2012
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Star forward Carmelo Anthony may not be in the New York Knicks lineup Sunday to help point guard Jeremy Lin take on the defending NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks, at Madison Square Garden (1 p.m. ET on ESPN), but veteran point guard Baron Davis and newly acquired forward J.R. Smith could be.
That's good news for the Knicks (15-16) who're trying to bounce-back from Friday night's 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets Friday, which proved that it will be tough for Lin -- who netted 26 points but committed a season-high 10 turnovers -- to win on his own. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Knicks, who currently hanging on to the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
If Davis, who signed a one-year deal Dec. 19 but hasn't played because of a herniated disc in his back, can play he'll bring more leadership and talent off the bench, while Smith, who had been playing in China and signed with the Knicks just a few days ago, is a 3-point shooting threat.
Meanwhile, the Mavs' (20-11) enter Sunday's contest winners of their last 17 of 19 and have a five-game winning streak at MSG.
Dallas star forward Dirk Nowitzki has been on a roll lately, averaging 24.3 point per game and shooting 50.0-percent from the field in the last eight games. On Friday, Nowitzki scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half of the Mavs' 82-75 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire both scored 26 points, but that was not enough to carry the New York Knicks to their eighth-straight victory and to a record above .500 on Friday night, as they lost at home to the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85. The Knicks now fall to 15-16, which should keep them in eighth place in the Eastern Conference (third place in the Atlantic Division) while the Hornets now have a record of 7-23, which still keeps them at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Tyson Chandler added 10 points to the Knicks' total, and Iman Shumpert came off the bench to add nine. The Hornets were led by a 25-point performance from Trevor Ariza. Marco Belinelli added 17 and Greivis Vasquez scored 15. Every Hornets starter scored at least 12 points while the Knicks had two starters who scored less than five points.
The Knicks play their next three games at home and on Sunday they host the Dallas Mavericks in Madison Square Garden at 1 p.m. (ET). The Knicks should have Lin, Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony against the Mavericks, which should help them bounce back from their close loss to the Hornets.
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The New York Knicks left Boston on Friday, Feb. 3 after a crushing defeat to the Celtics. They were 8-15. The season was slipping away, and any loss thereafter could have ended Mike D'Antoni's tenure as Knicks head coach. Despite playing in back-to-back games, the Knicks had to wake up on Saturday and gear up for another game, at home to the Nets. It didn't start well. The Knicks found themselves down 12 points early.
Enter Jeremy Lin.
Now a victory on Feb. 17, exactly two weeks since that loss in Boston, and the Knicks will find themselves above the .500 mark. Calling it a stunning turn of events would be a gross understatement. A winning record at any point during the season seemed like a long shot those two short weeks ago. Now at 15-15, the Knicks host the struggling New Orleans Hornets as basketball's hottest team, with the unlikeliest of players leading the way.
There's really no rational explanation for what's happened to the Knicks, and for Lin's success in leading them on this streak. But numbers are numbers, and the only true way to quantify this thing is to look at the Knicks' record. Quite simply, they're 7-0 since Lin started getting serious minutes. His numbers have been astounding during this seven-game stretch: 24.4 points per game, 9.1 assists per game, and even his 4 rebounds per game is impressive. He's totally saved the Knicks' season, his coach's job, and a fanbase's sanity.
Of course the elephant in the room is the Knicks' prized possession, Carmelo Anthony, and since Lin's surge the question has been whether or not Anthony can assimilate himself back into the team without disrupting the good karma. Amare Stoudemire has returned from bereavement the past two games, and the Knicks haven't missed a beat, even if Stoudemire hasn't exactly lit it up yet. The Anthony-Lin tandem fears have been quelled a bit in the past few days, as reports have surfaced -- and have been confirmed by Lin -- that Anthony vouched for Lin to get playing time before the Linsanity all started.
Since coming to the Knicks, Anthony has earned the reputation as a ball-stopper. It's not completely unfounded, but there's also a reason for it, especially Anthony's play early this season. What Lin's insertion has shown is that every basketball team on earth is going to be better with competent point guard play. In today's NBA, great point guard play can make an otherwise mediocre team a good one (see the Boston Celtics with Rajon Rondo). It can make a good team a great one (see the Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose). Where Lin falls in that discussion and where the Knicks can ultimately be remains to be seen, but the idea that Anthony will struggle with Lin is a flawed one. Anthony had his best seasons in Denver playing with Chauncey Billups and Andre Miller.
Anthony is unlikely to feature against the Hornets (6-23) as he recovers from a rash of injuries. He's expected back on Sunday when the Knicks host the Dallas Mavericks, which will pose the biggest threat to derailing Linsanity yet. But before Sunday, Lin cam help take the Knicks from 8-15 all the way to 16-15 in just two short weeks. After that, who knows. But why stop now?
Jeremy Lin could hardly duplicate his game-winning heroics from Tuesday night in a return to the Garden to start a five-game home stand. Nevertheless, Lin did not disappoint in his hero's welcome on Wednesday as the confident New York Knicks dispatched the visiting Sacramento Kings by a final score of 100-85 for their seventh consecutive victory.
Setting aside the catchy names, round-the-clock coverage and a nation that has yet to have their fill of sports' latest Horatio Alger tale, Lin and the Knicks built up a 77-55 lead over the Kings after three periods of play. In cruise control for the final frame, they allowed the Kings to score 30 to their 23. Is was hardly enough.
Landry Fields led the Knicks with 15 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. He was one of five New York players to score in double figures.
Still, the night belonged to Lin, who showed no visible signs of strain from a packed house that nearly brought down the roof multiple times with a cannonade of adoration. Lin had 13 assists to go with 10 points and five rebounds. The Kings, by comparison, had a total of 15 assists through the entire game. The Knicks' dominance was enough that Lin rested on the bench for much of the second half, staying fresh for tougher matchups in the week ahead, including games against Atlanta, Dallas and Miami.
The win moves the Knicks to an even 15-15, one game behind Boston in the Atlantic and five games back from Philadelphia, who the Knicks will not see until March 11.
Linsanity continues on Friday when the Knicks host New Orleans.
Jeremy Lin is about to get another hero's welcome. Tickets on the secondary market for Wednesday's game between the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings have skyrocketed amid the chaos and Linsanity of Jeremy Lin's dramatic 3-point game-winner a night ago in Toronto. Scoring the final six points in the game, Lin and the Knicks' improbable run reached six straight games, and now the Knicks (14-15) are just one victory away from reaching the .500 mark, a plateau that seemed perhaps unreachable for the rest of the season just two weeks ago.
Jeremy Lin is about to get another hero's welcome. Tickets on the secondary market for Wednesday's game between the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings have skyrocketed amid the chaos and Linsanity of Jeremy Lin's dramatic 3-point game-winner a night ago in Toronto. Scoring the final six points in the game, Lin and the Knicks' improbable run reached six straight games, and now the Knicks (14-15) are just one victory away from reaching the .500 mark, a plateau that seemed perhaps unreachable for the rest of the season just two weeks ago.
At this point, the task of trying to explain this whole thing is becoming impossible. The main question heading into last night's game was how the return of one of the Knicks' stars, Amare Stoudemire, would affect the synergy built during the Lin renaissance. It certainly wasn't seamless; Lin turned the ball over eight times, many coming in the first half, and the Knicks did not play well as a team to get down 17 points to an underwhelming Raptors side. The Lin-Stoudemire tandem needs more than just one game to be fairly judged, but Stoudemire did finish with 21 points and 9 rebounds, an impressive performance given the circumstances -- he's still going through a personal tragedy with the loss of his older brother just 10 days ago.
Stoudemire and Lin do figure to be a perfect pick-and-roll fit, and they should get a good chance on Wednesday against the Kings to flourish, as Sacramento (10-18) is one of the league's worst defensive teams. They rank last in the league in points allowed per game (101.3), and are fourth-worst in defensive rating (108.2 points allowed per 100 possessions). The Kings can certainly score the ball, with talented offensive players in Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton, but one thing that's been overlooked during the Linsanity is the play of the Knicks' defense.
In the Knicks' past two wins, last Saturday at Minnesota and Tuesday in Toronto, the Knicks have given up 11 and 12 points in the fourth quarter, respectively. A huge reason for that has been the defensive play of Iman Shumpert who, understandably given the way Lin dramatically scored the final six points, probably played as important a role as anyone in the Knicks' victory over the Raptors. Shumpert's pickpocket of Jose Calderon and ensuing dunk to bring the Knicks to within three points in the final moments was the exclamation point to a dominant fourth quarter defensive performance. Calderon had 25 points in the game's first three quarters while mainly being guarded by Lin. The Knicks switched Shumpert on to Calderon (props to Mike D'Antoni). Calderon finished the game with 25 points.
Tyson Chandler pulled down two huge offensive rebounds late in the game, including on the Knicks' final possession to allow Lin to make his now famous 3-pointer. Stoudemire played a very good second half after an understandable sluggish start, converting a few crucial fourth quarter hoops.
The simple point is, and what should perhaps be the biggest story of all, is that Lin's insertion into the lineup has made the Knicks a better team. It sure sounds corny and cheesy, but Lin has inspired every Knick to dig a little deeper and work just a bit harder. Some guys, like Jared Jeffries or Tyson Chandler didn't need the push, but Landry Fields and Shumpert look miles better and more motivated in the past six games. Amare Stoudemire has no choice but to buy in and start scrapping too. Carmelo Anthony, when he gets back? Same thing, no choice.
And that of course remains the elephant in the room. But it's a discussion for another day, as soon as that may be. For another day, let's all just enjoy the ride.
The legend of Jeremy Lin grew exponentially on Tuesday night. After Iman Shumpert missed a 17-footer that would have put the New York Knicks up two points with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Tyson Chandler hauled in the rebound and kicked the ball out Shumpert who gave the ball back to Lin at midcourt. Lin held the ball until there were under six seconds remaining on the clock, dribbled up to the 3-point line, and calmly nailed the game-winner in front of a sagging Jose Calderon with .5 seconds left.
Lin scored the final six points of the game for the Knicks. A minute before his last-second heroics, he was fouled by Amir Johnson on a hard drive to the basket. Lin got the bucket and the free throw to tie the game. He finished with 27 points and 11 assists. More importantly, he helped the Knicks to their sixth straight win.
Jeremy Lin hit a 3-pointer with .05 left Tuesday night to give the New York Knicks a 90-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks were down 11 points heading into the fourth quarter of Monday night's game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. You can watch the Linsanity here.
Lin scored the final six points of the game, none bigger than the last three. Iman Shumpert missed a 17-footer with 21 seconds left in the game, but Tyson Chandler corralled the rebound giving the Knicks a chance at the final shot of the game. Lin took control of the ball just in front of midcourt, dribbling the clock down from about eight seconds. He spotted up in front of a sagging Jose Calderon and drained the three.
Shumpert may have made one of the biggest plays of the game just before Lin's late-game run. With the Raptors up five, he stripped Calderon and took the ball down the court for an easy two. Despite Calderon's late gaffes, he actually out-dueled Lin for much of the night, scoring 25 on 11-for-17 shooting in addition to his nine assists. Lin finished with 27, going 9-for-20 from the field to get there. He had 11 assists, along with eight turnovers.
Amar'e Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds for New York.
The Jeremy Lin Show is going international! The newly reborn, hottest-story-in-sports New York Knicks visit the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night looking for their sixth straight win. Their winning streak began when Jeremy Lin started earning big minutes 10 days ago. However, Lin and the Knicks have done this without those two guys who were considered their superstars until Lin burst onto the scene. Almost comically, now people are wondering whether Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, who will make about a combined $33 million to play basketball this season, can find a way to co-exist with a guy who was playing in the D-League a few weeks back. The world of sports is funny.
But it's actually a valid question, and we get our first snippet of that on Tuesday in Toronto as Stoudemire is expected to be back in the lineup. He's missed the Knicks' past four games, grieving the death of his older brother last Monday. Anthony got hurt early in the Knicks' win over Utah, the same day Stoudemire left the team, and since then the Knicks have looked like totally different team. Quite frankly, they've looked like the type of basketball team Mike D'Antoni dreams of. With Lin running the point, the Knicks have been playing constant pick-and-roll basketball, and Lin's ability to get inside the lane has opened up acres of space for the other Knicks to operate. Who's benefited (other than D'Antoni, James Dolan, Madison Square Garden and Knicks fans)? Steve Novak, Landry Fields and Iman Shumpert, who have all seen their games rise dramatically since Lin's insertion.
All 'Linsanity' All The Time
And out of the "who can buy in" race, most point to Stoudemire over Anthony as the one who should have no issues. The Steve Nash comparisons are the main force behind that, as Stoudemire has proven he is compatible with a solid point guard in a pick-and-roll system. He's one of the best at-the-rim finishers in the league, and conventional wisdom says that Lin's ability to drive the lane and create easy baskets for others will allow Stoudemire to get plenty of looks from about 5 feet. Lin and Stoudemire should thrive together, right? Of course, Lin coming out of nowhere to lead the Knicks to five straight wins and earn a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated went against everything conventional wisdom is about, so tread carefully.
The Raptors (9-20) are a team that wants to slow things down, which is now the opposite of how the Knicks will look to run things with Lin. An interesting thing to keep an eye on is that the Raptors are the team with most fouls in the league. That could point to a rough and tumble type of defense (Toronto ranks in the middle of the pack in most major defensive categories), but it's a factor the Knicks could look to exploit in their favor. New York has scored more easy baskets in the past five games than seemingly all year, much thanks to Lin's insertion and the renewed ball movement by the entire offense. With Stoudemire back, Tyson Chandler down low and Lin getting into the lane, the Knicks could prove to be a handful for a Raptors defense without a game-changing presence in the middle.
Eventually, we'll see how Lin meshes with both Stoudemire and Anthony, who have yet to play well together consistently since Anthony became a Knick last February. Perhaps Lin could be the missing piece that makes the whole thing work. Or maybe his style, the style the Knicks have played without Stoudemire and Anthony, is so diametrically different from what those two know that it simply won't work. It remains to be seen, and tonight we get our first if not yet complete look at it.
Anthony, who has missed every game of New York's Linning streak, said he's content with allowing Lin to be New York's primary ball handler while he returns to the role he knows best -- score, score score. (via ESPN)
"When I get back Jeremy will have the ball in his hands and I'm playing off of that," Anthony said on Monday.
There has been some speculation that Anthony and Lin will have trouble sharing the same ball. Some of the speculation makes sense: Lin and Anthony are fourth and fifth in the NBA, respectively, in usage rate, a stat that measures how often a player finishes his team's possessions. They both like the ball in their hands.
Anthony hears the questions, but he's not worried.
"When I'm reading the stuff, it's more funny than anything because at the end of the day I know what I bring to the game, I know what I bring to this team," Anthony said on Monday after missing practice due to a strained right groin. "My teammates know that. But to say, 'How can I fit in?' It's easy; give him the ball and space out. I get back to doing what I know how to do best. So we'll see."
"I know there's questions about, 'Can I fit in?' and stuff like that, but this is like a dream come true to me," Anthony said. "It takes some pressure off of me. I don't have to play point guard. I don't have to try to get Amare 20 points, try to get this guy 20 points, me try to go out there and get 25-30 points a night, play defense, rebound do the whole thing."
"I don't think I want to take that away, I don't think Coach wants to take that away," Anthony said. "But at the same time, I have to get away from the ball knowing that Jeremy is the guy with the basketball, and knowing that he can create for me, for Amare, for everybody else and make other guys better."
We have reached the point where Carmelo Anthony is now discussing how he'll fit in with Jeremy Lin. It's a Lin-sane world we live in, indeed.
From relative unknown to the Eastern Conference's top performer in just one week.
Jeremy Lin's heavenly seven days were recognized by the NBA on Monday when the Knicks point guard was named the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week.
Lin averaged 27.3 points and 8.3 assists to lead New York to a 4-0 record, all in the first four starts of his NBA career. He scored 38 points and added seven assists during a victory Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers, tallied 23 points and 10 assists in a win Wednesday against the Washington Wizards, and drilled the game-winning free throw while contributing 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The incredible performances -- which came after New York seriously considered releasing the Harvard grad -- spawned a national Lin-fest, a phenomenon that has already resulted in approximately 75 million Lin features and this awesome website, among much else.
Behind 20 points from point guard Jeremy Line, who knocked down the game-winning free throw in the closing moments, the New York Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98, in a inter-conference contest Saturday. The win marked the fourth straight for New York, which hasn't lost since Lin entered the starting lineup, and has started a nationwide frenzy over the Asian-American phenom.
Over at SI.com's NBA page there is four columns written about Lin, the Harvard University grade from Palo Alto, CA. Here's a brief look at the features on Jeremy Lin.
"As Steve Nash sees it, Jeremy Lin's incredible path from the bench to breakout star is a good, old-fashioned sports story: an underdog athlete playing well, sparking excitement and leading a struggling franchise to victories. It's not, as some have surmised, a story of Nash's old coach, the Knicks' Mike D'Antoni, finally finding a Nash-esque point guard to plug into an offensive system that is making this mania happen."
"For all of their star power, for all of their wealth, the man who may save the Knicks' season earns the NBA minimum, sleeps on his brother's couch and less than a month ago wore a uniform with "Erie" across the chest."
"Linsanity," as his growing legion of fans from all over the world are calling it, had been sparked by Lin's unexpectedly exciting play. The driving and dishing of an NBA castoff has led to three straight wins for a Knicks team badly in need of a positive vibe and good point guard play."
It wasn't exactly dropping 38 points on the Kobe Bryant-led Lakers, but Jeremy Lin drilled the second of two free throws as time wound down in regulation to put the New York Knicks on top in their 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
Lin struggled from the field, hitting just eight of 24 field-goal attempts, but connected when his team needed him most. Lin ended up with 20 points and eight assists, and the Knicks have now won each of the four games in which he has started. More impressively, Lin and the Knicks got the job done without their top two players, as Carmelo Anthony continues to rest his groin injury and Amare Stoudemire remains with his family as they mourn the loss of his brother, who was tragically killed in a recent car accident.
The Knicks struggled to contain Minnesota's Kevin Love, who finished with 32 points and 21 rebounds, but held the Timberwolves to just 11 fourth quarter points.
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The New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers at home in Madison Square Garden in a battle of East Coast versus West Coast by a score of 92-85 on Friday night. This is the Knicks fourth game in a row and gives them a record of 12-15, which puts them ninth place in the Eastern Conference and in third place in the Atlantic Division behind the 76ers and Celtics. The Lakers, on the other hand, have lost four of their last five games and have a 15-12 record, which puts them in seventh place in the Western Conference and in second place in the Pacific Division behind the third place Clippers.
The Knicks were led by a 38-point performance by guard Jeremy Lin, who is becoming the NBA's Twitter version of Tim Tebow (see Super Lintendo and Linsanity). Jared Jeffries scored 11 and Iman Shumpert came off the bench to add 12. The Lakers were led by a 34-point performance by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, who scored 16. Matt Barnes also came off the bench to add 11 points.
The Knicks will look to win their fifth game in a row on Saturday night at 8 p.m. (ET) on the road in Minnesota against the Wild. The Lakers will look to get back to their winning ways on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET) in Toronto against the Raptors.
The 11-15 New York Knicks will host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, who played last night against the Celtics on TNT – a game they won in overtime by a final score of 88-87. The Knicks have won three consecutive games – mostly without the services or their dynamic duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, thanks to second-year, undrafted point guard, Jeremy Lin of Harvard.
During the three game winning streak Lin is averaging a shade over 25 points per game. The depleted Knicks will once again be without Melo and Amare for tonight's game. "Linsanity" may lose some steam because the Lakers surprisingly allow the least amount of points to opposing point guards this season at 15.9 per game.
Here is all the information you need to find the game tonight.
Game Date/Time: Friday, February 10, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: ESPN, MSG
Spread: Lakers are three point favorites
Jeremy Lin, where you have been all season?
The second-year point guard sensation notched the first double-double of his career Wednesday night as the New York Knicks (11-15) won their third straight in a 107-93 win against the Washington Wizards (5-21) at the Verizon Center. Lin finished with 23 points and 10 assists in his second game since being inserted into the starting lineup. Tyson Chandler led New York with 25 points (two shy of his career-high) and 11 rebounds, two nights after being limited to just 22 minutes of playing time and 10 points due to foul trouble.
The Knicks started slow in being outscored 23-17 in the first quarter, but scored 35 points in the second to lead 52-46 at halftime. With the Knicks once again without Carmelo Anthony (groin) and Amar'e Stoudemire (death in the family), Lin was efficient (9-for-14 shooting from the field, 5-for-6 from the free throw line) and played a critical role in distributing the ball (New York had just eight turnovers compared to Washington's 12).
Steve Novak also continued his string of breakout performances, scoring 19 points for the second consecutive night on 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 5-for-9 from 3-point range.
For Washington, John Wall almost hit 30 points for the second straight night. Wall finished with 29 points and six assists, while Trevor Booker finished with 17 points. No other Wizard scored more than nine points, due in large part to foul trouble limiting JaVale McGee (eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks) and Nick Young (seven points and four rebounds).
Friday night, the Knicks will go for four straight wins against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. The Lakers travel to Boston Thursday night, which could bode well for the Knicks as the latter end of back-to-back games has been a persistent issue for teams in this shortened season.
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Jeremy Lin is the newest darling of New York sports. His two straight head-scratching, uplifting and potentially season-saving performances have earned him a great nickname and social media meme (Linsanity), and some of the first positive press the New York Knicks (10-15) have seen this season. Eventually, Lin won't keep putting the Knicks' on his back and dominating his NBA opposition. But with the Knicks severely shorthanded when they visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, is it too much to ask Lin for one more?
Amazingly, after a whirlwind couple of days for Lin, he finds himself as perhaps the Knicks' most important player at the very moment. Carmelo Anthony was declared yesterday to be out for 1-2 weeks with a strained groin, and Amare Stoudemire is understandably out for the game while he continues to grieve with his family in Florida upon the passing of his older brother on Monday. With Anthony leaving the Knicks' last game on Monday against the Jazz after just six minutes, the Knicks had to patch together a lineup -- a lineup that will likely resurface on Wednesday. Lin will earn his second career start, while Jared Jeffries will replace Stoudemire again. Who comes in for Anthony is up for discussion; it could be Iman Shumpert, Bill Walker, or even Steve Novak.
The Knicks and Wizards (5-20) have met once prior this season, also in Washington on Jan. 6, a last-second win for New York. On Monday, the Wizards snapped a four game losing streak in beating the Toronto Raptors in overtime after blowing an 18-point 3rd quarter lead. Interim coach Randy Wittman took over for Flip Saunders, who was fired on Jan. 24, and the Wizards' modest 3-5 record since then actually marks an improvement.
The Knicks are trying to win three straight games for the first time in nearly a month, and are also trying to snap a four-game road winless streak. Aside from hosting the Los Angeles Lakers in their next game on Friday, New York has a fairly favorable schedule upcoming. They are in a position where they have to keep beating teams they should, even if they are shorthanded as they are tonight. That might be a tough position to put Lin in after just two good games, but it's one he finds himself in nonetheless.
He couldn’t do it again, could he? Actually, Jeremy Lin one-upped himself.
A new Madison Square Garden star has been born over the past two Knicks games, and it’s a diminutive second-year point guard from Harvard. After catapulting the Knicks to a crucial win on Saturday with 25 points, Jeremy Lin led a severely shorthanded New York team to a 99-88 win over the Utah Jazz (13-10) on Monday, notching a career high 28 points and 8 assists. The Knicks have been clamoring for competent point guard play, and at the moment they’ve found their new starter in the least likely of places.
The Knicks (10-15) came into the game shorthanded, and six minutes in they found themselves decimated. Amare Stoudemire was at home in Florida after the tragic passing this morning of his older brother Hazell, and Carmelo Anthony strained his groin halfway through the first quarter. Lin, who earned his first career start, suddenly found himself having to run the offense without a safety net.
With their main offensive weapons missing, the Knicks’ defense had to be good and it certainly was in the first half. The Knicks had nine steals before halftime, which helped launch them to a 13-point advantage at the half. A main component of that was the Knicks’ bench, led by Steve Novak who hit five 3-pointers in the game for a season-high 19 points. The third quarter saw the Jazz get back into the game, setting up a fourth quarter that the Knicks easily could have given away. With Tyson Chandler in foul trouble and their thin bench being severely stretched out. But that’s when Lin again took over the game as he did on Saturday. A clearly confident Lin hit a huge three-pointer with the shot clock expiring to put the Knicks up 95-96, essentially icing the game.
Aside from Lin and Novak, the Knicks also got some under-the-radar good performances from others. Jared Jeffries finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds and also took five charges. In his post-game press conference, Mike D’Antoni staunchly defended Jeffries, saying that fans who boo him "need to re-examine a few things in their life". Jeffries surely is one of the Knicks’ best glue guys, and he has played a huge role in their past two wins.
Despite being in foul trouble, it’s pretty incredible when you realize the effect Chandler had on the game. In just 22 minutes, he led the Knicks with a +18 rating, finishing with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
The Knicks now have a legitimate chance at winning three straight, as they visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Will the Linsanity continue?
The Knicks' season was saved on Saturday night by a second-year point guard out of Harvard. Jeremy Lin's career game gave the Knicks their most exciting moment of the season since an opening day win over the Celtics. That probably says more about where the Knicks are as a team in this 2011-12 season, but regardless, Lin helped the team stave off an embarrassing three-game losing streak and perhaps momentarily saved Mike D'Antoni's job. On Monday night, Lin and the Knicks (9-15) try to repeat their performances and create a winning streak when they host the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.
The Jazz have been one of the many surprises in the NBA this season, as they got out to a hot start and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in their last game. At 13-9, they are in a position not many prognosticators thought they would be. They're a team with legitimate size and bangers down low, with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and former Net Derrick Favors featuring in a formidable frontcourt. Jefferson has been a handful for the Knicks over the years, as he's averaging 25.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in his past three outings against the Knicks. This year's version of the Knicks has become a better defensive team, largely in part to the addition of Tyson Chandler, who will certainly endure the task of trying to slow down Jefferson.
It will be interesting to see how the Knicks' lineup and rotation is affected by the sudden and shocking emergence of Lin. It's unreasonable to expect another performance like what we saw on Saturday against New Jersey, but Lin does give the Knicks a little bit of what they've been lacking at the point guard position. And for that, he should get more big minutes on Monday. Lin at least has the ability to drive the lane and break down the defense, which Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert haven't been able to do for the most part. It will be a tough proposition tonight for Lin, as the Jazz's large frontcourt will pose a big threat if he can get to the lane. That's where the onus will fall on who it should -- not Lin -- but Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, who still need to consistently step up their respective games. The Knicks will only go as far as their stars take them, and despite his play Saturday night, Jeremy Lin is not one of them.
When the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets got things started at Madison Square Garden, no one could have guessed who the hero would have been. Instead of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoundemire or Deron Williams, it was little-used guard Jeremy Lin that owned the World's Most Famous Arena as the Knicks downed the Nets, 99-92.
The Harvard graduate came into action on Friday with a career average of 2.8 points per game, but he led all scorers Saturday night with a career-high 25, including some nifty baskets in the paint that brought the Garden faithful to their feet for most of the night. With just over two minutes remaining and the Knicks up six, Lin split defenders Deron Williams and Kris Humphris, drove for a three point play and shared a bow with Anthony.
The Nets were led by Williams' 21 points and 11 assists, though shockingly he couldn't keep up with Lin down the stretch. Kris Humphries added 20 points and 12 rebounds while Jordan Farmar poured in 19 off the bench. A Nets reserve had a career-high as well Saturday, with rookie Jordan Williams scoring 10 points in 26 minutes.
Lin hit on 10-of-19 shots from the field, handed out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. Arguably more important than any of those numbers was his ball security, as the point guard had just one turnover in 35 minutes of action.
After being released by the Golden State Warriors in December and spending some time with the Houston Rockets, Lin has now turned in the game of his life and if the chanting of "Jer-e-my" by the Garden crowd is any indication, will be a fan favorite going forward.
Keeping things simple after his performance, Lin broke down how the Knicks came out on top.
"We play hard, we play together and we're just thankful to get out of here with a win."
New York has now taken five games in a row from New Jersey.
The Nets and Knicks will face off tonight in Madison Square Garden. Both teams will be playing on short rest as they look for their ninth win of the season.
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