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  1. Pacers collapse in fourth quarter, Knicks win in rout to even series

    May 7, 2013, 10:54 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    It all started with 3:05 left in the third quarter. The Pacers had been on a 10-4 run and had taken a two-point lead — Indiana had the momentum. Game 2 of this second round series was starting to look a lot like Game 1, when the Pacers beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.…

  2. Preview: Knicks can win Game 2, they just need to do what Bernard King said

    May 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EST

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony reacts after he was called for foul against Indiana Pacers in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks are not going to change who they are Tuesday night. After the Pacers beat the Knicks in Game 1 Sunday, when the Pacers size and physicality up front proved a problem for the Knicks, there was some talk of them going big (starting Kenyon Martin at the four and bumping Carmelo Anthony to…

  3. Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn defends his lone vote for ‘Melo for MVP

    May 6, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James received 120 of the 121 first place votes for MVP — he was one vote short of being the first ever unanimous pick. The person who cast the lone dissenting vote was the very good, very well respected NBA writer for the Boston Globe Gary Washburn, who defended his vote Monday in the…

  4. Surprisingly it’s Pacers offense that is too much for Knicks in Game 1

    May 5, 2013, 7:34 PM EST

    David West, Roy Hibbert

    A lot of the focus in the Indiana vs. New York series was strength on strength — could the very good Pacers defense slow the very good Knicks offense? And they did slow it, they frustrated Carmelo Anthony, but the Knicks still got their points. However, it was the other end of the court that…

  5. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks

    May 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, David West

    SEASON RECORDS Indiana: 49-32, three seed in the East New York: 54-28, two seed in the East. PLAYOFF RECORDS Indiana: Beat the Atlanta Hawks 4-2 New York: Beat the Boston Celtics 4-2 SEASON SERIES The teams split the season series, each winning two games apiece. KEY INJURIES Amar’e Stoudemire has been out for the Knicks…

  6. After giving back most of a 26-point lead, Knicks get Game 6 victory to close out Celtics

    May 3, 2013, 11:06 PM EST

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after hitting a shot against Celtics during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    In each of the first three games of the series between the Knicks and the Celtics, all of which were New York victories, Boston managed to put together a horrific half of offensive basketball. The trend that subsided for two games returned for Game 6 back in Boston, and that was more than enough for…

  7. Knicks/Celtics Game 6 all about ‘Melo, New York

    May 3, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green

    We know exactly what we are going to get from the Boston Celtics in Game 6 Friday night — they are going to defend hard, Kevin Garnett is going to crash the boards and get his points, Paul Pierce will create looks for himself. They will scrap, that’s what champions on the verge of elimination…

  8. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

  9. J.R. Smith says he’s done wearing black after Knicks ‘funeral’ stunt (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks actually wore all black to the arena for Game 5 against the Knicks on Wednesday, in preparation for the “funeral” they were hoping to see involving the Boston Celtics. Those were Kenyon Martin‘s words in advance of the game, when he told teammates to “Wear black. Funeral Colors.” The stunt obviously backfired, as…

  10. Celtics take care of business against unprofessional Knicks, force a Game 6 back in Boston

    May 1, 2013, 10:47 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks looked every bit like the second best team in the East that they were all season in getting out to a three games to none series lead against the Celtics, winning those games by 14, 16, and 17 points. Maybe the success came too soon, and too easily. After dropping Game 4 in…

  11. J.R. Smith says series with Celtics would be over if he hadn’t been suspended for Game 4

    May 1, 2013, 2:26 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Celtics managed to extend their first round playoff series with the Knicks for at least one more night after gutting out an overtime victory in Game 4 on Sunday. J.R. Smith was suspended for that one due to the elbow he threw at Jason Terry in Game 3, and speaking to reporters after practice…

  12. Celtics forced Game 5, but can they really win it?

    May 1, 2013, 2:23 PM EST

    New York Knicks Anthony reacts after a foul was called during NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    J.R. Smith said that if he had played in Game 4, this series would have been a sweep. Argue that if you want — quantum physics tells us there are alternate universes where he plays and the Knicks both and lose. We all care about this timeline, where Smith is back for Game 5 at…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: Jason Segel was a high school teammate of Jason Collins

    Apr 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EST

    US-PREMIERE-THIS IS 40

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Stephen Curry loves the three ball. • Jason Segel — you know him…

  14. Boston lives to see another day, beat Knicks to force Game 5

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Terry celebrates game winning shot against New York Knicks during overtime NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    What was it going to take for the Celtics to beat the Knicks in games this series? 1) A strong defense that contained a powerful Knicks offense. Like holding them to 34.4 percent shooting. Check. 2) Not letting Carmelo Anthony take over a game, force him into inefficient isolation shots. Such as 10-of-35 shooting. Check.…

  15. Do Celtics have one complete game in them? More likely Knicks break out brooms Sunday.

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    How many times have we seen this the last couple games of the Boston/New York series: The Celtics set their defense and for the first 15-17 seconds of the clock the clog everything the Knicks want to do. Their on-ball defenders are in the Knicks faces, their defensive rotations are sharp, there are no good…

  16. J.R. Smith suspended one game for elbow he landed to the face of Jason Terry

    Apr 27, 2013, 11:28 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    If the Knicks are going to complete their sweep of the Celtics on Sunday, they’ll have to do it without Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith. Smith has been suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow and striking the chin of Jason Terry late in New York’s Game 3 win in Boston, the…

  17. J.R. Smith ejected late in Game 3 for elbow to the face of Jason Terry (VIDEO)

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:19 AM EST

    Woodson JR Smith

    The Knicks had no trouble with the Celtics on Friday, but J.R. Smith found some individually in the fourth quarter of his team’s Game 3 win in Boston. With just over seven minutes remaining, Smith was isolated with the ball on the wing, with Jason Terry defending. Terry aggressively swiped at the ball, and Smith…

  18. Knicks continue to dominate Celtics, take a 3-0 series lead

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Celtics are doing everything they can to compete in these playoffs, but the results haven’t been there, for a variety of reasons. Playing in Boston for the first time since the tragic Marathon bombings, there wasn’t a lack of inspiration or emotion for the Celtics heading into Game 3. As has been the case the…

  19. J.R. Smith turned down more from Lakers to be Knick. Will he leave money on table again?

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    J.R. Smith can opt out after this season and become a free agent. And he will. We knew that already but his father basically confirmed that to the New York Post. Then threw in an interesting tidbit — Smith had a bigger offer on the table from the Lakers but took the Knicks deal anyway.…

  20. Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ‘the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game,’ as Mark Jackson says?

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:44 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

    Warriors point guard Stephen Curry just completed the best 3-point shooting season of all time (3.6 3-pointers made per game, 45.3 3-point percentage), and Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson had a pretty good year outside the arc, too (2.6, 40.1). Mark Jackson even called them “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the…

  21. Report we all expected: J.R. Smith to test free agency

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EST

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    Strike when the iron is hot. It’s not just advice for blacksmiths; it applies to NBA free agency as well. The iron is never going to be hotter for J.R. Smith, the freshly minted NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 18.9 points per game and was one of the key reasons the Knicks…

  22. The Extra Pass: Lakers and Warriors forced to juggle lineups, Knicks do so by choice

    Apr 24, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Warriors’ starters last night – Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson – played one minute together during the regular season. The Lakers’ Game 1 starters – Steve Blake, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace – had never before shared the court. Such is life without…

  23. Celtics look to Garnett, Knicks look to ball movement to spark offenses in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Game 1 of the Celtics vs. Knicks played to form — the Celtics’ physical and aggressive defense made it hard for the Knicks to score, but Boston struggled even more on offense putting up just 8 points in the fourth quarter and falling 85-78. But for the Celtics there was one real reason to be…

  24. Knicks to get Pablo Prigioni back in starting lineup

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:20 AM EST

    Pablo Prigioni

    In the face of Boston’s defense taking away their first option on Saturday, the New York Knicks offense often reverted to a lot of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith isolation. Which isn’t good. The Knicks still won, but that was more about the inept Celtics offense in the fourth than what the Knicks offense started…

  25. Chris Paul’s game-winner at the buzzer sends Clippers to Memphis with a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:38 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul scores the game-winning basket against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Grizzlies may have given their best shot to the Clippers in Monday’s Game 2, correcting virtually all of the mistakes they made in the first game of the series. Thanks to the buzzer-beating heroics of Chris Paul, however, everything Memphis had wasn’t good enough. L.A. pulled out the thrilling 93-91 victory…

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