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  1. Video: Kings’ Johnson hits game-winning three to beat Knicks

    Dec 29, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    James Johnson, Aaron Brooks

    Now that is drama. The Knicks almost completed an amazing comeback win — down 27 in the second quarter they came all the way back to lead by two points with less than 20 seconds to play. One basket probably seals the win but DeMarcus Cousins reads the Knicks play — Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler…

  2. Goran Dragic out Friday thanks to flagrant foul from J.R. Smith

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic will miss the Suns game on Friday in Indianapolis against the Pacers, and is questionable for the team’s next one in Minnesota, thanks to a nasty fall he took late in the first half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Knicks. Dragic suffered multiple injuries on the play, including to his elbow, wrist,…

  3. Carmelo Anthony to miss second straight game with knee injury

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after teammate Marcus Camby fell into him, after going to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game due to the knee injury he suffered in the Knicks’ Christmas Day loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. Marcus Camby rolled into Anthony’s knee inadvertently, causing Anthony to say he “kind of hyperextended” it afterward. New York will be without Anthony’s services in Sacramento on Friday,…

  4. PBT Podcast: Nets coaching search, Clippers win streak, flagrant fouls, and Celtics talk with A. Sherrod Blakely

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the recent firing of Avery Johnson by the Brooklyn Nets, and where they go from here in terms of finding a replacement that will live up to the extremely high expectations that management has for this team, whether justified or not.…

  5. Video: Dwyane Wade kicks Ramon Sessions in the… er… groin

    Dec 27, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Heat Bobcats Basketball

    Dwyane Wade tries to play this off as unintentional, but you watch that video and tell me he didn’t just try to kick Ramon Sessions in the place a man least wants to be kicked on Wednesday night. To use the hockey terminology, is that a “distinct kicking motion?” I’ll say this — Sessions reacted…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: James Harden leads dramatic Boxing Day finishes

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, James Harden

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of all the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while wondering exactly what you’re going to do with the Salt-N-Pepa salt and pepper shakers you got for Christmas…. Rockets 87, Timberwolves 84: James Harden is making quite the All-Star case, and making the Rockets look more and more…

  7. J.R. Smith hits the game-winner to give shorthanded Knicks win over Suns (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Say what you want about J.R. Smith. The man simply gets buckets. The Knicks were down two starters in Phoenix on Wednesday, playing without Carmelo Anthony due to soreness in his left knee, and Raymond Felton due to a sprained pinky finger on his shooting hand. Both injuries were sustained in New York’s loss to…

  8. J.R. Smith’s flagrant foul injures Goran Dragic (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    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

    Well, this is certainly one way to go about winning when your team is missing two of its starters. The Knicks came limping into Phoenix on Wednesday, with both Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton unable to go due to injuries suffered in the team’s Christmas Day loss to the Lakers. That just meant more shots…

  9. Lakers earn fifth straight victory with Christmas Day win over Knicks

    Dec 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant guards New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers beat the Knicks 100-94 on Christmas Day to earn their fifth straight victory, one that came in an intense and competitive game that came down to the final few possessions. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony each finished with 34 points, J.R. Smith had 25 off the bench for New York,…

  10. J.R. Smith throws down on poor Greg Stiemsma (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Oh, Greg. Bless your heart. You were busy covering Tyson Chandler, and you saw J.R. Smith driving towards you. Your natural reaction was to run right back towards him. You’re a very tall dude. You wanted to stop him from getting to the rim. That’s good. That part was good. The end result, though? Baaaaad.…

  11. Carmelo Anthony among multiple Knicks ejected in ugly loss to Bulls

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The best teams in the league don’t enjoy losing, and they especially don’t take well to getting blown out at home by a team it doesn’t believe is up to that task. Chicago came into Madison Square Garden on Friday and used its trademark defense to obliterate the team at the top of the Eastern…

  12. Carmelo returns against soft Nets defense, sparks Knicks win

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony keeps ball away from Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams in NBA game in New York

    We’ve got a way to go before this “battle of the boroughs” resembles a real rivalry. Or maybe even a fair fight. After Wednesday night, the once-hot Brooklyn Nets are 2-8 in their last 10 games, and it all comes back to defense. Which we thought would be a weakness before the season even tipped…

  13. Jeremy Lin loves New York, Knicks weak transition defense. Rockets cruise to win.

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:52 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Lin defended by New York Knicks Chandler in first quarter of NBA basketball game in New York

    The obvious line is easy — Jeremy Lin has always been at his best when playing in Madison Square Garden with Carmelo Anthony out. The reality is that Jeremy Lin and his Rocket teammates are perfectly suited to expose some of the Knicks weaknesses. And some new troubling Knicks trends. The result was Lin, James…

  14. Kyrie Irving scores career-high 41 points, but Knicks hang on to beat Cavs

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:08 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Irving brings the ball up court against New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony sat out Saturday night’s game against the Cavaliers due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday’s win over the Lakers. Without him, the Eastern Conference leading Knicks almost ended up with a loss to a Cavaliers team that now has a record of just five wins against 20 losses on the season.…

  15. Video: Knicks’ Kidd drains game-winning three to beat Nets

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    New York returned the favor to Brooklyn on Tuesday night with a dramatic win — Jason Kidd with what turned out to be the game-winning three. Was it legit? Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t think so and he has a point, Kidd kicked out his leg to get Jerry Stackhouse on the foul. It worked and…

  16. No Carmelo, no problem. Knicks expose napping Heat defense in rout

    Dec 7, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Chandler celebrates a basket by his team against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    With New York, there is energy. There are guys willing to step up with Carmelo Anthony out. There is defense in the paint. There are guys making the extra pass and raining down threes. In Miami I expect Jimmy Carter to come out and give a speech about malaise. Especially if he is talking about…

  17. Tyson Chandler and the acceptance of limitations

    Dec 6, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler reacts after drawing a foul and scoring a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler is talented, but he’s also ridiculously limited in terms of what he can actually do on a basketball court. Chandler is a true 7-footer with a strong build, but he possesses no post game whatsoever. There are no jump hooks, no drop steps, no up-and-under moves — nothing. In…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers show up for a half, that’s enough in New Orleans

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching Bilbo Baggins going on a drunken ‘Unexpected Journey’… Lakers 103, Hornets 87: On night where Kobe Bryant became only the 5th player in NBA history to hit the 30,000 career point plateau, the Lakers also got the win. And so…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe Bryant makes history

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    There were plenty of stellar performances on a night that featured an 11-game slate. Kyle Lowry continues to toil in obscurity in Toronto, putting up 34 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a loss to the equally horrendous Kings. DeMarcus Cousins had no problem getting his confidence back in the same game with a 25-point,…

  20. Carmelo says he ‘doesn’t know’ if he’ll play Thursday against Heat after getting stitches in Charlotte

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Knicks beat the Bobcats in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, but Carmelo Anthony wasn’t on the court to see J.R. Smith’s heroics. Anthony was forced out of the game and into the locker room after suffering a laceration to a finger on his left hand, after diving into the stands to chase down a loose…

  21. J.R. Smith hits the step-back jumper at the buzzer to help Knicks beat Bobcats (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    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 last few possessions of this game were pretty crazy, so it’s only fitting that things ended on a shot like this. The Knicks beat the Bobcats on Wednesday in a game that was closer than expected, likely due to the fact that it was a look-ahead contest for them with a nationally televised game…

  22. Expect Rajon Rondo to get lengthy suspension for fight

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    The NBA league office doesn’t take kindly to its players fighting on the court. It really doesn’t take kindly to said fights spilling over into the very-expensive seats of people who sit courtside at NBA games. That’s what happened when a fight broke out between the Celtics and Nets Wednesday night, when Rajon Rondo came…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics, Spurs need OT for wins

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili; DeMar DeRozan;

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while out buying a $4.2 million gold Christmas tree… Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT): Now this is a close game — at the end of every quarter and the first overtime this was a one-point or tied game. Toronto needs to…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers, Celtics both lose; it’s not the ‘80s anymore

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Our nightly recap of the games from around the NBA. Or, what you missed while going out tonight because you have to deal with your family tomorrow… Thunder 117, Clippers 111 (OT): Nobody stops Chris Paul, but the Thunder did a better job of slowing him down than anyone has this season and that’s how…

  25. J.R. Smith says Jerryd Bayless may have ‘little man’s complex’ after altercation

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    J R Smith, Tony Allen

    Late in the second quarter of the Grizzlies’ win over the Knicks on Friday, J.R. Smith and Jerryd Bayless got into it briefly, and received double technicals for the extracurricular activity. Smith appeared to catch Bayless with an elbow after curling around a Rasheed Wallace screen, and Bayless retaliated with a shot to the face.…

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