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

    Dec 26, 2012, 11:53 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

    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…

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

    Dec 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:31 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:58 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2012, 10:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:08 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2012, 12:28 AM EST

    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…

  10. Tyson Chandler and the acceptance of limitations

    Dec 6, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:29 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:00 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:23 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 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…

  15. Expect Rajon Rondo to get lengthy suspension for fight

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 22, 2012, 5:22 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    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.…

  19. Grizzlies knock Knicks from ranks of undefeated

    Nov 17, 2012, 2:32 AM EST

    Marc Gasol, Rasheed Wallace

    Here’s a good one for your friends who think they know basketball, but maybe don’t follow the day-to-day happenings of the NBA all that closely. The best record in basketball now belongs to the Memphis Grizzlies, as they had no trouble taking care of the previously undefeated Knicks by a final of 105-95. New York…

  20. The Knicks are legit. If they can keep this up is another question.

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:25 PM EST

    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

    The Knicks are 6-0, the last undefeated team in the NBA — and it’s not a fluke. They are defending better than anyone in the league, giving up just 93.6 points per 100 possessions, via Hoopdata. (Anyone who says they just started defending this year wasn’t watching last year.) Their offense with Carmelo Anthony at…

  21. New York 104, San Antonio 100: Yes, the Knicks are for real.

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:09 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    You know how announcers talk about Shane Battier? How they say he “does things that don’t show up in the boxscore” and how his value can’t really be defined by common statistics? Well, no one ever really says those things about Carmelo Anthony. Ever. And that’s fair. Anthony’s entire career has been defined by the…

  22. J.R. Smith says he is partying responsibly this season

    Nov 15, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Knicks' Smith reacts after shooting a three-point shot against Heat in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    J.R. Smith has always been a gunner, a volume scorer. But this year — though five games at least — there is a sudden efficiency. The career 42.8 percent shooter is hitting 49.3 percent overall, and a ridiculous 72.2 percent from three (and he’s taking from downtown 3.6 a game). We’re going to ignore the…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Even when sloppy Knicks get win

    Nov 14, 2012, 2:58 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while thanking Buddha this guy is not on your team…. Spurs 84, Lakers 82: The Bernie Bickerstaff era in Los Angeles came to an end with a missed Pau Gasol three and a loss. Bickerstaff had a .667 winning percentage as…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: The big boys showed up on Friday

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:17 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Nights like this have happened before and will happen again — as much we love the stories of the rookies finding themselves or the under-appreciated player having a huge night, the NBA’s superstars are the NBA’s superstars for a reason. Nike pays them to sell shoes for a reason. The NBA’s stars showed up in…

  25. J.R. Smith can’t get over the price of LeBron’s new shoes (VIDEO)

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:50 PM EST

    J.R. Smith, Evan Turner

    We’ve covered the release of latest signature shoe from LeBron James, the LeBron X. The best player in the game deserves the highest quality footwear, but the price tag still has some unable to come to terms with the cost associated with that reality. Add Knicks guard J.R. Smith to that list. Smith appeared in…

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