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  1. Will twitter help drive J.R. Smith away from Knicks? No, but money might.

    May 10, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    We need to start this out with three background facts: 1. J.R. Smith is active on twitter (@TheRealJRSmith). 2. J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks for next year that everyone knew he would not take — he was going to become a free agent and see what the market would offer.…

  2. Don’t look for Knicks to make many offseason moves, just big one

    May 10, 2012, 9:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Before the first jump ball tipped off the season on Christmas, this was the season everyone thought the Knicks would take a step forward. Maybe only to the second round of the playoffs, but they were going to be good. At least the third best team in the East. Instead, they had to fight their…

  3. Knicks return to iso ‘Melo, get knocked out of playoffs by Heat

    May 9, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This year was supposed to be different for New York, and it certainly was unlike any season you can remember — Linsanity, injuries, Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in, a return to ‘Melo ball not seen since Denver. But it ended like every Knicks playoff series since 2000 — without the team advancing past…

  4. Can Knicks be more than one-and-done against Heat?

    May 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The last two games, the Heat did not bring their “A” game, and they still won one game against the Knicks and lost the other by two points. Conventional wisdom says Miami comes home Wednesday night, crank up the defensive pressure again and just run away and hide from the Knicks. That could happen. But…

  5. Can New York salvage one game? Or is it time to focus on Knicks future?

    May 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Heat's James drives past  Knicks' Anthony in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The theory going into this series was that the Knicks would win a game or two simply because Carmelo Anthony and maybe J.R. Smith or Steve Novak would just get hot. But the Heat’s defense this series has doused any spark before it could catch fire. The result is the Heat have cruised to a…

  6. Should Knicks open up the bank account to get Phil Jackson?

    May 4, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    One year later, the New York Knicks are in exactly the same place — about to be swept out of the playoffs in the first round. At the end of a roller coaster year in New York where there was “Linsanity”, where Mike D’Antoni was out and Mike Woodson was in, where Steve Novak and…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Knicks compete early, but Heat roll late to take 3-0 series lead

    May 3, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    The Heat took command of their first round playoff series with the Knicks, winning Game 3 in New York 87-70 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Matt Moore and I discussed. Matt Moore: Ugly, ugly, grotesque basketball Thursday and it looked like the Knicks could do the improbable without Amar’e Stoudemire, relying…

  8. Video: J.R. Smith’s amazing reverse dunk (with bonus Heat ally-oop)

    May 3, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith drives for dunk against Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    To me this was the dunk of the night, an impressive, powerful reverse jam from J.R. Smith that ignited the Madison Square Garden faithful and inspired the Knicks to… well, it did get the crowd fired up. Smith had a couple of impressive dunks in this game. Then again, so did LeBron James and Dwyane…

  9. Knicks better without Stoudemire? No, but different.

    May 2, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Amare Stoudemire is out, having lost his fight with a fire extinguisher in Miami. Which has a number of Knicks faithful saying it is a blessing in disguise — Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were not working well together. The Knicks played some of their best ball this season with a small-ball lineup where Anthony was…

  10. New York fights harder, plays better, but Heat still win, up 2-0

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Carmelo Anthony played better, dropping 30 in Game 2. Tyson Chandler was back to being himself after having the flu and was far more aggressive at both ends. He had a real impact on the game. It didn’t matter. The Miami Heat led most of the game, took charge when LeBron James went on a…

  11. Teams bounce back from playoff blowouts, but can Knicks?

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    NBA playoff history is filled with teams who got blown out one game who bounced back the next game and won. Games and series can take dramatic swings. But after watching Game 1, when the Heat rolled the Knicks behind a big game from LeBron James, you have to wonder if the Knicks can do…

  12. Knicks finally figured out who they are… but is that enough?

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony and Lin celebrate beating Orlando Magic in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks tried on more identities than a 14-year-old Upper West Side girl this season. They started the season as a seven seconds or less running team, but that didn’t really work without a point guard. Then they were the Linsanity team where that system did work with a bunch of shooters and Jeremy Lin…

  13. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS
 Miami 46-20 (2 seed) New York: 36-30 (7 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Miami won the season series 3-0, though the Knicks did hang around for a while in those games. Horseshoes and hand grenades, and all that. KEY INJURIES Miami: Mike Miller has an injured “everything you could ever possibly imagine” but is probable for…

  14. Knicks fans love J.R. Smith, but he likely bolts this summer

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    When he is raining down threes like he did against Boston, it’s easy to love J.R. Smith’s game. So today, Knicks fans love him. He brings an edge off the bench that fans and teammates love. Thing is, Smith is going to keep taking those shots whether they are falling or not, and some days…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks shot out all the lights in New York

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    What you missed while tweeting your proposal to your girlfriend — for 12 hours…. Knicks 118, Celtics 110: Huge win for New York. It’s just not a blueprint easily replicated in the playoffs. The Knicks were on fire shooting against the best defense in the land — they shot 63.4 percent in the first half…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Rose or no Rose, Bulls back on top

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    In our penultimate power rankings, the Bulls grab the top spot. They have been the best team in the league in the regular season, but there remain questions about them in the playoffs. 1. Bulls (45-14, last week ranked number 1). Huge win over the Heat last week — a little for the standings but…

  17. Call it gritty, ugly, whatever — Knicks win over Bucks means playoffs (probably)

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Early on Wednesday night it was all Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks offense, it was pretty. But against a feisty Bucks team you knew that wasn’t going to be enough. With these Knicks nothing comes easy. They were going to need defense. They were going to need someone to step up. They were going to…

  18. Derrick Rose returns, but Carmelo Anthony buries the Bulls

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    BESTPIX Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    Derrick Rose made his return to the Bulls starting lineup on Sunday after missing the last 12 games with a groin injury. The reigning MVP started slowly, exploded in the third quarter and was hit-or-miss from then on, finishing with 29 points, four assists, and eight turnovers in 39 minutes of action. Rose was the…

  19. Orlando’s other problem: They are not good right now, get run by Knicks

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:39 AM EDT

    photos

    Orlando had already lost four in a row and looked a mess before its “Dwightmare” began on Thursday — when coach Stan Van Gundy threw Dwight Howard under the bus because Howard had spent the year trying to throw Van Gundy under the bus. It was a struggling team now distracted by a soap opera…

  20. Knicks coach wants J.R. Smith to be more professional – and pull up those pants

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn’t quite yell “get off my lawn” at J.R. Smith, but pretty much. Remember that Smith got ejected with 10.7 seconds left in the Knicks loss to the Pacers Tuesday, picking up a flagrant 2 foul for throwing Leandro Barbosa to the ground (the league did not fine him and reduced…

  21. Is J.R. Smith a “punk” for his takedown of Leandro Barbosa?

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    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

    J.R. Smith was ejected near the very end of the Knicks’ loss in Indiana on Tuesday, for doing what he did to Leandro Barbosa in the video clip above. The loss was a brutal one for New York, considering the team led by as many as 17 points late in the third quarter, and has…

  22. Stephon Marbury’s L.A. home sold at foreclosure auction

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    China Marbury

    Stephon Marbury has been having a lot of success in China — he just won a ring, taking the Beijing Ducks to their first ever title. He’s a star with his own shoe line there. He is happy and not coming back to the NBA, J.R. Smith told the New York Post. Good for Marbury.…

  23. It’s not pretty, but Knicks solidify playoff standing with win

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:11 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    It looked like a game where both teams were battling for the right to be the eight seed — the winning team shot 35.1 percent and had 23 turnovers. Tom Thibodeau is not reviewing this tape and getting nervous. But a gritty win counts the same as any other kind and the Knicks outhustled the…

  24. Video: J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert go double-alley-oop on Detroit

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    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 are feeling it right now. Undefeated since giving Mike D’Antoni the boot and riding the scapegoat momentum express, they won again Saturday over Detroit in a laugher. How much of a laugher was it? Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith pulled off something which is the kind of thing you can only shake your…

  25. Weekend Observations: 25 notes about the trade deadline

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We’re thee days past the trade deadline. Some players have already landed and played a game with their new teams, some haven’t even arrived in their new destinations (does Hasheem Thabeet really have that busy of a calendar?). But we’re starting to recover from the shock of a still-nuts-if-quieter-than-last-year deadline that saw two coaches let go…

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