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  1. J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin miss Knicks practice due to illness

    May 12, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin both missed the Knicks’ practice on Sunday, a day after the team’s Game 3 loss to the Pacers. Smith was still recovering from the illness that caused him to miss shootaround on Saturday, and Martin was now under the weather, as well. “Kenyon’s kind of coming down with [illness], too,”…

  2. How do the Knicks rebound from this?

    May 11, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert smiles while running down court after a Pacers score during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game versus the New York Knicks in Indianapolis

    Tyson Chandler slowed to let a potential defensive rebound bounce in front of him. Seeing an opportunity, Tyler Hansbrough surged from behind and knocked the ball off Stoudemire as Hansbrough fell out of bounds. The ball bounced off Chandler and over the baseline, and though it next hit the knee of Hansbrough, who was then…

  3. Preview: Knicks, Pacers, Amar’e Stoudemire return after lengthy layoffs

    May 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough guards New York's Amare Stoudemire during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis.

    The Knicks and Pacers will finally return to the court tonight after last playing Tuesday. The Pacers are 4-1, including a 125-91 win over the Knicks in February, after at least three days rest. The Knicks are 3-3 and have been outscored by seven points in such games. Meaningful? Maybe not. That’s a fairly small…

  4. J.R. Smith to play in Game 3 after missing shootaround, Amar’e Stoudemire set to return

    May 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    UPDATE 7.44 p.m. ET: J.R. Smith is now expected to play in Game 3, according to multiple reports, including this one from the New York Post. 1:02 p.m. ET: New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith missed shootaround on Saturday and is questionable for Game 3 against the Pacers, according to the team’s official public relations…

  5. PBT Podcast: Are the Spurs in trouble?

    May 10, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I break down all of the second round playoff series. We talk physicality in Bulls-Heat, J.R. Smith‘s impact in Knicks-Pacers, San Antonio’s defense in Warriors-Spurs, and try to figure out who has the advantage in Thunder-Grizzlies. We now have an embedded player where you can listen…

  6. Knicks’ J.R. Smith fined $5,000 for flop against Pacers

    May 10, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    You want to know why guys flop? It works. It worked here for J.R. Smith in Game 1 between the Pacers and Knicks. He got the call. On Friday he also got a $5,000 fine for the flop, the league announced. In the fourth quarter of that game, Smith is trying to follow Lance Stephenson over…

  7. Amar’e Stoudemire to get 10-15 minutes in Game 3, Woodson says

    May 9, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York

    Amar’e Stoudemire is back. Going against the big front line of the Indiana Pacers, Stoudemire’s size could be a plus — if he’s not too rusty after being off since March. Woodson said Stoudemire will play limited minutes in Game 3 on Saturday. Stoudemire told the New York Post he knows he can’t be rusty…

  8. Mike Woodson says J.R. Smith could spend time on bench if he stays cold

    May 9, 2013, 11:18 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year could be seeing more time on the bench, starting this Saturday in Indiana. In the two games against Indiana, J.R. Smith is 7-for-30 shooting, 3-of-13 from three and has six turnovers to one assist. Even in the second half of Game 2 against the Pacers, when everything the…

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

    May 7, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    May 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 6, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 5, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    May 3, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 3, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    May 2, 2013, 11:30 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 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…

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

    May 1, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    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…

  19. 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 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 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…

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

    May 1, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:19 AM EDT

    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…

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