Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points and Jae Crowder had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally by the New York Knicks for a 96-92 win on Friday night.
It took forever for Andrea Bargnani to get on the court this season, but since he has he’s impressed Phil Jackson.
The partnership that had so much promise but such limited success lasted just four years before the high-scoring forwards went in separate directions: Amar’e to Dallas, Anthony to the operating table.
As far as Phil Jackson is concerned, Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ only star, but that doesn’t mean he and his teammates together won’t be able to run the triangle offense efficiently.
Derek Fisher has wisely used the first four preseason games to experiment with different player combinations. But he has been shorthanded at one of the most competitive spots on the roster.
If you can’t move ‘em, laud ‘em. That seems to be Phil Jackson’s new mantra now that he’s embraced the reality that no one wants to take Andrea Bargnani’s big contract in a trade.
Fisher thinks the ‘Bockers can do something special in his rookie season as head coach, but they’ll have to prove it on the court.
If Phil Jackson gets his way, the Knicks will be contenders on paper a lot quicker than many first thought — and he might get a statue erected in his honor at the same time.
Jose Calderon believes he can make life better in New York for Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani. Nobody knows if he will get to play with both.
With Mike Woodson’s inability or unwillingness to find a way to use Bargnani well, his injury helps the team by default.
Bargnani was hurt Wednesday during a 110-106 loss to Philadelphia when he landed hard while attempting to dunk. He had an MRI on Thursday that revealed the injury.
Will the Knicks finally be able to sustain an increased defensive effort under Woodson, something they haven’t done for more than a year? If that’s the case, then this run might be more sustainable than people think.
Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points, Andrea Bargnani had 19, and the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat 102-92 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight victory.
Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors rallied for a 95-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
I hate to say it, but the Knicks are a laughingstock to fans, media and other NBA executives. And it starts at the top with owner James Dolan and trickles down to the players.