The Knicks will not concede they have a “big” problem — yet. Check back if they lose Game 2 on Tuesday night.
The unnecessarily arduous Celtics series and Sunday’s flatline in front of their fans shows that the Knicks will lose eventually. And that’s because they are led by a loser.
The ball needs to move better. The stars need to shoot better. The Knicks don’t win this series if Raymond Felton is their best player on the floor. It’s that simple. This ain’t the Celtics anymore. These are the Pacers. This is for real.
Washburn’s column in the Boston Globe ended a brief and puzzling who-done-it after LeBron came in one vote shy of a historic unanimous selection.
The Pacers are classic Eastern Conference bruisers, while the Knicks are countering with something closer to small ball. So far, Indiana’s way is bigger, badder and better.
Carmelo Anthony shot 10-of-28 in the Knicks’ 102-95 defeat to the Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
LeBron James was a near-unanimous MVP, earning 120 of 121 first-place votes. Carmelo Anthony picked up one first-place vote.
Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and the New York Knicks held on after blowing most of a 26-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 on Friday night and advance in the postseason for the first time since 2000.
“I would be upset, too, if I was her,’’ Anthony said. “She’s always getting thrown into the mix of the Boston Celtics series. I would be upset if I was her. She’s her own person at the end of the day.”
Outside of the cities that the respective teams represent, there is little that connects the 2004 Yankees and Red Sox to the 2013 Knicks and Celtics.
If this series goes seven games, watch out. There’s a good chance the Knicks would completely unravel under the pressure.
“Well, we was going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried,” Smith said. “Basketball is a very humbling game.”
Knicks fans should have known better. I should have known better. We got sucked in to the great play of a maddeningly inconsistent team.
Jeff Green scored 18 points and the Boston Celtics stayed alive in the NBA playoffs, cutting the New York Knicks’ lead to 3-2 with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night.
The Knicks need to get focused on Wednesday night and put the Celtics out of their misery. There can’t be any more fooling around here. Take a double-digit first-half lead and hold it for the rest of the game.
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