The Knicks will begin their most important playoff run in more than a decade on Saturday against the team that has been the class of the Eastern Conference since 2007.
In fact, I think it’s exactly what the Knicks need in order to challenge the Heat for the title.
Tuesday’s game could be a preview of a potential first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. New York (42-26) currently occupies the third spot while Boston (36-33) is 6 1/2 games behind, but has lost four games in a row.
The Rangers-Bruins rivalry is coming back to life. After meeting twice in the first three games of the regular season, there will be one more meeting before the postseason.
MSG employees were instructed to record every word that came out of Anthony’s mouth — both while on the court and on the bench — according to Dave D’Alessandro. Once the game was over, the audio was delivered to the CEO’s desk.
The Knicks’ defense has been getting worse by the week, and Mike Woodson isn’t helping things. If the switching continues, the Knicks will find themselves giving up 100 points or more in many games the rest of the season.
Garnett baited Anthony like no one else in the league can, and Melo responded by biting down on the hook like an untested rookie who forgot he was playing in the NBA and not on some playground in Baltimore.
Anthony didn’t just lose Monday’s heated game against Boston. He lost his cool, and the league could penalize the Knicks’ leading scorer for his postgame antics.
It wasn’t a Merry Christmas for the Nets who were dominated by the Celtics 93-76.
While a win over the Celtics in mid-November is nice, it’s not the same thing as beating that team in green in April. Thursday night’s game was a good win for the Nets, and it should fuel their confidence and desire. However, it proved nothing.
As NBA teams become more familiar with each other over a course of a series, adjustments must be made. The Heat have not done that.
Team basketball: it’s a lesson the old Knicks knew well. It’s a lesson you hope Mike Woodson and his charges are taking note of and will put into play next year.
I want to take a moment and unplug the NBA playoffs from reality.
This is the Carmelo Anthony fans have been waiting for. With Tuesday’s 118-110 victory over the Boston Celtics, the Knicks’ Atlantic Division title hopes remain alive.
The Knicks lost a overtime heartbreaker to the Celtics 115-111 at the TD Garden on Sunday.
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