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.
In the Knicks’ Christmas opener against the Celtics, Carmelo Anthony picked up right where he left off by matching his clutch play seen during the 2011 NBA playoffs.
Putting an April post mortem on the Knickerbockers has become as predictable as the asters popping pink in Bryant Park. For all the hype, the Knicks left with a whimper and without a fight.
Spike Lee and the celebrities will pack the place. ESPN will be there to televise it. After seven long years, Madison Square Garden is finally open again for postseason basketball business.
This could very well wind up being the what-could-have-been series for Carmelo Anthony and Knicks.
Absent the previous six seasons, the Knicks have quickly been reminded about postseason pain. Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups are both banged up. Yet the real hurt for the Knicks comes from the realization they could have won both games in Boston.
Toney Douglas played well when he replaced an injured Chauncey Billups during the regular season. There’s much more at stake now.
New York, get ready for another round vs. Boston. And no, we’re not talking Yankees-Red Sox or Jets-Patriots.
Paul Pierce is expected to play Wednesday when the Celtics look to continue their dominance of the visiting Nets in the final game before the All-Star break for both clubs.