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LeBron James against the Brooklyn Nets at AmericanAirlines Arena on April 8, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LeBron James Laughs Off Nets As Heat’s Biggest Challenge

A season sweep of the defending champs? Yeah, Brooklyn is for real. But LeBron James doesn’t sound too worried about the red-hot Nets.

04/09/2014

Carmelo Anthony in the locker room before the New York Knicks' loss to the Miami Heat on April 6, 2014 at American Airlines Arena. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Knicks’ Playoff Hopes On Life Support With 4 Games Remaining

After a brutal start to the season, the Knicks battled all the way back to grab a slim lead over the Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot. And just like that, it’s gone.

04/07/2014

Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lichtenstein: Even With KG Back, Nets Need Blatche To Step Up In Playoffs

For now, Blatche is a really wild wild-card on the Nets. Many I know would prefer that coach Jason Kidd go with Mason Plumlee in relief. But I don’t agree.

04/07/2014

LeBron James scored 38 point in the Heat's 102-91 win over the Knicks on April 6, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Heat Cool Off Knicks’ Playoff Hopes

LeBron James scored 38 points and the Miami Heat survived a 3-point barrage from J.R. Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow with a 102-91 victory on Sunday.

04/06/2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 5: Kevin Garnett #2 and Alan Anderson #6 of the Brooklyn Nets celebrate during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on April 5, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Garnett Solid, Lifts Brooklyn Past 76ers 105-101

Kevin Garnett scored 10 points in his first game in more than five weeks to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 105-101 Saturday night.

04/05/2014

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 4: Trevor Ariza #1 of the Washington Wizards goes up for a shot against the New York Knicks during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Reid B. Kelley/NBAE via Getty Images)

Beal’s Jumper, Anthony’s Miscues Help Wizards Win

Bradley Beal made the go-ahead jumper with 22 seconds left and scored 28 points, and the Washington Wizards took advantage of nine turnovers by Carmelo Anthony to edge the New York Knicks, 90-89 on Friday night.

04/04/2014

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during a game at Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Knicks Rout Nets 110-81, Move Into 8th In East

J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the city rival Brooklyn Nets 110-81 Wednesday night to extend a late-season playoff push.

04/03/2014

Hawks GM Danny Ferry (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

You Listening, Knicks? Hawks GM Says Final Playoff Spot ‘Not Our Goal’

The banged-up Hawks are still holding on to the final playoff spot in the East. But — get this — general manager Danny Ferry says clinching the eighth seed isn’t exactly his team’s top priority.

04/02/2014

Carmelo Anthony (credit: Getty Images)

Knicks, Carmelo Anthony Mute Utah Jazz, 92-83

Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting, and the New York Knicks pulled away for a 92-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night that kept them one game back of the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

04/01/2014

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against the New York Knicks on March 30, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Knicks Beat Warriors 89-84, Eye Final Playoff Spot

J.R. Smith scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony added 19 points and nine rebounds and the New York Knicks moved within one game of the final playoff spot by beating the undermanned Golden State Warriors 89-84 on Sunday night.

03/31/2014

BROOKLYN, NY - March 30: Paul Pierce #34 of the Brooklyn Nets takes a shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 30, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Pierce, Nets Win 13th Straight At Home, Top Wolves

Paul Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, and the Brooklyn Nets moved to the brink of a playoff spot by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99 on Sunday for their franchise record-tying 13th straight home victory.

03/30/2014

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 28: Joe Johnson #7 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against Jarrett Jack #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center on March 28, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Beat Cavs 108-97 For 12th Straight Win At Home

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets quickly pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

03/28/2014

JaKarr Sampson #14 of the St. John's Red Storm dunks against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2014. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)

JaKarr Sampson Leaving St. John’s For NBA Draft

Red Storm coach Steve Lavin said Monday that the 6-foot-9 Sampson has not hired an agent but is in the process. The early entry deadline is April 27.

03/25/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Magic Johnson On WFAN: ‘Carmelo Should Stay In New York’

Magic says he’ll probably have a chat with Melo on Tuesday. But don’t worry. They won’t be speaking about the benefits of joining the Lakers.

03/24/2014

Anderson Varejao fights for the ball with the New York Knicks' Cole Aldrich on March 23, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Revert To Form And Drive Another Nail In Coffin

Now we’ll see if the Knicks can bounce back to defy that identity, or if they will react poorly to a bad loss and watch their season slide into oblivion.

03/24/2014

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