The NBA playoffs serve as a huge reality check for teams, showing them their true weaknesses and where they have to get better if they want to win a title.
The first round of the NBA Playoffs has come to a close for the Eastern Conference, and the teams vying to make it into the conference finals are ready for battle. Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference semifinal matchups to give you insight into who we think will come out on top.
The Bulls are hard to figure. At times, they seemed to play better without Derrick Rose. I wonder how easily he will slide back into that team, considering how he dominates everything the Bulls do on offense.
The biggest question for Knicks fans: do you want your team to face the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat?
The Philadelphia 76ers nailed down the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and spoiled the Nets’ final game in New Jersey with a 105-87 victory Monday night.
The Nets will say goodbye to New Jersey on Monday night, though it seems three of their top stars from the Garden State era won’t be at the ceremony.
The Knicks snapped a nine-game home winning streak as they fell to the Heat 93-85 on Sunday.
Gerald Green scored 23 points, and Kris Humphries had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead New Jersey to a 95-89 win over Philadelphia on Friday night, three nights after the Sixers thumped the Nets by 19 points.
Center Spencer Hawes came off the bench for the first time and a scored a season-high 19 points to lead the slumping Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.
Amare Stoudemire had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to their fifth straight victory, 82-79 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
It’s time for Stoudemire him to back up his words with a noticeable effort.
Philadelphia 76ers handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss with a 106-94 victory Sunday.
Deron Williams scored 34 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left in overtime.
Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and the nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks snapped the Philadelphia 76ers’ six-game winning streak with an 85-79 victory on Wednesday night.
At noon on Christmas Day, when the curtain finally rises on the better-late-than-never 2011-12 NBA season, Knicks fans will be in for a treat.