For Brooklyn to advance to the second round for the first time since 2007 (when, ironically, the sixth-seeded New Jersey Nets upset third-seeded Toronto), the following matters must be addressed.
The NBA’s playoff seeds are set, and to the relief of many, the Brooklyn Nets won’t be facing Chicago in the first round.
The New York Knicks finished their disappointing season with a 95-92 victory Wednesday night over the Toronto Raptors, who blew a 21-point lead but earned the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Amare Stoudemore had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the New York Knicks kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-100 on Friday night.
Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston each scored 18 points and an ailing Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 101-97 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
To all those who have already touted Jason Kidd for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month of January for piloting the Nets to 10 wins in their first 12 games in 2014, know this: He was clearly the second-best coach on the sidelines Monday night.
The Toronto Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.
The Toronto Raptors beat New York for the second straight night, topping the short-handed Knicks 115-100 on Saturday.
The Knicks confirmed on their official public relations Twitter account that Carmelo Anthony did not travel to Toronto for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors rallied for a 95-83 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Anthony is considered day-to-day. Woodson doesn’t expect Melo to make the trip to Toronto on Saturday.
Knicks owner James Dolan has reportedly told his players that no major changes will be made to the roster or coaching staff.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last six weeks, the Knicks have major problems. And every day those problems seem to multiply.
Andray Blatche scored 24 points, Joe Johnson had 21 and the Nets snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Toronto Raptors 102-100 on Tuesday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Raptors to a 100-91 preseason victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night, spoiling Andrea Bargnani’s return to Toronto.