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.
With Tim Duncan playing a supporting role, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli have carried the Spurs on this great run. The team’s greatest strength might be its depth with a myriad of journeymen vets and D-Leaguers.
Paul Millsap had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Utah Jazz shook off the weariness from their four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat the New Jersey Nets 105-84 on Monday night.
Evans, who got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert, earned 29 percent of 3 million text message votes cast by fans.
Lin electrified Madison Square Garden for a second straight game Monday and is beginning to turn skeptics into believers.
Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 28 points in his first career start, Steve Novak added a season-best 19, and the New York Knicks overcame the absence of Amare Stoudemire and early loss of Carmelo Anthony to beat the Utah Jazz 99-88 on Monday night.
It was a losing return to Utah for Deron Williams as he and the Nets were defeated by the Jazz ,107-94 on Saturday night.
Brook Lopez underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in right foot and will miss 6-8 weeks according to Nets’ general manager Billy King.
If he had to choose between the Jazz and Knicks, BYU standout Jimmer Fredette says it’s New York by a narrow margin.
Though the lottery is right here in the Tri-State area, there’s little excitement with the Nets and Knicks not involved. The Jazz own the Nets’ pick, currently No. 6, from the Deron Williams trade.
Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Amare Stoudemire added 31, and the New York Knicks showed how dangerous they can be when their superstars are rolling, beating the Utah Jazz 131-109 on Monday night.
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks shoot for consecutive victories for the first time since he arrived in New York and avoid a fifth straight loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh admitted Thursday he didn’t know the Utah Jazz were involved in talks to deal Deron Williams. “No, I didn’t. I really didn’t,” Walsh said.
While saying he had gotten over the shock of being traded to New Jersey and was excited about the future of the Nets’ franchise, Deron Williams refused to hint whether he would opt out of his contract after the 2012 season.
It was a great night in the Big Apple as Carmelo Anthony & Chauncey Billups made their Knicks debuts, and the night culminated with a 114-108 win over the Bucks with the two newest Knickerbockers playing a big role.