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By Charles R. Trimble III
It’s such an exciting time to be a New York Knickerbockers fan. The Knicks hold a 2-0 lead over the Celtics in the 1st round, J.R. Smith was recently named NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, and Carmelo Anthony is playing the best and most fearless basketball of his career. These things have directly led to the success of this year’s team. Even Coach Woodson, who I have been critical of from time to time this season, is pushing all the right buttons.
So what does it all mean? It means for the first time in 13 years the Knicks have a legitimate shot at ending the franchise’s 40-year championship drought! To do that the Knicks will have to contend with some talented teams, mainly the Miami Heat, but it all starts with the continued dismantling of the Boston Celtics.
So far during the first round, we’ve learned that a Rondo-less Celtics squad has no business on the court with the Knicks. The Knicks are deeper, more talented and most importantly, hungrier than a Celtics team that has basked in the glow of past playoff success. It’s imperative that the Knicks end this series as soon as possible and keep pace with a Heat and Pacer team poised for relatively quick 1st round victories. Historically the Knicks have been in this position plenty of times:
In 1994 the Knicks had a golden opportunity up 2-0, to make it a quick series against the Chicago Bulls only to have a lucky Toni Kukoc three and brawl extend that series to seven. With the age of the core players being what it is, Woodson must keep these guys focused and not let them become relaxed, regardless of how dominate they seem to be.
In 1997, the Knicks took a 2-0 lead out to Charlotte for an emotional Game 3 against Anthony Mason and the Hornets! New York Knicks forward Larry Johnson helped propel the Knicks past the Hornets. This is the type of performance the Knicks need this weekend in Boston to ensure a victory and give the chance for our core players to get rest. It would be to the Knicks advantage to make short work of Boston so the rotation players do not have to extend themselves more than necessary.
Things can go two ways this weekend in Boston, it’s either going to be an extended series or a short series one way or another. One thing we know is offense may or may not travel in the playoffs, but defense sure does! With the Knicks defense, led by Kenyon Martin, dominating the way it has, let’s hope for the latter.
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The New York Knicks look to be on their way to a first round sweep of the Boston Celtics. But game four just might have to be played minus their “Sixth Man of the Year,” JR Smith. Smith was ejected from Friday night’s win after he elbowed Jason Terry in the face during the fourth quarter. It appears that Smith intentionally elbowed Celtics’ Jason Terry in the face. “The...
J.R. Smith was on fire at the end of the first quarter, he nailed two clutch jumpers including the long-distance buzzer-beater which you can see in the video. That was great and all but his celebration was the real gem. We have no clue what he was actually doing, but we want more of it. Enjoy it in .GIF format.
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Last summer, the Knicks retained J.R. Smith for a bargain, signing him to a two-year/$2.8 million contract with a player option in the second season. The free-agent-to-be, who was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Monday, will likely receive higher paying offers from around the league come the offseason but the New Jersey native says he’d love to retire a Knick.
The New York Knicks JR Smith has been playing some great basketball lately and after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, probably has confidence through the roof. So while playing in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics, watch as Smith calmly gets the inbound pass and comes down and drains a buzzer-beater. [...]
Just when you thought that you knew everything about New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, this little gem comes to light.
NewsDay’s Barbara Baker posted these tweets yesterday about Mr. Anthony and his love of classic crooners, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra:
Carmelo Anthony quote of day:“I listen to Tony Bennett when I’m sitting home drinking wine by the fire at Christmastime...
With the April 20th commitment of Enoch Smith Jr. to Michigan State, the questions regarding the Illini's recruiting ability inside their own state are reasonably fair to the coaching staff.
Smith, a defensive tackle out of Mount Carmel, was Rivals' top-ranked player at his position in Illinois for the 2014 class. At 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, the defensive lineman could have...
Carmelo Anthony did it again last night by dropping 34 on the Boston Celtics to lead his team to a 87-71 victory Tuesday night. His performance is just further proof that LeBron James is not the only stud in this league and may not run away with the MVP this year as expected.
I know that voters are only supposed to look at the regular season when deciding their vote, and that...
Video: Elbows Jason Terry in the jaw
The Knicks/Celtics game last night never really felt like a game. Once again, the Celtics struggled to score the basketball while the Knicks rain 3-pointers. The highlight of the night though was in the forth quarter when J.R. Smith threw a vicious elbow at Jason Terry.
Smith had the ball in the corner, Terry swiped at it, Smith didn’t like that, and retaliated with a UFC quality...
You win. JR Smith was “You Trying to Get The Pipe" in High School.
And today? Hanging with John Starks and Louis CK.
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The drama of Phil Jackson’s next job is back in the news. I guess fishing in Montana on a beautiful day with an accomplished career and money in the bank is not Phil’s idea of retirement! The living legend is interested in coming back to the bench or a rumored front office position with an NBA franchise. Who will take the bait lure him out of his fishing waders?