Found May 02, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
Celtics 92, Knicks 86 Follow @TheNosebleeds As long they’re still standing, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are a force to be reckoned with in the NBA playoffs. J.R. Smith and the Knicks tried to dismiss the Celtics’ chances before Game 5 even began, but as the results have shown, it’s best to keep those comments to yourself. J.R. Smith is going to have to wait even longer to work on his golf game. The Knicks streaky shooter shot his mouth off on Tuesday night, as he pretended to be unaware of Jason Terry’s existence, and claimed that the series would have been over if he had been eligible to play in Game 4. When prompted by reporters about the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s contest, Smith quipped, “Oh yeah, it would’ve been over [if I had played]. I would be playing golf today.” So naturally, J.R. came out cold as ice (he missed 11 of his first 12 shots from the field), while his trash talk inspired the Celtics to play their best ball of the series and stave off elimination. For the first time during this series, the C’s offense didn’t disappear for an entire quarter. Although they fell behind 11-0 at the start of the game, Boston executed with ruthless efficiency throughout the remainder of the contest and left the crowd in Madison Square Garden squirming with unease. Those fans felt uncomfortable because they know the Celtics pedigree. They worried because they’re two most dynamic scorers- Smith and Carmelo Anthony- are notorious for their inability to win in the playoffs despite posting gaudy offensive numbers all year long. So they sat in silent disbelief as the Knicks offense sputtered, and eventually stopped for seven minutes at the end of the third and the start of the fourth quarter. This time it was New York that couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half, as Carmelo missed nine of his ten field goal attempts during a 16-6 run by Boston. The Celtics took a 75-60 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and never relinquished it. That run, which was capped off by Jeff Green’s decisive slam, consisted of Paul Pierce returning to the offensive form of his youth, and someone named Jason Terry (whom J.R. Smith is apparently unfamiliar with) hitting two of the five threes he hit on the night. Since the Knicks are led by two players whose defense tends to suffer if their shots aren’t falling, the C’s were lucky that Smith and Anthony combined to go 11 for 38 from the field. Thanks to the disposition of these two ornery stars, and the aggressive play of a suddenly spry Pierce, Terry was able to get a number of open looks from deep, and ended up shooting 5 for 9 from beyond the arch. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from three-point range, as well as 100 percent (17 for 17) from the free throw line for the second time this series. They didn’t just take it quarter by quarter, they concentrated on every possession, and only turned it over once over their first 22 possessions. Kevin Garnett grabbed over 17 rebounds for the third consecutive game, Brandon Bass played an outstanding first half and finished with 17 points, and Jeff Green stayed calm and collected on two gigantic corner threes that kept the Knicks at bay in the final minutes. While the Knicks may be the team with more to lose, the C’s are a group that didn’t seem willing to lose in Game 5. Yet even as they walked off the court in triumph, two of their young bench players made the exact mistake that J.R. Smith made on Tuesday. As the two teams passed each other on their way to the locker rooms, Jordan Crawford had some choice words for Carmelo Anthony. D.J. White then jumped into the verbal foray, and he ended up having a heated exchange with Raymond Felton. It’s a small wonder that Doc Rivers was only willing to play seven players throughout the entire game, considering this is how some of the more inexperienced C’s tend to act. With their team trailing 3-2, Crawford and White decided to add some fuel to the fire, and effectively insured that the Knicks will have their own bulletin board material ready for Game 6. “You don’t hold Carmelo to 10 of 35 shooting,” Rivers said after the Celtics overtime win in Game 4, and the Celts didn’t hold him to 8 of 24 shooting in Game 5. They played solid defense, and were fortunate in the sense that Anthony was slightly off on a number of jump shots. The only way they were able to achieve that result in back-to-back games was by staying humble, as evident by the words of their coach. Now the pressure is on Boston in Game 6. They will be facing the NBA’s leading scorer, the 6th man of the year, and a strong point guard in Felton, who they have been unable to contain in all 5 games this series. But, now, they won’t just be facing these three guys, they’ll be facing three pissed off offensive dynamos who are on a mission. All the motivation the C’s had going into Game 5 has essentially swung the other way, and it will take a monumental effort to win on their home floor and force a Game 7. When asked about the crowd at MSG, Jeff Green said, “They don’t impact the game. We do. We play the game,” and that goes for the crowd at TD Garden as well. If the Celtics are going to pull off the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, their going to have to play hard, execute perfectly, and kept their mouths shut after a win.

Jason Terry: We're not laying down

Jason Terry said after the Celtics beat the Knicks in Game 5 that they won't lay down against New York. The pressure is back on.

J.R. Smith may have cost NY Knicks the series vs Celtics

On the eve of game 5, vs the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks super-sixth man says that their wouldn't even be a game 5 had he not elbowed Jason Terry in the closing minutes of game 3. From NY Daily News: Jason Terry goes by the nickname “Jet,” while the monikers Knicks fans will undoubtedly call the Boston Celtics guard will fall under the category of “parental discretion...

J.R. Smith Is Partying Again

Part of J.R. Smith’s success this season with the Knicks has been attributed to the newly crowned Sixth Man of the Year ditching nightly partying in New York in order to focus on his game. Well, apparently all it took was a one-game suspension and a tough Game 4 loss for Smith to deviate from the straight and narrow. Pictures from April 28th and 29th — the two nights following...

J.R. Smith Parties After Game 4 Loss With Lloyd Banks & French Montana

J.R. Smith may have been suspended from playing Game 4 in Boston – but that didn’t stop him from hitting up the New York club scene where he was spotted partying with rappers, Lloyd Banks and French Montana on Sunday (4/28) and Monday (4/29) night.   photos via What’s Poppin, Collective Entertainment Group

JR Smith Hit the Clubs Following the Knicks Loss in Boston (Photos)

You can’t be surprised can you? After the Knicks lost in Game 4 to Boston, JR (who was suspended for the game) decided to celebrate by hitting the club.  He wasn’t too shaken up about the loss, because he celebrated the next day as well. Here are the details from Next Impulse Sports. Pictures from April 28th and 29th — the two nights following the Knicks’ Game 4 loss to...

Melo's wife LaLa fires back at Jordan Crawford

Boston Celtics reserve guard Jordan Crawford instigated a postgame tussle by taunting New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony following Boston’s 92-86 victory over the Knicks in Game 5 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. As both teams crossed

Celtics-Knicks Preview

J.R. Smith may have altered a series with one poor decision. He certainly forced his midweek plans to change. When he dropped Boston's Jason Terry with an elbow to the chin late in Game 3 on Friday night, Smith earned a suspension that left the New York Knicks without their No. 2 scorer during the regular season for Game 4 on Sunday. The Knicks didn't have enough offense...

5 Things Celtics must do to win tonight - Game 6

Tonight, the Celtics will look to even up their series with the Knicks when they play what could be their final game at the TD Garden this season. The Celtics have been in complete control in these last two games, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. Right now, the Celtics are the better team. They have more experience and more momentum. I'll be shocked if they drop...

Jason Terry and David Ortiz are neighbors and yeah they've talked 2004

The Red Sox comeback against the Yankees in 2004 was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sporting events I'd ever witnessed in person. Now, almost 10 years later, another Boston team is trying to do the same thing against New York. Can they do it? The odds are obviously extremely doubtful. On top of the fact that no NBA team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit before...

Bill Simmons and Matthew Modine have odd exchange

As the New York Knicks continued to to choke away their 3-0 series lead during last night’s 92-86 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5, superfan and ESPN NBA “analysis” Bill Simmons decided it was time to poke fun at actor Matthew Modine on Twitter, who for years was a mainstay courtside for Knicks games: @billsimmons hey bill – I don’t know you. I’ve missed being at...

Can the Celtics recreate Boston sporting history?

Less than a week ago, the Boston Celtics trailed 3-0 in the series against age-old rivalries, the New York Knicks. Instead of submitting to defeat, the Celtics moved a step closer to doing the unthinkable when on Wednesday night they defeated the Knicks 92-86 in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series. Trailing 3-2, the Celtics will show their worth tonight in Boston in Game 6 and if...

Your Morning Dump…where the Knicks keep talking

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.  “Yeah. That’s cool. I thought they wore that last game too,” Jason Terry said yesterday of the Martin comment. “For us it don’t change whether they wear white, pink, blue, black, green — it’s Game...

Game Notes: Knicks vs. Celtics Game Five

Now, this is a series. Knicks and Celtics go back to Boston for Game Six on May 3rd at 7:00 pm. Boston won last night 92-86. The Celtics looked really good, while the Knicks looked lackluster to say the least. After going up 3-0, the Knicks are traveling back to Boston up just 3-2. Let's not choke here, fellas. A couple thoughts and notes on the Celtics' win. Kevin Garnett...

Knicks show up to Game 5 dressed for C's funeral

After the Knicks Game 4 loss to the Celtics, Kenyon Martin made a statement that urged his teammates to wear ‘funeral colors’ to Game 5 to show they were ready to finish off Boston. It looks like J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert got the memo because they arrived in all black everything, as did Kenyon. [Beyond The Buzzer] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Jordan Crawford To Melo: "That ************ ****** Your Wife"

You know things have gone horribly wrong when J.R. Smith is the one playing peacemaker. At home with a chance to close out the Celtics, the Knicks arrived at the arena wearing all black. They got destroyed. “Well, we was going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried,” J.R. Smith said. “Basketball is a very humbling game.” After the game, Carmelo Anthony (22 points)...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.