Final: Trail Blazers 94, Knicks 90

Despite a late push, the Knicks fell to the Trail Blazers, 94-90, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 26 points, while Nicholas Batum led the Blazers with 20

After requesting more minutes, Amare’ Stoudemire scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench

The Knicks are now 4-12 against the West, and 0-2 against the Trail Blazers on the year. The Blazers swept the season series last year, too.

Portland has beaten the Knicks the past four matchups.

Sam Spiegelman

Close but no cigar.

After holding onto a one-point lead at the break, the Trail Blazers (35-14) exploded for a 30-point third quarter and staved off a late push from the home team en route to a 94-90 victory, sweeping the season series against New York for a second straight year.

After Amare’ Stoudemire’s jumper put the Knicks (19-30) up 59-58 with just over three and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Trail Blazers embarked on a 19-9 run to close out the quarter and took a 77-68 lead into the fourth.

Portland’s double-digit lead was short-lived, though, as Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith both got shooting the ball in late. With just under a minute remaining in the game, Hardaway’s 3-pointer brought the Knicks to within two.

Queue LaMarcus Aldridge.

The All-Star forward sank a jump shot to give Portland a four-point cushion, then Mo Williams and Damian Lillard went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line to close out the win.

The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who scored a game-high 26 points with eight rebounds. Off the bench, Hardaway had 12 and Smith had 18, while Stoudemire backed up his request for more minutes with 15.

Nicholas Batum scored a team-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds, while Wesley Matthews had 18-7 and Aldridge posted 15-12. Lillard added 12.


Next Game: The Knicks host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.





142 comments
finnmaccul
finnmaccul

I went to the bldg to watch hockey not for the genial ambiance.  My main complaint was the ridiculous lines for the bathrooms.  You could miss a substantial portion of a period waiting.  The concourse was always crowded, but after they put in all the booths and hallway concessions it got really crowded.  But I came to see the Islanders not have an "entertainment experience."  The rest I could live with.  

Zach14
Zach14

If they could find a way to put the scoreboard on sliders that would be the best answer to the major problem.

Mike T.
Mike T.

@Zach14  I agree, although having been at both preseason games, after a few minutes, you don't even notice it.  But, having that type of system in place would be great.

Michael
Michael

@Zach14 Its not the scoreboard that is the major problem....its the nearly 1/3 of the arena that has obstructed views.  I guess it would be better for them if the scoreboard were closer to that end....lol.

finnmaccul
finnmaccul

@tpjm.  Still waiting for your opinion on prospects you think might make the team 2015-2016.  

Mike T.
Mike T.

This thread has turned into a Brooklyn bash fest?  Wow, who would have imagined that?

Mike T.
Mike T.

@tag1 I love Long Island, faults and all, and Brooklyn too.  I will say this however, the Coliseum was a complete dump, and the main reason people are sad about it closing is because the team is leaving Nassau County.  If a new building was being built across the parking lot, and the Isles were playing there next season, most fans would be ecstatic, and would not care at all that the Coliseum would no longer be the Isles' home..

tag1
tag1

You posted about the bklyn bashing while ignoring the LI bashing, I was just pointing that out.

As bad as you think the Coliseum was the atmosphere there will kick the crap out of the atmosphere in the basketball gym.

tag1
tag1

Funny how you don't see the people bashing LI

Mike T.
Mike T.

@tag1 In my opinion, the Coliseum was an extremely unpleasant place to be, having been to Barclays many times, it is not.  However, to each his own.  A state of the art building in Nassau would have been great, but it never happened.  Time to move forward.

Mike T.
Mike T.

@tag1 Hey, if Nassau steps up and builds a state of the art building for the Isles, and they go back there, great.  Until then, I along with many other fans, will enjoy watching hockey in an asbestos free environment that won't be condemned at any point in the near future.

tag1
tag1

Great place to watch hockey, anyone die there? Anyone can sue, that story is from 2013 so what happened with the lawsuit?

I'll support the team from my house barclays and the drug dealer sean carter, who by the way uses his money to bail out lowlifes who riot, don't get a dime of my money.

tag1
tag1

Being at the playoff games was anything but unpleasant for true hockey fans I guess if your from the whine and cheese crowd you might not like the building, enjoy the basketball gym I don't think they last more than a few years there.

tag1
tag1

They had a leak in the roof last year not good for a new building. I haven't heard did any fans die of asbestos poisoning? Watch out for those stray bullets and lowlife protestors, I'd rather take my chance with the asbestos.

William Thorpe
William Thorpe

Wow! how awesome are these nassau politicians? "Well....you really kinda blindsided me here...We can't make a decision on that today, I mean let's be reasonable.  Maybe...next week....maybe next month...or if not by then...how bout just in the future". Well that certainly clears that up,  I was thinking they might reach a decision in a past meeting!   I'll bet in a 2 hour meeting, the 1st hour and a half was spent trying to decide what to have for lunch.  I hate the fact that the Isles moved out (past tense), but these people don't deserve a pro sports team. 

Michael
Michael

Great pic...you cant tell the scorebaord is off center and its shot from the unobstructed seating...lol.  You can put lipstick on a pig...but its still a pig. This place will be the laughing stock of the league. 

John Falcone
John Falcone

@Michael The Coli was the laughingstock of the league, so we're par for the course.  This is slightly better

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

SOMEONE'S GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY THERE NEXT YEAR WITH ONE GLOVE!!!  So far Nassau County detectives have run up a million dollar bill in overtime in search of the missing piece of equipment.  Wish we had an update.

Adam Guttman
Adam Guttman

seems that most people bitching are the old timers.  I totally get it but enough already.  Teams staying in NY - you can take a damn train and relax to and from.  Does it take longer - yeah.  But for a winning team - who woudlnt travel.  All those saying they wont go - thats fine.  With roughly 15K seats - we need to sed about 1200 fans anyway off the old coliseum capacity lol  

vegasvic
vegasvic

What a beautiful site. Might shed a tear. HELLO BROOKLYN

Michael DiGirolamo
Michael DiGirolamo

Not Really I'll attend as many games as if they were in KC or QC. ZERO

Michael DiGirolamo
Michael DiGirolamo

It will NEVER be Home!!!! Season ticket holder at NVMC who will now watch from my couch. Too Far to travel to that place.


erika
erika

@Michael DiGirolamo Sorry...we'll miss you. Maybe one day when the team is on the verge of winning a cup you will decide it's OK to sit for an extra half hour and join the living!

Peter Puglisi
Peter Puglisi

Went last night as well....not to happy that it sounds as if its going to become more of a corporate environment then anything....

jmoney93
jmoney93

so here is an offseason idea, sign Mike Green 3yr 4mil per would get it done, would be a huge upgrade to the PP ...do not re sign Hickey or VIz... Trade Grabs for nothing as salary dump ...use deHaan and Griffin as trade chips to try and Bring in Lucic--- 

D would look like 


Boychuck --Leddy

Hamonic --Pullock

Green-Mayfeild


Strait as 7

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

mike green is coming off a contract where he had a cap hit of 6 mil.  what makes you think he would take 3 years at 4 mil per? hes going to get FAR more than that.  at 29, he is setting up for his final big payday. 

TonyM
TonyM

@jmoney93       Mike green was invisible offensefly against both the Isles and Rags! We have Leddy, Boychuk and hopefully Pulock to man our PP. The money would be better spent on left wing (Lucic,Hall) to play with JT!

jimmyc13
jimmyc13

@jmoney93. No disrespect intended but we don't want Mike Green. A soon to be 30 Mike Green has seen his best days. He's no longer that offensive force he once was and is an absolute defensive liability. I agree that we should not re-sign Visnovsky and the trading of Grabner to free up cap space is acceptable but the trading of deHaan and Reinhart for Lucic is absurd. I like Lucic's size but his career is at a crossroads, have we seen his best or does he need a change of scenery? Either way, 6 million is far too much to pay for a guy with question marks and one year left on his contract. The guy that I want to see us trade for is Brent Seabrook. Seabrook also only has 1 year left on his contract at 5.8 million but the Hawks are in Salary Cap hell once again meaning we could possibly acquire him without mortgaging the farm.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@slapshot18_rs 

You're right, Slap. No way he takes $4 mil for 3 yrs. 

And also, he's not that great. He's pretty good, an above average offensive D man, but that's about it. Without a doubt, he's going to get overpaid come July 1, like most UFAs who sign on July 1.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@bigstick13 

Yeah, that's a bit odd. Half the audience can't even see them. 

What do you expect from a basketball court being converted to a hockey arena? It's trying to put a square peg into a triangular hole.

primus
primus

Its not the only arena to do it that way. More importantly how much does that even matter? If you want to see them do it before, after, or during intermission. I sat in seats at NVMC were I couldn't see the banners. Never found myself saying 'these seats suck, I can't see the Stanley Cup banners'. Stop looking to nip pick every little thing...

puckdad99
puckdad99

@primus 

I'm not looking to nit pick everything, but leaving NVMC and moving to BC SUCKS for a whole variety of reasons. 

And yeah, even though it's not the #1 most important thing, it's nice to be at a game and look up and see the banners.
When they're placed high up right over the ice, almost everyone can see them.

primus
primus

Puck, come on man, saying you can't see the banners is the definition of nip picking. Your just one of the guys that hates the move so much you'll find any reason to put it down. Mike below sums up my feelings.

primus
primus

No, that's you. Puck is just passionate, you are something else all together

Jimmy Mahon
Jimmy Mahon

Screw that fix the lack of seats at the glass