The Knicks (33-43) defeated the Brooklyn Nets (40-34) by a score of 110-81 Wednesday evening at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks shot 67 percent in the first half after a 44-19 run. New York finished the game shooting 60 percent from the field.
J.R. Smith led team in points with 24 — the second most he has scored during the month of March.
Carmelo Anthony led the team with 10 rebounds and had 23 points during 37:21 on the court.
After suffering contused ribs and back during the third quarter, Raymond Felton returned to the game, adding two points to his total 5 for the game.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points in his first game back after he sprained his ankle during Monday’s game against the Jazz.
For the full recap, visit SNY.tv.
The Knicks will return to action Friday when they take on the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m.
UPDATE 9:15: Raymond Felton returned to the game with 9:55 left to play in the fourth quarter (Popper, April 2).
Raymond Felton suffered contused ribs and back during the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. The team is not sure if he will return to the game. (Knicks, April 2).
Felton suffered the injury after he fell down hard onto the ground while attempting to get an offensive rebound (Popper, April 2).
New York will welcome their cross town rivals across the bridge to Manhattan for the third “inter-borough” matchup of the season at 7:00 p.m.
This will be the third of four meetings between New York and Brooklyn. New York travels back to the Barclays Center on Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014.
New York defeated Brooklyn 113-83 on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn returned the favor when the Nets defeated the New York Knicks 103-80 on MLK Day at the Garden
New York hasn’t lost a season series versus the Nets since the 2006-07 season.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is listed as questionable with a sprained right ankle.
- Carmelo Anthony
- J.R. Smith
- Tyson Chandler
- Amar’e Stoudemire
- Raymond Felton
Harris DeckerSix months ago, if you would have looked at the NBA schedule, you’d see a game at the beginning of April that could help decide the winner of the Atlantic Division. You’d imagine a game played with playoff intensity, with Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony leading their respective clubs into battle at Madison Square Garden.
Two months ago, if you were glancing ahead, you would see a Wednesday night game featuring two teams heading in drastically different directions. The Knicks were on the way down, contending as one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference while the Nets were playing their best basketball of the season.
The night is finally here and instead of a matchup between two teams that heading in opposite directions, we have a game that could help to determine if the Knicks are able to complete an improbable playoff run, sparked when Phil Jackson became the team’s president.
It’s hard to believe how the tone for this game has changed since the start of the season. Instead of the Knicks and Nets sitting atop the Atlantic, the Toronto Raptors have that spot firmly in their grasp.
Previewing this game is easy. These teams don’t like each other and beyond the teams, the players don’t seem to care for each other either. Even with Kevin Garnett out, you should expect a very hard-fought game from both sides. After all, what would be better for the Nets than helping to land the knockout blow to the Knicks on their way to the playoffs?
In order for the Knicks to win, they have to do a few things really well. First, they need to contain the guards for Brooklyn. Joe Johnson is back to his superstar ways, and paired with Deron Williams, they makeup an incredible backcourt. It’s also easy to forget about Marcus Thornton and Shaun Livingston, who have been keys for the Nets in the second half.
If Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith are able to play the type of defense they showed off against the Warriors and Jazz, then they could come out on top.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is a big question mark heading into this game. It is unknown if he will play and is currently listed as questionable, although it seems unlikely given his condition after Mondays win. Hardaway Jr. is the third leading scorer after Anthony and Smith, and his loss would be a big blow for the Knicks.
There will be plenty of scoreboard watching tonight at the Garden. The Hawks are facing off against the Chicago Bulls, and after tonight, with a loss and a Knicks win, could find themselves tied for the eighth and final playoff see in the Eastern Conference.
A run to the playoffs has finally taken shape – Moke Hamilton and Harris Decker discuss the Knicks’ improbable journey towards the eighth seed. The guys welcome Bloomberg Sports’ Jared Dubin to the show for his thoughts on the late season surge, and Coach Nick calls in to explain Phil Jackson’s triangle offense.
- Moke and Harris say hello
- The Knicks playoff run
- Bloomberg Sports’ Jared Dubin calls in (6:15)
- Shannon Brown interview (16:10)
- Our “Weekly Phil”
- Coach Nick talks triangle offense (17:45)
- TKB Mailbag (28:45)
- Around the League
- San Antonio Spurs
- NBA playoff format
- Moke and Harris say goodbye
ESPN Forecast had their panel rank the front office of every NBA team — the owner, “basketball decision maker” and head coach — on a 0-10 scale.
Results: The Knicks came in dead last.
New York averaged a score of 3.21, last place, behind the Milwaukee Bucks by three tenths of a point, who came in at 3.54.
It is unknown whether or not ESPN Forecast’s ranking includes the recent hire of Phil Jackson.
Harris DeckerThis is an absurd ranking simply because of a lack of information given in the report. For instance, when was this survey conducted? I’d very much call into question a survey that ranks the Knicks last in the league with Phil Jackson running the show. I’d imagine that his presence alone would add a huge amount of legitimacy in the eyes this mysterious panel.
Another thing missing from the report is a clear indication of who makes up this panel. Included are respected NBA reporters like Ian Begley and Chris Broussard alongside a slew of regional reporters who’s names wouldn’t ring a bell. There are even a handful of people included who may never cover basketball. Does the opinion of someone working on ESPN’s social media team really count in this survey?
It could be bad luck for ESPN that they did their study a few days early but calling the Knicks the worst front office in the NBA is simply wrong, especially because there is no date given. If this study was done over the past seven calendar days then the panel are not in their right minds. If it was done days before Jackson was introduced then that should be shared.
In the end, reports like this just piss people off and make fans beat their chests. I don’t give them much of a look, except when one of my teams ranks dead last. It’s no secret here that this report got me going and it’s in the best interest of New York fans to cast it aside and focus on winning the next seven games.
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Harris DeckerAs we get down to the final few games of the season, the Knicks are trying to latch onto the 8th and final playoff position. While they may be able to catch the Hawks, getting past them is the true key because of the tiebreaker scenarios outlined by the NBA.
The first tiebreaker is the head-to-head record. This year, the Knicks and Hawks split their season series at two games a piece. Next up are the records within the conference. As of this morning, the Knicks are 21-24 against the east while the Hawks are 21-21.
In April, the Knicks will face seven games left against teams from the east and they represent the cream of the east coast crop. The Hawks on the other hand play 9 games in the conference and face a much easier schedule overall. Given the remaining games, it will be impossible for the Knicks to reach the playoffs in a tiebreak scenario. They must pass the Hawks.
In order to make the playoffs, the Knicks need to not only catch the Hawks, but get past them. If they’re unable to do so, the Knicks will find themselves on the outside looking in. It’s put up or shut up time for the 2013-14 Knicks as they try to send Mike Woodson out on a high note and reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
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