Sheridan: Autopsy of Phil Jackson’s Introductory News Conference

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photoDon’t expect miracles right away from Phil Jackson as he takes over the New York Knicks.

Unless, of course, you consider making the playoffs this season befitting of miracle status.

Because as much as Jackson talked about the future and the past, it was the present where he spoke most definitively. There were at least four occasions on which he discussed the upcoming playoffs, and only once did he hedge and acknowledge the Knicks might not make it.

So when Jackson steps into the home locker room tomorrow night prior to the Knicks game against the Indiana Pacers and addresses the team, the expectations will have already been set.

That six-game winning streak you guys are on? Make it seven!

That 4-game deficit behind the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference? Get it down to 2, then 1. And set yourselves up to get on a roll in mid-April that will carry into the playoffs.

10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Pacers Reach 50 Wins, Sixers Lose 21st Straight; Clippers’ Win Streak Ends

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As the 2013-14 NBA regular season winds down, every single result is of the utmost importance. On Monday, March 17, such was placed on display. A second team reached 50 wins, a superstar continued his path to MVP and tanking continued to be re-defined.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s games.

10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Spurs First to 50 Wins, Davis Drops 40 & 21, Ray Allen Goes Off

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RayAllenSH1College basketball attempted to steal the show with Selection Sunday, but the NBA stepped up with results that were critical to the 2014 playoffs. A perennial contender became the first team to reach 50 wins on the season, a young player continued to solidify his status as a rising star and a Hall of Famer turned back the hands of time.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Pierce Passes Ewing, Sixers Lose 20 Straight, Noah Goes Off

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Pierce BostonThe NBA’s all-time scoring list has been altered, tanking has been re-defined and a big man continued to establish himself as a well-rounded force. That was all in one night , as the Association came through with six important games.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.

10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Spurs Trio Reaches New Heights, Sixers Lose Again, Lakers & Jazz Eliminated

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Duncan Manu ParkerFriday, March 14 was one of the most significant days of the 2013-14 NBA regular season. A trio of players reached new heights of legendary status, two teams were eliminated from the playoffs and a star continued an extraordinary streak.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.