Twelve games were on the schedule on the final Wednesday before the All-Star break. The Raptors pulled a major upset in New York, the Spurs barely escaped Cleveland, the Mavericks extended their home win streak against the Kings and the Celtics stymied the Bulls.
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith is always battling slanderous tweets directed towards him, and never fails to bring it up after the conclusion of a game – especially when the team loses, as it did on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors.
Smith scored a team-high 26 points on eight-of-17 shooting – a strong effort by the guard, who had to carry the load for an offensively futile night for the Knicks, as they shot just 35 percent as a team.
Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson are integral pieces to the puzzle, but the main reason the Nets have become as relevant as they have is because of the acquisition of Williams. This team goes only as far as he can take them.
During his days as a member of the Jazz, he was consistently known as one of the top three point guards in the league. Some even considered him the very best, period. Those days are long gone now, and you wonder if he’s even the best point guard in his own division. One of the issues that has caused his downfall has been the state of his body.
Word has been – since he became a Net, really – that the once-great guard has been dealing with an assortment of injuries, from his wrist to his ankles. In fact, he has been ailing all season with ankle issues and will have them treated during the much-needed All-Star weekend, from Tim Bontemps of New York Post:
One of the most exciting games of the season took three overtimes to decide. Paul Pierce played 54 of the 63 minutes, had a monster triple-double (27 PTS, 14 REB, 14 AST) and one of his five 3-pointers saved the game. Kevin Garnett (20 PTS, 18 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 3 BLK) played 47 minutes and Jason Terry also hit five triples among his 26 points.
NEW YORK — After the Los Angeles Clippers beat up on the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon, Carmelo Anthony scoffed at the notion that the Knicks need to make a change or two.
“Shump ain’t going nowhere,” Anthony matter-of-factly said when asked about the recent trade rumors involving Iman Shumpert and a potential deal to the Phoenix Suns.
“The Knicks shouldn’t even be in trade talk right now,” he said as he walked out of the Knicks locker room.