Veteran forward Rasheed Wallace is set to come out of retirement and will suit up for the New York Knicks this coming season. The Knicks are expected to sign the 15-year veteran at the start of training camp after working him out over the weekend. (more)
The Chicago Bulls defeated the New York Knicks 98-86 in last night’s contest at United Center. On a night when the Bulls had PG Derrick Rose out with a sore ankle, the rest of the team stepped up. Chicago’s SG Richard Hamilton and SF Luol Deng led the team with 20 and 19 points. (more)
Kevin Garnett contributed 20 of his team-high 26 points in the second half to lead his Boston Celtics past the New York Knicks 101-89 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The veteran Celts are currently the only team to clinch a spot in the second round after completing their first post-season sweep since 1992, back when Larry Bird and Co. battled to a 3-0 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Boston will have at least one week to rest before their expected matchup with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The C’s gained a 23-point lead in the third quarter, only to see it diminish to four in the final frame before jumping on KG’s back to solidify the W. “Everybody understood what was at stake. Give a team some confidence, even in a 3-0 series to win a game, you never know what can happen,” said Paul Pierce after his 13-point performance. “So it was just very important for us to withstand the run. They made a great run and the crowd really got behind them, but in the fourth quarter we just really settled down in the last six or seven minutes, executed the offense and were able to put the game out of reach.”
Boston PG Rajon Rondo came through with 21 points and 12 assists. Glen Davis sparked the Celtics bench with 14 points and five rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks offense with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Check back for more Boston Celtics updates right here at Ace!
Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal traveled with the team yesterday in anticipation for Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden this weekend. The entire Celtics roster made the trip out with a 2-0 series lead over their Eastern Conference rival New York Knicks. “If he’s closer to playing – you know how we’ve done it – if you see him on the trip he’s really close,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Shaq. “If he goes on the trip, that means we think he’ll play that Sunday.”
O’Neal missed 45 games this season due to injuries in his right knee, calf and Achilles, playing just 5 1/2 minutes since February 1st. Knicks starters Amare Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups are both listed as questionable for Game 3 Friday night. Billups had blood drained from his strained left knee after undergoing an MRI exam Wednesday. Stoudemire has been battling back spasms since leaving Tuesday’s game early in the second quarter. Check back for Celtics vs. Knicks playoff updates with us at Ace!
Kevin Garnett posted up for the go-ahead bucket and gathered the game-clinching steal in the closing seconds of regulation, leading the Boston Celtics to win 96-93 over the New York Knicks in Wednesday’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal contest at the TD Garden. The C’s now hold a 2-0 advantage with Games 3 and 4 to be played in New York Friday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 24th. After Ray Allen hit the dagger to solidify their Game 1 victory, it was Garnett who stepped up this time around on both ends of the floor. “I wasn’t really in a nice rhythm,” said Garnett, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “I just remained calm, went to a shot I knew I could make.”
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 42 points for New York but Boston’s Rajon Rondo was the one who controlled the tempo through all four quarters. Rondo scored 16 of his 30 points in transition, gaining seven assists and four rebounds along the way. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen contributed 20 and 18, respectively. The Knicks were able to keep it close without All-Star forward Amare Stoudemire (back spasms) and veteran PG Chauncey Billups (strained left knee). Both Stoudemire and Billups are expected to return to game-action Friday.
The sixth-seeded Knicks will have to win at least one of two in order to push the series back to Boston for Game 5. “The Celtics didn’t do anything special,” said Anthony. “They won two games on their home court. Now it’s our turn to go to our home court and try to do the same thing.” Despite Carmelo’s remarks, it’s hard to ignore New York’s inabilities to execute as the Celts continue to lock down on defense and convert down the stretch. Celtics vs. Knicks playoff tickets are now available!
The Boston Celtics were content in holding the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference in light of head coach Doc Rivers resting his starters in yesterday’s 95-94 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards last night at the Verizon Center. “I usually don’t seek out – it comes from me all the time – but this was one where I asked a lot of questions to some players, all our coaches, to Danny, so this was a tough one, but this was the right one,” said Rivers after the game. “At the end of the day for us, it’s got to be right for our team and whatever is best for our team, even over seeding.”
The C’s are now lined up to battle the sixth-seeded New York Knicks in the opening round of the 2011 post-season. The two teams will meet for their final regular season contest at the TD Garden this Wednesday. Boston is 3-0 against the Knicks this year, defeating them once at home and twice on the road. Game 1 is scheduled for Sunday, April 17th with Game 2 set for the following Tuesday. Celtics vs. Knicks playoff tickets are now available!
Carmelo Anthony produced 31 points and 11 rebounds while Amare Stoudemire netted 18 to lead their New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 97-92 Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center. Andre Iguodala pulled the Sixers within one with his first 3-pointer of the game, setting the stage for Anthony to supply the final dagger from downtown in the remaining seconds to put the game out of reach.
The Knicks have now moved into the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference ahead of the 76ers and Indiana Pacers with a 40-38 regular season record. After losing six games in a row the Knicks have found their rhythm, defeating the Magic, Nets, Cavaliers and Raptors at home before edging the Sixers on the road.
“We’re keeping the momentum going, we’re keeping the streak going,” said Anthony. “We wanted to win. I don’t really care about six or seven.” New York is next set to matchup against the Nets and Pacers away before hosting the Chicago Bulls to mark their last home game Tuesday, April 12th. Their final regular season contest will take place in Boston the following day. Check here for the best New York Knicks regular season and playoff ticket deals.
Carmelo Anthony appeared to have an easy transition back to his hometown, contributing 27 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in New York Knicks uniform en route to a 114-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. “This was ordinary for him, and that’s the highest compliment of what he does. You drop him in any place, any playground, any place in the world and he’ll put up 27 points and 10 rebounds,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “That’s what he does for a living.”
Earlier this week a blockbuster deal was completed that sent Anthony with Denver teammates Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman to New York for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick. Billups had no problem controlling the tempo for the Knicks, netting 21 points while distributing eight assists. Toney Douglas came through for New York with 23 points from 10-of-12 shooting off the bench.
Both Anthony and Billups were embraced with standing ovations and loud cheers by Knicks fans all around, who have been starved of a good lineup for over a decade. “I never experienced anything like that before,” said Anthony. “That was a hell of a moment for the fans to react the way they did.” New York Knicks basketball is back! Purchase your tickets right here at Ace!
The New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets have agreed to a blockbuster three-team deal that will send Carmelo Anthony to join forces with Amar’e Stoudemire back east. The former Syracuse University star player publicly stated his desire to play for New York before starting his seventh regular season in Denver. The Knicks expect to sign Anthony to a three-year, $65 million extension in the process.
As a part of the deal, New York will send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets in exchange for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. The Knicks have also reached agreement to ship Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and $3 million to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Corey Brewer.
Denver coach George Karl will look to get his team refocused after a season so far packed with rumors and media headlines. “I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad it’s an opportunity to reinvent,” he said. “I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There’s some sadness to it, there always will be.” The Knicks will hope to have Carmelo in uniform Wednesday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks. New York Knicks tickets are now available!
Amar’e Stoudemire netted 24 points with a side of eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to lead his New York Knicks past the Miami Heat 93-88 yesterday at Madison Square Garden. The Heat seemed to be in control through the majority of the contest but New York kept chipping away in the fourth, setting the stage for Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields to bury consecutive 3-points in the final two minutes.
Gallinari finished with 20 points and Fields added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks to defeat Miami for the first time this season. “It’s important for us mentally,” said Gallinari. “We lost two times against them and we wanted to get this win. Now we know we can beat them. It was an important win.”
Dwayne Wade (wearing his new-look goggles due to migraines) had 34 points and 16 rebounds but couldn’t find his rhythm in the fourth, missing his final seven shots. LeBron James contributed 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists while James Jones followed up with 15 points and five rebounds, respectively. Miami is next set to welcome the Detroit Pistons tonight as the Knicks hit the road to matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.