Not sure this really helps much, but it’s not like things are going to get worse.
Amare Stoudemire took part in drills with the Knicks Friday morning and coach Mike Woodson expects him to play in Game 4 Sunday, tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. Woodson was able to catch passes, dunk and use the hand he tore up by smashing it into the glass casing of a fire extinguisher in Miami. The fire extinguisher won.
The Knicks are down 0-3 to the Miami Heat in the first round and the Heat’s suffocating defense is the reason. In theory having another weapon the caliber of Stoudemire on the floor will help attack a defense, but it hasn’t worked that way. This season the Knicks were six points per 100 possessions worse when ‘Melo and Amare were paired than when it was just ‘Melo. Mike Woodson’s offense flows through ‘Melo — in game 6 he had 26 shots and Stoudemire nine. Which was why he was frustrated and hit a fire extinguisher.
But at this point, it can’t hurt, can it?
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.