In the face of Boston’s defense taking away their first option on Saturday, the New York Knicks offense often reverted to a lot of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith isolation. Which isn’t good. The Knicks still won, but that was more about the inept Celtics offense in the fourth than what the Knicks offense started doing right.
The Knicks hope that having guard Pablo Prigioni back and starting will change the offensive flow. And he is back and will start in Game 2, reports the New York Post (and other New York media).
Prigioni had been out with a sprained ankle and missed Game 1 of the series.
Prigioni is a 35-year-old NBA rookie who is an experienced international player out of Argentina. He could have come to the NBA long ago but was comfortable and happy playing overseas (he didn’t grow up with NBA dreams like younger generations in Europe did). He plays a very unselfish, European style game, which is what the Knicks need with gunners like Antony and Smith on the roster.
We’ll see how that helps the Knicks, who certainly don’t want to go back to Boston in a 1-1 series and see this as a virtual must-win game.
Gordon Hayward dunks on Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thon Maker (videos)
The Lakers took on the salary of Jose Calderon this year so they could get a couple second-round picks from the Bulls (Chicago got him from New York in the Derrick Rose trade), but even with the previous regime in Los Angeles the aging point guard was never part of the future.
Sources told ESPN that it’s not yet a certainty Calderon will secure his release from the Lakers in the coming days, but the sides are indeed discussing the options as Wednesday’s playoff eligibility deadline nears….
Sources say that Calderon, if he winds up hitting the open market, would instantly become a target for both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.
Cleveland may also have interest if their plan to land Deron Williams when he is bought out by Dallas goes awry.
Calderon, 35, was not part of the Lakers’ regular rotation, playing in just 24 games. He can still knock down a shot if he has space and can set his feet, and he still has a high hoops IQ and can see the floor, but his athleticism has faded, and that can leave him exposed. Particularly on defense.
Players are being waived now so they clear in time for teams to sign them by March 1, after that said players are not eligible for playoff rosters.
There are better players to hit the waiver wire in the coming days — D-Will, Andrew Bogut, Matt Barnes — but Calderon is going to land somewhere. He’d be a solid third point guard and veteran presence for a playoff run.
Marquese Chriss blocks Bobby Portis, who gets testy (video)
The time off during the All-Star break did Dwyane Wade some good.
The Bulls guard turned back the clock on Friday night, leading the Bulls with 23 points and topping it off with this dunk that proved to be the dagger, sealing a Chicago win. The Suns were convinced Wade was going to run the shot clock way down before making his move and they lollygagged into position — so he just blew past everyone for the poster slam.