Martin and Smith are ill and questionable for Tuesday night’s game in Indianapolis. Shumpert has a sore left knee but coach Mike Woodson says he probably will play in Game 4 against the Pacers.
Amar’e Stoudemire will likely be limited to about 10 to 15 minutes per game if he is able to return during New York’s playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.
Nobody ever really stops Carmelo Anthony. Not in his mind, anyway.
“I think for the most part, from the start of the game and throughout the whole game, I think we played with a sense of urgency today,” Anthony said after the game. “We played the way we’ve been playing as far as competing at the highest level.”
Tempers flared at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night shortly after the Boston Celtics pulled off a 92-86 win over the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their playoff series.
The Knicks will try to end their best-of-seven series Wednesday night in front of New York’s fans — and Anthony is confident his team can get it done.
“He’s good. He’s good to go,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett during a conference call with reporters. “He’ll practice tomorrow, and he’ll play on Friday.”
“If he’s able to make it back, he will be back in the rotation, ready to play,” Woodson said. “I’m expecting him to do what he was doing before he left. He played some pretty good, positive minutes for our ballclub before he got hurt.”
The NBA Playoffs have begun and Lang Whitaker from NBA.com joined me to break down the first-round battles.
A person with knowledge of the voting results tells The Associated Press that J.R. Smith has won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
For the Boston Celtics, it’s time for the real season to begin.
Carmelo Anthony won the scoring title without playing, and the Atlanta Hawks lost their chance to move up in the East standings.