Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Knicks tie Grizzlies for longest playoff losing streak

Miami Heat's Joel Anthony, left, and New York

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The Knicks' playoff losing streak extended to 12 games with a 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat Monday night.

New York last won a playoff game in 2001 against the Toronto Raptors.

The 12 straight playoff losses ties the Knicks with the 2004-06 Grizzlies for the longest playoff losing streak in NBA history. A look at each streak: KNICKS GRIZZLIES Game 3 vs. Heat, Thursday 2011 first round...

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NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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Steve Novak championship belt t-shirt goes on sale

Steve Novak championship belt t-shirt.

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Steve Novak swag is finally available.

The Knicks unveiled a Novak-themed t-shirt, fully equipped with a championship belt, on the team store today.

The belt has the number 16 in the middle, and reads "NOVAK" and "NO DOUBT" on the left and right sides.

Posted on the Knicks Facebook page at 3:46 p.m. on Friday, the shirt had 975 likes and 57 comments in just...

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Flashback: 8 points, 9 seconds

Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller celebrates at the

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Day 23 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers franchise has three ABA titles but has never won an NBA title, and has 15 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 7, 1995

Situation: The No. 2 Indiana Pacers and the No. 3 New York Knicks square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

Context: A year after the franchise’s...

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Flashback: Houston ducks under . . . got it!

New York Knicks guard Allan Houston goes up

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Day 22 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the New York Knicks. The Knicks franchise has two NBA titles, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 16, 1999

Situation: The No. 8 New York Knicks and the No. 1 Miami Heat are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the 1999 Eastern Conference first round.

Context: The Knicks embodied the topsy-turvy lockout-shortened...

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Jeremy Lin among Time's Most Influential People

Jeremy Lin acknowledges the fans as he attends

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Time released its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World today, including one NBAer:

Jeremy Lin.

The Knicks point guard made the list following his meteoric rise from obscurity to one of the world's most popular athletes. Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education (and a major basketball enthusiast), wrote about Lin, "Jeremy cares only about one thing...

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Flashback: The John Starks disaster

A dejected John Starks of the New York

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Day 20 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Houston Rockets. The Rockets franchise has two NBA title, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 22, 1994

Situation: The No. 2 Houston Rockets and the No. 2 New York Knicks are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Context: The Rockets opened up the season 15-0, lost to the Hawks, then...

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40 years of Knicks playoff appearances

1996-97 SEASON Record: 57-25 The Knicks signed free-agent

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Remember the 4-point play?

The 1997 Knicks-Heat brawl?

John Starks' 2-for-18 Game 7 in 1994?

Stan Stutz averaging 16.8 points per game in the 1947 playoffs?

Probably not that last one. But that's what this Knicks playoff history photo gallery is for.

Look back at everything from three trips to the Finals in the 1950s, to the rise and fall of the Knicks in the 1960s...

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