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What went wrong for the Knicks?

Indiana Pacers' Roy Hibbert (55) and Paul George

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Five ways the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers went wrong for the Knicks:

1) Chandler bombs

Tyson Chandler didn’t play like a former Defensive Player of the Year or All-Defensive First-Team center against Indiana’s Roy Hibbert. Chandler totaled 36 rebounds and 29 fouls in the six games, while Hibbert averaged 13.3 points and 10.3 boards.

2) Anthony...

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Mike Woodson didn't think Chris Copeland would make the Knicks

Chris Copeland goes to the hoop against the

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Mike Woodson said he didn’t think Chris Copeland would make the Knicks this season and now he’s going to be one of the first players off the bench in their biggest game of the season Saturday night.

It sounds a little like the Jeremy Lin story all over again.

Copeland, a well-traveled 29-year-old rookie, helped the Knicks beat the Pacers in Game and extend the Eastern Conference semifinals...

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Mike Woodson: 'This is a major, major game for our ball club'

Mike Woodson talks to J.R. Smith during the

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Mike Woodson didn’t minimize the importance of Tuesday night’s Game 2 for the Knicks.

“This is a major game for us tonight,” Woodson said. “We don’t want to go to Indiana down two games. So this is a major, major game for our ball club.

Yet, Woodson said he’s telling his team to not feel any pressure down 0-1 against Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Woodson isn’t getting...

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J.R. Smith is NBA's top Sixth Man

J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks celebrates

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. - J.R. Smith wanted to start this season, but became the best sixth man in the NBA.

Smith will be named the Sixth Man of the Year for his strong season off the bench. The NBA will present him with the award this afternoon at the Knicks practice facility.

Smith averaged career-highs of 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 80 games, all as a reserve. He scored at least 20 points...

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Flip Saunders breaks down what makes Celtics a tough match-up for Knicks

Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders watches the final

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ESPN analyst Flip Saunders broke down the Knicks-Boston series on a conference call and said you “don’t ever count them out,” with respect to the Celtics.

Saunders was an advisor for the Celtics last season and coached Kevin Garnett for years in Minnesota so he has a good perspective.

“As Doc has always said, this team is always built for the playoffs,” Saunders said. “What I mean by...

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Rasheed Wallace retires

Rasheed Wallace’s playing career is official over, for good this time.

The Knicks announced today that Wallace has retired. He tried to return from a foot injury that kept him out for four month. But after he aggravated it in Monday’s loss in Charlotte Wallace has decided to call it a career.

“Rasheed has given this team everything he had,” Mike Woodson said in a statement. “He is a...

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NBA orders Iman Shumpert to remove logo from haircut

Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks reacts

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Iman Shumpert's hairstyle -- a high-top fade -- has been an attention-getter all season, and last week it got the league's attention.

Shumpert had an adidas logo cut into his the lower left side of his fade, and the league told him he couldn't have a commercial emblem on his head. Shumpert apologized and had the logo removed....

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Bernard King is a Carmelo Anthony fan

Bernard King with the University of Tennessee.

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Bernard King, who earned induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last Monday, is an Anthony fan. He was in Atlanta the night Anthony had a chance to duplicate King's 1984 feat of back-to-back 50-point games for the Knicks. Anthony finished with 40.

"He’s playing the best basketball of any player in the league," King said. "He has such versatility. He can...

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Carmelo Anthony could be overlooked for All-NBA first team

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony holds the ball before

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Carmelo Anthony could lead the league in scoring and finish in the top three in MVP voting and still not make the All-NBA first team.

Voters have to pick two guards, one center and two forwards for the All-NBA teams. LeBron James and Kevin Durant likely will be named first-team forwards. If the league had gone the same route as it did for the All-Star Game -- eliminating the center position...

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Knicks waive Kurt Thomas, sign Solomon Jones

Kurt Thomas (40) raises his hand for a

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The Knicks officially announced Friday that Kurt Thomas was waived and Solomon Jones was signed to a contract.

The 6-10 Jones, who played in China, will be in uniform for Friday's game against the Cavaliers. The Knicks initially went after James Singleton, who also played in China this year, but he didn’t get a letter of clearance to play in the NBA. 

Jones, 28, has played for the...

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