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Pablo Prigioni flopped all over against the Celtics (Video)

Pablo Prigioni flopPablo Prigioni got his flop on against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on Friday night. The Knicks guard flopped at least twice during the game — once in the second quarter (video above) and another time in the third quarter (video below).

In both cases a Celtics player jumped and landed on Prigioni, so both foul calls were legitimate. However, especially in the case of the second flop, Prigioni completely exaggerated how much he was hit.

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Terrence Williams: Knicks funeral talk was offensive

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The New York Knicks may have thought they were being cute when they dressed in all black before Game 5 in New York on Wednesday, but it turns out they may have only offended and motivated the Boston Celtics. In fact, Celtics reserve forward Terrence Williams said Friday he found the gesture offensive.

“But when people wear all black and say it’s a funeral, a lot of us have people that died in our own personal lives. So that’s not really something funny, that’s not really nothing to play with.

“You can say you’re going to end the series in New York, but not a funeral. So we know we don’t like them, and they know they don’t like us,” Williams said before the team’s shootaround Friday, via the New York Daily News.

I wouldn’t say that wearing all black in this context is offensive, but if Boston took it that way, more power to them.

The Celtics have won two in a row against the Knicks after starting the series down 3-0. With Friday’s game being a home contest in Boston, there’s a realistic possibility the C’s can send the series to a seventh game. If they do, we might have to pinpoint two things that helped turn the series: JR Smith’s elbow on Jason Terry that got him suspended for Game 4, and the all-black funeral attire.

James Harden makes great play to get 2 for 1 at end of third quarter (Video)

James-Harden-2-for-1The Houston Rockets turned their matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder into a series with a 107-100 Game 5 win on Wednesday night. The Rockets now trail 3-2 in the series with a chance to even things up at home on Friday. While it is unlikely that they come back, anything can happen with Russell Westbrook watching from the sidelines.

One of the most important plays in Game 5 came at the end of the third quarter, courtesy of James Harden. With 35.9 seconds left and the Rockets leading by nine, Harden let the ball roll all the way beyond half court before touching it. He then picked it up and quickly drained a three, leaving 33.2 seconds on the clock.

Kevin Durant made a basket on the other end of the court, but Harden’s smart play left Houston enough time to hit another shot before the quarter ended and extend their lead to 87-75. DeAndre Liggins clearly should have put some pressure on Harden to make him pick the ball up, but instead he just sat there and watched and helped give Royce White a reason to run his mouth after the game. We call that outsmarting the opposition.

Jordan Crawford, Carmelo Anthony at center of postgame mixup (Video)

Jordan Crawford Carmelo AnthonyJordan Crawford got into it with Carmelo Anthony after the Boston Celtics’ 92-86 win over the New York Knicks in Game 5 of their playoff series on Wednesday night.

As the final seconds were ticking off the clock, Crawford appeared to say something to Anthony. Raymond Felton didn’t like what he heard and tried sticking up for his teammate.

Though Melo walked away, others players got in between Felton and Crawford.

Anthony had an off night shooting. He went just 8-of-24 for 22 points and missed all five of his three point attempts. Crawford, meanwhile, didn’t even play in the game, yet he was running his mouth afterwards. Another player feeling more cocky than he should.

Credit to Carmelo for not falling into the trash talking trap the way he did in January with Kevin Garnett.

“I’m not thinking about Jordan Crawford right now,” Anthony said after the game, per the Washington Post’s Michael Lee. “I don’t even think he deserves for you to be typing about him.”

What’s this? A newer, wiser Carmelo Anthony? I’m shocked he didn’t get caught up in the trash talk this time. That’s smart, because the Knicks need him focused so they can close out this series.

Knicks wore black to Game 5 for Celtics’ funeral, then got buried

Knicks black funeralKenyon Martin encouraged his New York Knicks teammates to wear black to Madison Square Garden to symbolize their plans to end the Boston Celtics’ season with a funeral, but they were the ones who got buried.

The whole funeral talk began because of an exchange between Martin and the Celtics’ Jason Terry before Game 4.

“The guy was mouthing off before the game,” Kenyon Martin told the New York Daily News after Game 4. “[Terry] told me, ‘You’re not dancing at my funeral today.’’’

In response, Martin told his Knicks teammates to wear black to Wednesday’s game, which they lost 92-86. JR Smith said after the game that they were the ones who got buried.

“Well we was going to a funeral but it looked like we got buried,” JR Smith said, via NJ.com. “It’s all part of being humbled and basketball is a very humbling game.

“I’m done with this black stuff,” Smith told NJ.com. “I’m a superstitious person. I’m going to go back to my old routine.”

Meanwhile, Martin refused to talk about the black clothing when asked about it after the game. He even flashed the look of death at the reporter after being pressed on it:

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Mark Jackson: Denver Nuggets sent ‘hitmen’ on Steph Curry

Mark Jackson complained after the Golden State Warriors’ 107-100 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night that Denver sent “hitmen” at his best player, Steph Curry.

“[They] tried to send ‘hitmen’ on Steph [Curry],” Jackson said after the game.

When asked to elaborate, Jackson did.

“There were some dirty plays earlier. It’s playoff basketball, that’s alright. We owe them. Make no mistake about it: we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball. Not trying to hurt anybody.”

Steph Curry Kenneth FariedDuring the first quarter with the Nuggets up 9-5, Curry was running down the lane as the Warriors were about to set up an offensive play. As he was going down the key, Kenneth Faried tried to trip him. Curry has been battling an ankle injury during the series, so one could argue he was being targeted in the foot.

Then in the second quarter, Kosta Koufos fouled Curry twice as he was trying to shoot a shot from the wing. Curry pushed Koufos back in response and pointed at the big man.

About two minutes later, Andrew Bogut stepped in as an enforcer and pushed Faried in the throat, likely as retaliation.

According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, the players disagreed on who’s targeting whom.

“They come out of nowhere, trying to throw elbows,” Curry said.

“They play dirty every night. They’ve targeted me,” said Faried.

Memo to Faried: you start it, Golden State will finish.

Game 6 on Thursday should be a fun one. Since it’s in Oakland, I would imagine it would be tougher for Nuggets players to get away with those plays in front of the opposing fans. I also expect the Warriors to close out the series.

Serge Ibaka misses gimme layup to end Game 4 (Video)

Serge IbakaSerge Ibaka missed a gimme layup at the end of Game 4 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets to seal the 105-103 win for Houston.

Kevin Durant received an inbounds pass and was defended closely by Francisco Garcia. He picked up his dribble with about seven seconds left and the Thunder down by two. He gave the ball to Reggie Jackson, who alertly drove to the hoop and tried throwing up a floater over Omer Asik. Although Jackson appeared to be fouled, no call was made. His ball nicked off the rim and went to Ibaka, who was in perfect position for the putback. Ibaka missed the layup, giving Houston the two-point win.

At least OKC still leads the series 3-1, but they would have liked to finish off the series on Monday.

Here’s a GIF of Ibaka’s reaction to the miss:

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