Raymond Felton (ankle) finished the Knicks' Game 6 loss to the Pacers with two points on 0-of-7 shooting, ending his season on a down-beat.
During the playoffs Felton averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals in 38 minutes per game. Other than the assists those numbers are an improvement from his regular season, during which he also shot just 42.7 percent from the field. He's shot better than 43.1 percent once in his career (2008-09 with Charlotte) and we're not expecting a jump-shot renaissance in 2013-14.
Tyson Chandler fouled out of Saturday's Game 6 with two points, six rebounds and zero blocks.
He lasted under 23 minutes and was once again decimated by Roy Hibbert (21 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks), further evidence that his sore wrist, neck and back have limited him in the postseason. The former Defensive Player of the Year will earn a guaranteed $28.7 million over the next two seasons and New York can only hope that he stays healthy, as he's missed an average of 22.4 games since 2008-09.
Carmelo Anthony poured in a game-high 39 points in a futile effort on Saturday, as the Knicks' season ended with a physical Game 6 loss to the Pacers.
Melo came in shooting 41.3 percent in the series. He finished tonight's game 15-of-29 from the field and 8-of-8 from the FT line, but he couldn't win the game by himself. The reigning scoring champ is likely to have a familiar supporting cast next season -- mid-season pickup Kenyon Martin is New York's biggest unrestricted free agent, while J.R. Smith has a $2.9 million player option, Chris Copeland will likely be a restricted free agent, and Pablo Prigioni has an affordable qualifying offer.
Iman Shumpert nearly salvaged Game 6 for the Knicks on Saturday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five 3-pointers.
Carmelo Anthony's 39-point game wasn't enough, and neither was Shumpert's scintillating third quarter which erased a substantial deficit and briefly allowed the Knicks to take the lead. The problem was that everyone else on the Knicks shot a combined 28.3 percent from the field -- J.R. Smith went 4-of-15, Raymond Felton was 0-of-7, and Jason Kidd finished his season with an incredible 10-game scoreless streak.
J.R. Smith finished the Knicks' season-ending Game 6 loss with 15 points on 4-of-15 shooting, 10 rebounds, and three assists.
Smith came in shooting 29.6 percent in the series but that didn't prevent him from launching nine 3-pointers, only two of which found their mark. His lousy playoffs may dim his value as a free agent this summer, but it is considered "very, very likely" that the 2013 Sixth-Man of the Year will decline his $2.9 million player option and test free agency this summer.
Tyson Chandler had his wrist taped at practice Saturday but said it's "fine."
"Fine" is the same way Chandler described his back and neck, which have hindered him for much of this postseason. We have no doubt that Chandler will be in the lineup for Game 6, but we also don't think he's anywhere close to as healthy as Chandler and the Knicks say he is. The Knicks must win Game 6 to avoid elimination.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson strongly hinted Friday that he would stick with the same rotation and minutes in Saturday's Game 6.
That rotation kept the struggling Jason Kidd and the rusty Amare Stoudemire on the bench for the entire second half. Kidd appears to be barely hanging on at this point in the season while STAT is still adjusting after returning from his second knee surgery of the season. The absence of both players allow Chris Copeland to play a substantial role and the rookie forward gave the Knicks enough of a boost in Game 5 that Woodson said he might increase Copeland's minutes Saturday. It's hard to see either Kidd or STAT having much of an impact the rest of this series.