Notebook: Skirmish intensifies rivalry
May, 2, 2013
By Ian Begley and Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Celtics-Knicks rivalry has intensified following Game 5's events.Tempers flared at the end of Game 5.
Television cameras showed Boston's Jordan Crawford yell at Carmelo Anthony as the Knicks and Celtics filed off the floor. Raymond Felton took umbrage and approached Crawford and his teammate, D.J. White. Felton had to be restrained by his teammates.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers rushed his players off of the floor. No punches were thrown.
"Just some words," Felton said. "That's the game of basketball; it happens. You get in the playoffs, it gets intense sometimes. Just words, nothing serious."
Anthony downplayed Crawford's actions. He even took a dig at the Celtics reserve.
"I'm not thinking about no Jordan Crawford, not at this point in time, I'll tell you that," Anthony said. "I don't even think he deserves for you to be typing [his name] right now."
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND: While Anthony and J.R. Smith struggled offensively -- in fact, Smith started 0-for-10 from the field -- Felton continued his efficient scoring in the series.
For the second straight game, the point guard finished with more than 20 points. He had 21 points (on 10-for-19 shooting), six rebounds and four assists in Game 5.
"I thought Raymond was sold in terms of mixing it up," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
CHANDLER'S CONDITIONING: For the fifth game in a row, Tyson Chandler's minutes increased. He played 34 minutes on Wednesday night, scoring eight points, and grabbed 11 rebounds for the second game in a row. He also had three steals.
"I felt great," he said. "This game is probably the best I've felt. I felt lively, my legs felt good."
Chandler, however, got outplayed by Kevin Garnett, who had 16 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. His low-post scoring forced Chandler into three fouls in the second quarter, prompting Mike Woodson to call on Marcus Camby for the first time in the series. The third-string center played one minute, grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring on a putback.
NOVAKAINE SHOT: Steve Novak played only three minutes in Game 5 due to back spasms. He was pulled early in the second quarter and never returned to the game. Neither Novak nor Woodson commented on the situation afterward.
CELTICS' RESPONSE TO KNICKS' "FUNERAL LOOK": Gang Green knew about the Knicks' pregame black look, as if they were going to attend the Celtics' funeral afterward.
But the Celtics couldn't care less.
"Honestly, no, we didn't make note of it," Jeff Green said after the game. "They want to do what they want to do; that's none of our business. We're here to win games and take care of business. Whatever shenanigans they want to pull, dressing in all black, let them do that. We're here to win games and not talk."
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