New York Knicks: Jordan Crawford

Melo on Crawford spat: 'It's nonsense'

May, 3, 2013
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BOSTON -- On the eve of Game 6, Carmelo Anthony said the attention paid to what Jordan Crawford may or may not have said to him in the aftermath of Game 5 is "nonsense." He also defended his wife, LaLa, and her decision to fire back at Crawford via social media.

"She always gets thrown into the mix of the Boston Celtics series so I would be upset if I was her," Anthony said. "She's her own person at the end of the day, so she has the right to say whatever she wants to say."

LaLa took a shot at Crawford via Twitter after the Celtics' reserve used the social media outlet to deny allegations that he made a nasty reference to her as the teams' walked off the court in Game 5.

"I would never talk trash about that man's wife. I don't [know] him," Crawford wrote on his verified Twitter account. "All I did was respond!!"

LaLa then chimed in, tweeting on her verified account, "Try again. You on the bench for a reason," in a reference to the Celtics guard.

On Thursday morning, Anthony was asked about all the attention paid to Crawford's actions.

"It's nonsense to me. I don't pay no attention to that," Anthony said. "I told you that the other day, it wasn't even worth y'all typing that."

The back-and-forth on social media was in response to a dustup in the aftermath of the Celtics' Game 5 win over the Knicks.

Television cameras showed Crawford appearing to curse at Anthony as the Knicks and Celtics filed off the floor. Raymond Felton then approached Crawford and teammate D.J. White. Felton had to be restrained by his teammates.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers rushed his players off the floor. No punches were thrown.

Anthony insisted that the Knicks' focus would not be impacted by the postgame flare-up and the back-and-forth that followed.

"As far as anything [regarding trash talk] goes, basketball is the first priority," he said. "No disrespect to anybody else but I'm trying to win this series. I told y'all all year long that I would let no negativity in our locker room, into our circle, and that's the way it's going to be."

The Knicks once led this first-round series 3-0 but failed twice to close the series out. So they face a Game 6 in Boston on Friday. If they lose tonight, they'd be one loss away from making the wrong kind of NBA history. No team in league history has ever lost a series after leading 3-0.

Anthony, who has missed 41 shots over the past two games, said his team should feel no pressure heading into Friday's game.

"We shouldn't be here playing with no pressure," Anthony said, indicating his team's preference for a pressure-free Game 6. "When you play with pressure, it makes the game tense and puts a lot of stress on this game, on this situation. I don't think we're the type of team that should be playing with a lot of pressure."

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LaLa Anthony tweaks Jordan Crawford

May, 2, 2013
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Lala VazquezAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The on-court beef between the Knicks and Celtics turned into a Twitter feud Thursday afternoon.

Jordan Crawford took to Twitter to deny allegations that he made a nasty reference to Carmelo Anthony's wife, LaLa, as the teams walked off the court after Game 5.

"I would never talk trash about that man's wife. I don't [know] him," Crawford wrote on his verified Twitter account. "All I did was respond!!"

LaLa Anthony also chimed in via social media. She tweeted on her verified account, "Try again. You on the bench for a reason," in a reference to the Celtics' reserve guard. She included a link to a post on Instagram featuring a picture that said "Strong women only intimidate weak men."

The back-and-forth on social media was in response to a dustup in the aftermath of the Celtics' Game 5 win over the Knicks.

Television cameras showed Crawford cursing at Anthony as the Knicks and Celtics filed off the floor. Raymond Felton took umbrage and approached Crawford and teammate D.J. White. Felton had to be restrained by his teammates.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers rushed his players off the floor. No punches were thrown.

"Just some words," Felton said after the game. "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."

On Thursday, Tyson Chandler said Crawford crossed a line if he did address Anthony's wife, though Chandler made it clear that he did not hear the conversation.

"There are certain things that you leave outside [the game]," Chandler said. "If he did say any of those things, then he definitely crossed the line."

Added Felton: "Did he cross the line? Uh, some people may say yes, some people may say no. Whatever. It's all in the game, man. People are going to talk junk. People are going to say what they want to say. You have a right to voice your opinion. You have a right to say what you want. We know what he's trying to do. He's trying to get us away from what we need to focus on the most and that‘s playing basketball."

Mike Woodson said he addressed the issue of trash talk and advised his team to "let things go."

"I don't know what was said, but it doesn't matter what was said. The bottom line is you still have got to play the game," Woodson said. "Like I said, I've addressed that with our guys. We've just got to let things like that go and just play."

Woodson was also upset with his team for its decision to wear black before Game 5 to mimic a funeral for Boston.

The Celtics trailed in the series 3-1 heading into Game 5 and forced a Game 6 with a 92-86 win at Madison Square Garden. Boston is the 11th team in NBA history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-seven series. Three teams have won Game 6.

Woodson insisted Thursday that his team is still confident heading into Boston.

"We're 3-2 in the series and still facing a close-out game. I feel pretty good about it, and our guys feel good," he said. "We just got to go give back what we gave away last night. We got to go back there and try and figure it out tomorrow night."

The Knicks have not won a playoff series since 2000.

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TEAM LEADERS

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Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2