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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Bickering’ Knicks look to regroup for Game 4 against Pacers

05.14.13 at 7:53 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Knicks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Senators at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ The Knicks face the Pacers in Game 4 of their series Tuesday night in Indianapolis, looking to avoid falling into a 3-1 series hole. They’re also looking to play less selfish, something center Tyson Chandler noted after Sunday’s 82-71 loss.

“I’m not saying it maliciously. I think it’s more so you get in a situation where you want to take over the game or you want to make a big should where you [should] stick to the game plan,” Chandler said Sunday. “A good team wins basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great, great individual ‘€¦ and we only have a few of those come through.”

There was speculation that Chandler was referring to the oft-criticized Carmelo Anthony, although he also could have had in mind J.R. Smith (4-for-12 Sunday) or Raymond Felton (1-for-8).

Responded Anthony on Monday: “I really don’€™t want to go back and forth about that because I really don’€™t know exactly what he’€™s talking about. But if he feels that way ‘€¦ we’€™re about to get together right now and discuss that amongst ourselves and figure that out. Just get his take, his perspective on that comment. And we’€™ll handle that internally and figure that out amongst ourselves.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson played down the issue.

“I don’€™t get mad at things like that,” Woodson said. “Sometimes bickering amongst each other is pretty healthy. I don’€™t call it bickering, maybe that’€™s not the word to use. I just think he’€™s being a good teammate. I say it. Sometimes it’€™s good that it comes from within, the guys that are on the floor working. I don’€™t see nothing wrong with it.”

‘™¦ The family of former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming the league for the Boogaard’s brain damage and an addiction to prescription painkillers. Boogaard died two years ago at the age of 28 of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol.

“He was there protecting his teammates at all costs,” mother Joanne Boogaard said in a statement Monday, “but who was there to protect him?”

Boogaard played six seasons and 277 games with the Wild and Rangers. He had three goals and at least 66 fights. The lawsuit claims that in the 2008-09 season with Minnesota, Boogaard received 1,021 prescriptions from NHL team physicians, dentists, trainers and staff.

Said family attorney William Gibbs: “The NHL drafted Derek Boogaard because it wanted his massive body to fight in order to enhance ratings, earnings and exposure. Then, once he became addicted to these narcotics, the NHL promised his family that it would take care of him. It failed.”

‘™¦ Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon, the team’s No. 1 pick in 2012 who has a couple of DUI arrests on his record and last month was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, spoke to reporters Monday and denied he has a problem.

“No, I would say I don’t,” the 23-year-old said. “Out of the whole thing, one of the main things I would say that I had a problem with was just making a poor decision.”

Blackmon insisted he does not need a lifestyle change, but he said he will try harder to stay out of trouble.

“I’ve made decisions and choices to make better decisions,” he said, “and if that’s staying at home, then it’s just staying at home.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 14, 1981, the Celtics captured their 14th NBA title with a 102-91 victory over the Rockets in Game 6. Who was named finals MVP?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They had us on the ropes and we’re glad we’re done with them. Drained is obviously the key word. The emotions of this game had us going in all directions.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after Monday’s Game 7 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs

STAT OF THE DAY: 11 — Stitches for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on his chin after he collided with an outfield wall chasing a fly ball during Monday’s game vs. the Dodgers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Manny Ramirez, playing in Taiwan, comes up about 10 feet short on his slide into second base.

From the top soccer league in Moldova, 18-year-old Radu Mitu, making his debut for Milsami-Ursido, accidentally throws the ball into his own goal early in a 2-1 loss to Rapid Ghidighici.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Cedric Maxwell

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby Darin, who died in 1973, was born on this day in 1936.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, Derek Boogaard, Justin Blackmon, Tyson Chandler