Balanced attack sends Nets to first win without Jeremy Lin

The Nets already lost Jeremy Lin. They made sure they didn’t lose their home opener.Hours after their floor leader had season-ending knee surgery, the Nets held off the Magic 126-121 at Barclays Center before a crowd of 16,144 — including owner Mikhail Prokhorov.After The Post had reported Prokhorov is close

Stephen Curry ejected after mouthpiece toss in Warriors’ loss

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Marc Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Grizzlies built a 19-point third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on to beat the defending champion Warriors 111-101 on Saturday night.James Ennis III added 13 points, and Tyreke Evans scored 12 as Memphis shot 47 percent

Nets guard has “earned’ chance to fill Jeremy Lin void

When the Nets found Spencer Dinwiddie last December, he was toiling in the developmental league, his confidence bruised and his psyche battered.Ten months later, he’s grown into a self-assured leader. One who’ll have to step up with the loss of point guard Jeremy Lin, and help D’Angelo Russell shoulder the

Knicks’ rebuild already stalling as benched building block stews

Throughout the summer, the Knicks spoke of their impending rebuilding around a core of young players — draft-pick point guard Frank Ntilikina, athletic free agent Tim Hardaway Jr., All-Rookie Team center Willy Hernangomez and New York’s favorite unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis.Finally, the rebuilt squad was ready for its home unveiling Saturday

Why the Knicks remain excited about Frank Ntilikina’s progress

While Knicks fans are frustrated with rookie Frank Ntilikina’s fragility, Jeff Hornacek continues to see good signs well beyond the spate of injuries.After a rough, scoreless, seven-minute NBA debut Thursday in Oklahoma City, Ntilikina’s status for the home opener Saturday vs. Detroit was in doubt because of a sprained ankle

Porzingis’ biggest fear before his headlining Broadway debut

The face of the Knicks is ready.Ready to take the big stage under the bright lights at Madison Square Garden. Ready to meet his exuberant fan base for the first time this season. Ready to keep shouldering the load.“I’m excited,” 22-year-old Kristaps Porizingis said of the home opener Saturday against

Knicks’ logjam at center is already a subplot to watch

After Willy Hernangomez made the All-Rookie first team last year, there were high expectations for the Knicks big man entering this season.But in a crowded frontcourt, the 23-year-old still is competing to see the floor at all.During the season-opening loss Thursday at Oklahoma City, Hernangomez checked in during garbage time,

Why Jeremy Lin’s injury leaves Nets with a financial headache

Even as coach Kenny Atkinson tried to console Jeremy Lin — who had season-ending knee surgery Friday — it was the injured point guard that consoled his coach, pointing out that this season’s retooled Nets are far better equipped for life without Lin than last year’s shorthanded bunch.Now they’ll get

Has lifetime Knicks fan Rapaport switched over to the dark side?

Apparently the mess in the Garden really was too much for actor/comedian Michael Rapaport. The longtime Knicks superfan and Manhattan native looks like he’s really crossed over, sitting courtside Friday night for the Nets’ 126-121 home opening win over Orlando at Barclays Center.“I’m glad to see Brooklyn doing good,” Rapaport

“No more Knicks talk’: Carmelo gets closure with emphatic “W’

OKLAHOMA CITY — Less than one game-time minute had passed and Carmelo Anthony accepted a Russell Westbrook pass on the right side and launched an open 3-pointer. The Thunder were up on the Knicks, 3-0.“It felt good,” Anthony said. “I was actually surprised the first shot was that wide open.

Frank Ntilikina is Knicks’ only hope at point guard

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Knicks point-guard dilemma looked as bad as advertised in the season opener, a 105-84 loss to the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony.Neither Ramon Sessions, Ron Baker nor French rookie Frank Ntilikina could do a thing.In Ntilikina’s case, it was understandable. After missing summer league, Ntilikina missed the final

Carmelo: No reason for Knicks fans to boo me at MSG

OKLAHOMA CITY – Carmelo Anthony said the “chapter is closed’’ on his Knicks’ stint with Thursday’s 105-84 victory. However, there may be one more page – Dec. 16 when Anthony and the Thunder visit the Garden for the first time since the trade.Always a lightning rod, the Garden reaction to

“Weak motherf—–r’: This is the target Lonzo Ball faces all season

Patrick Beverley epitomizes Lonzo Ball’s NBA challenge.The Clippers point guard had been tweeting about shutting down the No. 2 pick over a month ago. He was outside the Lakers locker room screaming curses at the rookie.“Weak ass motherf—–r. Bring his ass out on the court with me and I will

One of Porzingis’ personal goals is particularly audacious

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kristaps Porzingis has lofty individual goals that go beyond making his first All-Star Game, which he made known over the summer.In an interview with the Players Tribune, Porzingis listed two other honors in his sights — one likely unreachable considering his defensive rebounding numbers.“As far as individual

No guarantee Jeremy Lin will fully recover: doctor

In the wake of Jeremy Lin rupturing his right patellar tendon during Wednesday’s season opener, a specialist told The Post it’s reasonable to think the Nets point guard could be back on the court next season, but there’s no guarantee the 29-year-old will ever regain his full form.“A number of

A glimpse at what the Porzingis era will look like for Knicks

OKLAHOMA CITY — At the ripe old grizzled age of 22, Kristaps Porzingis already has played — endured? — two Knicks seasons in New York.He became many things to Knicks fans because of his 7-foot-3 length, perimeter shooting skills and explosiveness at the rim. The Future. The Hope. The Cornerstone.But

Nike “investigating’ why its NBA jerseys keep ripping

Nike’s jerseys are hanging by a thread to start the NBA season.The apparel and shoe giants have opened an investigation into why its jerseys have ripped after the one belonging to their poster child, LeBron James, ripped right down his back during the Cavaliers’ opener against the Celtics on Tuesday

Jeremy Lin exits with knee injury as Nets drop opener

INDIANAPOLIS — Jeremy Lin is injured.Again.The only questions now are: How badly? And will it scuttle a second straight Nets season?Lin suffered a right-knee injury late in Wednesday’s 140-131 season-opening loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Despite the defeat, the only image anybody will remember is the sight

Gordon Hayward still gets his emotional Boston welcome

Gordon Hayward made his anticipated Celtics home debut Wednesday night — virtually.One of Boston’s heralded offseason additions appeared on the video screen at TD Garden to deliver his teammates and the fans a message from his hospital bed, less than 24 hours after he collapsed to the floor with a cringeworthy

Nets “completely broke down defensively’

INDIANAPOLIS — The Nets may have lost their point guard Wednesday night, but they clearly gave away their season opener.The Nets, in losing 140-131 to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, put up about as much defensive resistance as wet tissue paper against a hurricane — which is how coach

What to expect from Frank Ntilikina in his NBA debut

Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina said he’s “100 percent” to go for his NBA debut but Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek cautioned about the rookie’s playing time in the season opener Thursday in Oklahoma City.“We have some guys at the point guard spot so hopefully we can get him in there

Carmelo Anthony: I was “stabbed in the back’ by Knicks

OKLAHOMA CITY — All summer, Carmelo Anthony asked himself how it got so bad — so thoroughly bad — with the Knicks. He arrived amid fanfare and monster expectations at the 2011 trade deadline.Anthony left just before the start of training camp last month, landing with the Thunder after a

Ex-NBA player indicted on weapons charges

Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair has been indicted on various weapons possession charges.The 32-year-old was picked up earlier this summer after cops found loaded guns, a bulletproof vest, a semi-automatic rifle, and marijuana in his pick-up truck.The Brooklyn native, who played with the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder before

Lonzo Ball’s attitude is shocking a Lakers teammate

Lonzo Ball is nothing like his dad.Despite his me-first, trash-talking father, LaVar, who branded the Lakers rookie as a Big Baller and as the second coming of Christ, the No. 2-overall pick has shocked one of his teammates in Los Angeles with his surprising attitude that doesn’t mirror anything close

Joel Embiid explodes at his “f–king bulls–t’ minute restriction

Bust the Process.Joel Embiid, the face of the tantalizing and frustrating potential of the 76ers’ tanking experiment, wants to be unwrapped all ready.But on the eve of Philadelphia’s season opener in Washington, it’s become clear that the fragile 7-footer is still encased in bubble wrap. And he’s sick of it.“F–king

Cavaliers mysteriously trashed Kyrie Irving’s tribute video

The Cavaliers had planned on showing a Kyrie Irving tribute video in his first game back at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Tuesday, until they didn’t.Irving forced his way out of Cleveland in the offseason after starring on the team for six seasons — first as the star