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Wednesday / November 30.
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    BOSTONCarmelo Anthony and his teammates wanted to sweep the Celtics on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden, but instead they will head home with a split of the two games here.

    All things considered, the Knicks can’t be too unhappy about leaving Beantown with a 3-1 series lead.

    After all, they can now win their first playoff series in 13 years on the Madison Square Garden floor Wednesday night in Game 5.

    “We look forward to bringing this game back home to the Garden on Wednesday and the Garden will be rocking Wednesday,” Anthony said after going for 36 points on 10-for-35 shooting in the 97-90 OT loss. “We’ll be prepared for that.”

    Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2014, says there are several schools he wants to visit.

    Playing at the Boo Williams EYBL stop in Hampton, Va., the 6-foot-4 point guard from Dallas Prime Prep told reporters he wants to visit Arizona, Baylor, Kentucky, N.C. State and SMU, according to Corey Albertson of Rivals.

    Mudiay’s brother, Stephane Mudiay, added during a phone interview with SNY.tv that Louisville, Oklahoma State and St. John’s were also in the mix.

    BOSTON — The Knicks will have to go for the sweep of the Celtics without J.R. Smith.

    The NBA suspended Smith, the newly-minted Sixth Man of the Year, for Sunday’s Game 4 for his Flagrant Foul 2 on Jason Terry with 7:06 remaining in the Knicks’ 90-76 victory in Game 3.

    “Don’t think there should be any suspension,” Knicks center Tyson Chandler said before the suspension was announced. “I think it was kind of a heat of the moment thing and he was trying to create space.”

    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG 

    Perry Dozier Jr. has set the standard extremely high for point guards in the class of 2015.

    The sharpshooter out of Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley has received praise from not only scouts around the country, but also his father, and coach, Perry Dozier Sr.

    “Perry has a very high IQ on the court.” Dozier Sr. said. “He’s able to control the game in an up-tempo game setting as well as slowing it down and playing the half-court.”

    BOSTON — The Knicks may soon face another Amar’e dilemma.

    With New York on the brink of a sweep of the Boston Celtics in their first-round playoff series, Stoudemire is expected to return from knee surgery for a second time this season — this time for a potential second-round date with Indiana or Atlanta.

    “‘He’s gonna play, absolutely, yes…He’s a big piece to our puzzle,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said here Saturday, one day before the Knicks look to sweep the Celtics in Game 4 at TD Garden.

    Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan needs to fill up his roster — and fast.

    The Scarlet Knights need several players to replace those who are transferring, and so Jordan reached out unsuccessfully to Jon Severe, who chose Fordham on Wednesday, and has also connected with 6-foot-1 point guard Trey Dickerson.

    Dickerson is a Queens native now playing at God’s Academy (TX).

    “I like Rutgers a lot,” he told SNY.tv. “It’s close to home. They are going Big 10 and I can play in front of my family.”

    Dickerson said Jordan had yet to officially offer a scholarship and was trying to touch base with Dickerson’s mother and coach.