2012-13 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Heat

Talk about a major showdown! The Knicks have taken both meetings against the Miami Heat this season, winning both match-ups by over 20 points each. And yet the way that the media has been covering today’s game, you would think that those two games just don’t matter at all. Well, the best way for the Knicks to show the Heat that those games do matter is by winning today on national television.

The Heat enter today’s game with thirteen straight victories. I don’t know about you all, but that fact actually gives me a little irrational confidence for this game. After all, odds are they’re going to have to lose some time, right? So why not today? With the Indiana Pacers playing the Chicago Bulls later today, a win could see the Knicks return to sole possession of the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference (interestingly enough, currently the #6 seed is the Brooklyn Nets. Imagine a Knicks/Nets first round series? That’d be a blast, but I’d rather see the Knicks avoid it and play the Celtics instead).

The improved play recently of JR Smith has been a bit of a revelation, as the Knicks really seem to live and die by whether they get strong guard play. They did so early in the season and they haven’t had it very often since, but if JR Smith is good again, then the Knicks can beat any team in the league.

Okay, the Knicks have the big stage, let’s see them show everyone that they belong here.

Let’s go Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (Sunday, Mar 03 2013)

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Searching for a New Way to Measure Defensive Production (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 06:15:34 GMT)

    A research paper presented at the M.I.T. Sloan and Sports Analytics Conference showcases a method for assessing basket protection.

  • [New York Times] Lillard’s 24 Points Lead Blazers Past Timberwolves (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:52:40 GMT)

    Damian Lillard scored 24 points, J.J. Hickson added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-96 on Saturday night to earn only their second win in nearly a month.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Backcourt Paces Bucks Over Raptors in Overtime (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:28:23 GMT)

    Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday helped Philadelphia snap a seven-game losing streak with a win over Golden State.

  • [New York Times] Bucks Beat Raptors 122-114 in Overtime (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:07:56 GMT)

    Monta Ellis scored six of his 23 points in overtime and Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings added five apiece in the extra period to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 122-114 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Nowitzki’s Foe: The Recent Past (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 04:54:46 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki, who after knee surgery missed half of Dallas’s first 58 games, has been inconsistent, and the team has a losing record.

  • [New York Times] Bulls 96, Nets 85: Nets Fall to Bulls (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 04:34:55 GMT)

    The Nets, who may have been tired after their home loss to Dallas on Friday, grabbed an early 15-4 lead but fizzled out and lost, 96-85, at Chicago.

  • [New York Times] Noah, Boozer Lead Bulls Past Nets 96-85 (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 03:49:40 GMT)

    Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85 on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Knicks See Only Blue Sky, but They’re Looking Backward (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 03:01:39 GMT)

    As the Knicks prepare to face the Heat again, they’re relying on finding the form that led them to two early-season wins over Miami.

  • [New York Times] Turner, Holiday Lead 76ers Over Warriors (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 02:40:48 GMT)

    Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jrue Holiday scored 27, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: King James to Heat up Garden (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 07:33:27 GMT)

    Get to the Garden early Sunday. You never know. LeBron James just might put on another one of his mesmerizing pregame dunking shows that has all of the NBA buzzing.

  • [New York Daily News] James vs. James: Knicks’ White may guard LeBron (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 05:18:04 GMT)

    James White’s unfortunate sequence of events in the Slam Dunk Contest two weeks ago in Houston could easily become the second-most humbling moment of the season for the Knicks’ swing man.

  • [New York Daily News] KINGDOM COME: How Knicks match up with streaking Heat (Sun, 03 Mar 2013 04:50:15 GMT)

    Here is how the Eastern Conference-leading Heat and the Knicks, tied with Indiana for No. 2 in the conference, match up heading into Sunday’s game.

  • Knicks Morning News (Saturday, Mar 02 2013)

  • [New York Daily News] Not Kidd-ing around: Woodson demotes point guard to bench role (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 06:42:11 GMT)

    Jason Kidd’s days as a starter may be over. Mike Woodson removed the struggling veteran from the starting lineup prior to last night’s 96-88 victory over the Washington Wizards and made Kidd the back-up point guard, the role Kidd expected to play when he signed a three year contract last July.

  • [New York Daily News] With LeBron looming, Knicks struggle but still stop Wizards (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 02:53:39 GMT)

    On Friday, the opponent was the Washington Wizards, a losing team with a young roster and an erratic point guard and yet the Knicks still struggled to hold them off. With a new starting lineup, the Knicks overcame a four-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Wizards, 96-88.

  • [New York Times] Lawson’s Jumper Lifts Nuggets Over Thunder 105-103 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 07:42:12 GMT)

    Wilson Chandler tied his career high with 35 points and gladly watched Ty Lawson take the game-winning jumper.

  • [New York Times] Vasquez Leads Hornets Past Pistons 100-95 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 05:33:13 GMT)

    As Greivis Vasquez dribbled along the perimeter in the final half-minute of a one-point game, he could only hope to overcome the memories of anti-clutch moments that have plagued the young Hornets.

  • [New York Times] Kanter (23 Points, 22 Rebounds) Leads Jazz in Rout (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 05:18:13 GMT)

    Enes Kanter had career highs with 23 points and 22 rebounds in a rare start, helping the Utah Jazz beat the Charlotte Bobcats 98-68 on Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Heat Top Grizzlies for 13th Win in a Row (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 05:00:33 GMT)

    LeBron James endured his worst shooting night of the season, and still delivered the biggest basket of the game.

  • [New York Times] Suns Win 3rd Straight, Snap Hawks’ 4-Game Streak (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:54:09 GMT)

    Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-pointers, in five attempts, and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, helping the Suns win their third in a row with a 92-87 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Beat Kings but Lose Parker to Ankle Injury (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:42:35 GMT)

    DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight players in double figures, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat the Sacramento Kings 130-102 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Joe Johnson Back for Nets (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:38:39 GMT)

    Nets guard Joe Johnson returned to the lineup Friday against the Dallas Mavericks after a three-game absence due to a left heel injury.

  • [New York Times] Knicks 96, Wizards 88: Knicks Defeat Wizards With Help of Carmelo Anthony (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:35:37 GMT)

    To outlast the Wizards, the Knicks leaned on Carmelo Anthony for scoring and their defense to contain John Wall.

  • [New York Times] Magic Johnson Dangles $1 Million Carrot for LeBron Dunks (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:27:02 GMT)

    Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson will boost prizemoney for the NBA dunk contest from $100,000 to $1 million if LeBron James took part, the five-times NBA champion said on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks 98, Nets 90: Nets Fall Short Against the Mavericks (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:56:48 GMT)

    Deron Williams tried mightily against the team that courted him in the off-season, but the Nets had dug themselves into too deep a hole.

  • [New York Times] Pierce Scores 26, Celtics Beat Warriors 94-86 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:54:23 GMT)

    Paul Pierce had 26 points, Jeff Green scored 14 of his 18 in the second half and the Boston Celtics overcame foul trouble and some erratic free throw shooting in a 94-86 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Hold On to Beat Nets 98-90 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:51:32 GMT)

    Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks avoided another late collapse by holding off Brooklyn 98-90 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Essay: When College Basketball Fans Storm Court, Ritual Trumps Peril (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:26:44 GMT)

    Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was critical of the risk to his team after Virginia fans stormed the court on Thursday, but the phenomenon is on the rise.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Clobber Cavaliers 105-89 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:21:17 GMT)

    Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers ran away in the final period and beat the Cavaliers 105-89 on Friday night for their first win in Cleveland since 2002.

  • [New York Times] George Leads Pacers to 93-81 Win Over Raptors (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:00:44 GMT)

    Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 93-81 on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Rockets Rally in 4th to Outlast Magic, 118-110 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 03:00:36 GMT)

    James Harden scored 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as the Houston Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter for a 118-110 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

  • [New York Times] Anthony’s 30 Points Help Knicks Beat 96-88 (Sat, 02 Mar 2013 02:51:50 GMT)

    Even if the New York Knicks were looking ahead to their game against the Miami Heat, Carmelo Anthony made sure his team still picked up a victory over the Washington Wizards along the way.

  • 2013 Preview and Game Thread: Knicks @ Wizards

    ESPN TrueHoop blogger Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) of the excellent Wizards Blog TruthAboutit.net was kind enough to answer a few questions about the Wizards (18-38) as they take on the Knicks (34-20) for the third time this season.

    The Wizards have as many wins in the first 40 games of the season (9) as they do over the last 16.  Is this just about getting John Wall back?

    It’s definitely about John Wall, but to say that it’s ‘all’ about him would detract from the efforts of others. Wall has certainly helped the presence of Bradley Beal, but the rookie showed evidence of getting his NBA legs before Wall came back and continues to come into his own. Beal has recently shown the ability to carry the Wizards, especially with Wall struggling the past five or so games. Otherwise, interior defense and rebounding have really improved as Nene’s plantar fasciitis, which caused him to miss the first three weeks of the season, has continued to get better and his minutes have increased. (Of course, Nene is now dealing with a sore shoulder; he sat out of Wednesday’s game against Detroit.) The defensive front formed by Nene and Emeka Okafor is vastly different than having to pair Trevor Booker or Kevin Seraphin with Okafor.
     
    Washington clearly hangs its hat of the defensive end (Def Rtg 102.2 6th in NBA).  Why does this team struggle to score  (Off Rtg 98.5 30th)?
    Well, you have a point guard whose jumper still doesn’t get respect from NBA defenses. And it shouldn’t. Wall’s jumper this season ‘looks’ improved, but the fact is that he’s only shooting 0.8% better from midrange (33.3%) this season in comparison to last season. Otherwise, even as Beal comes along, the Wizards still lack enough bonafide scoring threats. And now, with Jordan Crawford in Boston, no one off the bench can create their own shot. The Wizards have found success running offense through Nene in the post, but as the season as progressed, you can tell that opposing defenses have adjusted their scouting reports, and the Wizards, not so much.
     
    Who has the advantage and where?

    The Knicks have the advantage from beyond the arc, but per a recent article that I wrote, the Wizards are one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooting teams since Wall’s return. Plus, there’s Carmelo — he would be an advantage. The Wizards, conversely, have an advantage in that they they do more sharing of the ball. If Washington can effectively defend Anthony (I’m sure they’ll run different looks at him all night), keep New York from getting second chance points, and run the Knick shooters off the 3-point line, we could have repeat of the 106-96 Wizards win in D.C. at the beginning of February.
     
    Prediction:
     
    I don’t feel great about John Wall getting out of his funk, so I’m calling a 111-106 New York win.
     
    I have to agree with Kyle. The Wizards are much better than they were in the first half of the season, but I just do not see them repeating the same three point dominance they displayed in the last meeting (11 of 20 from deep) with Webster going 5 of 9 and Ariza 5 of 7.   Having said that, it would be nice if the Knicks keep an eye on the corner threes.

    Knicks Morning News (Friday, Mar 01 2013)

  • [New York Times] Kobe Gets 33 in Lakers’ Latest Win Over Wolves (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:06:15 GMT)

    Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and Antawn Jamison added 17 in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 21st consecutive victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 116-94 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Sacramento Mayor Announces Bid to Keep Kings Basketball in Town: Media (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:27:07 GMT)

    The mayor of Sacramento said on Thursday evening that 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov would bid to buy the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to keep the basketball team from moving to Seattle, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro basketball: Chris Paul and Clippers Top Pacers (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:14:55 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 29 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers hold off Indiana’s late charge for a victory.

  • [New York Times] Noah’s Triple-Double Too Much for 76ers (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:09:56 GMT)

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau needed just three words to sum up Joakim Noah’s big night on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Nets’ Keith Bogans Works From a Corner Office (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 04:15:33 GMT)

    Keith Bogans’s transformation from a rim-running point guard to a reliable jump shooter off the Nets’ bench is another N.B.A. survivor story.

  • [New York Times] Clippers End Pacers Streak With 99-91 Win (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 03:01:02 GMT)

    Chris Paul scored 29 points, and Blake Griffin finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers hold off Indiana’s late charge for a 99-91 victory Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Heat Get Wrapped Up in the Harlem Shake (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:33:28 GMT)

    Add the Miami Heat to the “Harlem Shake” craze.

  • [New York Daily News] Raissman: On sizzling Curry, Frazier is hot stuff (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:23:45 GMT)

    Walt Frazier’s performance Wednesday on the MSG Network, when Stephen Curry turned the Garden into his personal target range, was one of his most memorable. It provided another reason as to why he needs to be taken seriously as a pure analyst, not a Gulag sideshow.

  • [New York Daily News] For Knicks, it’s time to beat the Wiz (Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:05:51 GMT)

    At least the Knicks don’t have to worry about Stephen Curry putting on a shooting clinic not for another 10 days. Now, their No. 1 problem is keeping up with John Wall.