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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Heat 102, Knicks 88

New York Knicks 88 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Miami Heat
Carmelo Anthony, SF 35 MIN | 7-20 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -15

Sometimes I wonder whether every time Melo climbs a ladder to replace a light bulb in his house, five guys just slap at his face and arms and knock the ladder out from under him and no one does anything about it. I’ve scarce seen another superstar get less respect down low than Anthony, who must’ve been outed as a subscriber to Amar’e Stoudemire’s How to Kill Pets Belonging to Referees and Have Them Find Out newsletter. Ol’ #7 looked noticeably more spry and aggressive, even if his shot was once again spotty. His late first half flurry kept us in the game, but the Heat’s interior D — to say nothing of the always handsome defensive presence of Shane Battier — kept Melo mostly at bay.

… So does anyone else think he should’ve thrown the Hero Mode switch sooner?

Amare Stoudemire, PF 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -14

Hey Amar’e, don’t worry about helping out on LeBron rolling off that pick for the lob. I’m sure Chandler’s got it.

Hey Amar’e, don’t worry about catching that pass. I’m sure Chandler’s got it.

Hey Amar’e, don’t worry about taking that 18-foot jumper. Just give the ball to Bosh. I’m sure Chandler will foul him.

Hey Amar’e, don’t worry about flushing that fast-break dunk. Just split your free throws instead. I’m sure Chandler will pay for dinner.

This all happened in the first six minutes, by the way. Yeah, that swat on Wade was incredible. And so was that blow-by on Bosh and subsequent two-handed rim-ravage a minute later. But that’s the thing with Amar’e: His brilliance has become something flashed in spurts. The rest of the time, he looks like a four-year-old who wandered away from his parents at the mall on Christmas Eve.

Tyson Chandler, C 36 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -21

Jesus, I thought I had anger issues. I didn’t watch a whole hell of a lot of Dallas last season, but I’m fairly certain Tyson didn’t hit the requisite suspension threshold for technical fouls. Did Amar’e pull him into some kind of elaborate bet, where each had to think of new, creative ways to get T’d up?

Amar’e: “When I get called for blocking, I’mma punch the floor!”

Chandler: “Oh yeah!? When I dunk the ball on someone’s head and don’t get continuation, I’mma repeatedly slap my own forearm!”

Amar’e: “When I get called for traveling, I’mma rub the ball on my junk and and hand it back to the ref nonchalantly!”

As it stands, TC is four away from a one-game suspension. Let’s hope he takes the All-Star weekend to chill, look at some art, and stay away from red meat.

Landry Fields, G 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

They don’t play no Heat at Stanford. Miami does a funny thing to Fields: A lot of the time, he looks completely intimidated and trouser-soiled; the other 25%, he’s decisive and confident, carving through the lane and keeping with his shot. Who knows whether D’Antoni playing J.R. Smith down the stretch was a move based on psychology or sheer instinct. But it certainly looked like a wise decision from where this reporter sat, namely on a couch with significant sweat stains.

Jeremy Lin, PG 34 MIN | 1-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -19

Yeesh…. Hey, next time Jeremy Lin wants to come to my joint, my friends and I are, like, totally not going to let him eat 10 Dorritos. To the Heat’s credit, they made scary good on their borderline-dickish promise to hold Lin below double digits in scoring. But make no mistake: Lin needed this game like a surgeon needs that one under-the-knife patient to not quite make it. Any paparazzi lucky enough to catch a window-washing scaffold up to whatever floor houses Lin’s plush new digs will likely be treated to hours upon hours of Lin — face two inches from the screen — watching this footage over and over and over again.

Baron Davis, PG 14 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +5

You know you’re having a bad night when your most memorable moment was lining up for a jump ball against Shane Battier – not exactly this generation’s David Thompson – and basically sitting down on the floor. That was priceless. His contested bombs from somewhere near the Georgia border? That most definitely has a price. Namely my patience.

Jared Jeffries, PF 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +5

Whenever human cloning becomes a thing, my first recommendation would be for the U.S. Army to print out a few billion Jared Jeffries. We would totally stave off any alien invasion with… great defensive rotations.

Steve Novak, SF 19 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +2

I’m writing in Steve Novak for every eligible office on the 2012 election ballot. Particularly Sheriff, which you can never have enough of in these lawless times. Having accounted for four of our seven three pointers, Novak almost single-handedly kept us in the game in the first half. And, let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like watching Mike Miller and Steve Novak chase each other around like a couple of Siamese cats.

J.R. Smith, SG 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | -7

There’s a reason D’Antoni rode Smith down the stretch: Nothing really phases the dude. His defense — while overaggressive at times — clearly bothered both LeBron and Wade on a handful of possessions.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Watching the Knicks try and navigate the terrifying forest of flailing limbs that is the Miami Heat defense was like watching a really violent Grimm fairy tale unfold on my television screen. Twelve of the Knicks’ 19 turnovers came off of steals — steals on the perimeter, steals on drives, steals in the paint, steals on offensive rebounds, steals on Jeremy Lin’s innocence. Come Playoff time, whoever has to face the Heat in the first round might as well book their summer vacation for the day after Game Four.
  2. MAAAAAAAARV! As always, it was great hearing the Knick legend belt out his timeless gravel, even if his sidekick is actively trying to channel his anti-Knick vitriol into some kind of patentable syrup. Presumably to drizzle on the bones of baby seals.
  3. Normally the standard-bearer of casual sideline demeanor, Mike D’Antoni went completely berserk on a few first half occasions, his hair a flailing piece of modern art suggesting he’d spent the previous 36 hours doing booger sugar face plants at Tony Montana’s.
  4. Remember when the points in the paint statistics were sponsored by Dutch Boy? Halcyon. Tonight, the Heat outscored the Knicks 48-32 in the Hubie area. Clearly Miami’s plan was to force the Knicks into late shot clock situations where they’d have to huck from distance. Strange, considering that’s largely how the Knicks managed to stay in the two’s previous meeting. I’ll just go ahead and chalk that up to the genius of Erik Spoelstra, he of the college football offensive philosophy which ABSOLUTELY WAS NOT INSPIRED BY THAT OTHER COACH STANDING NO MORE THAN 50 FEET AWAY FROM HIM.
  5. The Knick point guards were 1-18 from the floor tonight. Which, oddly enough, is exactly what I shot in my old man rec game. Here’s the thing though: I play in a league where half the dudes show up drunk, the floor is covered in a dust film of dead skin cells, and you have to pay $45 for every technical. Because, you know, it’s a family establishment. Hopefully our two-headed savior of a floor general learned something in this one, because as things stand, there’s a 50% chance we’ll be seeing this flailing limb forest in the first round of the Playoffs.

51 comments on “Heat 102, Knicks 88

  1. KnicksFanInVA

    Heat D is just ultra quick. Any team would have a hard time beating that. Our game plan has to be able to find something that works against those athletic freaks. I honestly think we need to slow the game down and not run as much. Cut down on number of possessions.

  2. nicos

    Hey Tyson, Bosh likes to go left so would you be a dear and overplay his right hand? Hey Tyson, Don’t bother trying to get out on his jumpers either, he never hits those wide open 16 footers. And Landry, can you turn down a half a dozen open jumpers, dribble into the lane and then kick it back out to Lin with the shot clock running down because that’s what seems to be working best. All kidding aside- Fields played pretty well on defense so I can’t kill him too much. Amar’e may have had his most active game on D- yes, he missed that early rotation but overall he played well enough that D’A should have at least tried him on Bosh as Chandler really struggled with him tonight.

  3. Z-man

    My take from this game: I would be shocked if it isn’t a Heat-Thunder finals. They are so clearly superior to any other teams in the league.

    How many second chance points and 24-sec buzzer beaters did the Heat get? That was the most frustrating part of this game. If nothing else, tha Knicks found out that the amount of energy necessary to compete with the Mavs and Lakers is not sufficient to deal with the Heat, who compete for every second of every posession. Joel Anthony was especially impressive in this regard.

  4. bobneptune

    i posted this at the end of the previous thread. comments?

    a couple of things about the game:

    they were beaten by a better team that was waiting for them , so no disgrace in that.

    the heat beat them to every loose ball tonight.

    there is a structural flaw in the offense they were running tonight that even a moron like reggie miller correctly commented on.

    against a team as athletic as the heat where lin could neither turn the corner or split the trap on the pnr, he was screwed when he backed the double team out because he can’t throw the ball to the screener (chandler) who is wide open 15 feet from the basket because he is so incompetent offensively outside of 3 feet from the basket. he can/won’t shoot from there, can’t put the ball on the floor and isn’t exactly oscar robertson passing. that’s the quandary lin was in all night.

    they should have used amar’e or melo as the screener more often against a team as athletic and motivated as miami was tonight.

  5. ruruland

    bobneptune:
    i posted this at the end of the previous thread. comments?

    a couple of things about the game:

    they were beaten by a better team that was waiting for them , so no disgrace in that.

    the heat beat them to every loose ball tonight.

    there is a structural flaw in the offense they were running tonight that even a moron like reggie miller correctly commented on.

    against a team as athletic as the heat where lin could neither turn the corner or split the trap on the pnr, he was screwed when he backed the double team out because he can’t throw the ball to the screener (chandler) who is wide open 15 feet from the basket because he is so incompetent offensively outside of 3 feet from the basket. he can/won’t shoot from there, can’t put the ball on the floor and isn’t exactly oscar robertson passing. that’s the quandary lin was in all night.

    they should have used amar’e or melo as the screener more often against a team as athletic and motivated as miami was tonight.

    yeah but he has 140 offensive rating!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jim Cavan Post author

    bobneptune:
    i posted this at the end of the previous thread. comments?

    a couple of things about the game:

    they were beaten by a better team that was waiting for them , so no disgrace in that.

    the heat beat them to every loose ball tonight.

    there is a structural flaw in the offense they were running tonight that even a moron like reggie miller correctly commented on.

    against a team as athletic as the heat where lin could neither turn the corner or split the trap on the pnr, he was screwed when he backed the double team out because he can’t throw the ball to the screener (chandler) who is wide open 15 feet from the basket because he is so incompetent offensively outside of 3 feet from the basket. he can/won’t shoot from there, can’t put the ball on the floor and isn’t exactly oscar robertson passing. that’s the quandary lin was in all night.

    they should have used amar’e or melo as the screener more often against a team as athletic and motivated as miami was tonight.

    Yes on pretty much every point. Say what you will about Spoelstra, he’s no dummy.

  7. Tony Pena

    Siamese cats thing is pretty funny.

    Yeah a B for Chandler is very generous, he probably played his worst game as a knick. Bosh just hosed him, even if a lot of times it was while TC was trying to double on somebody else- he should’ve learned by the 10th time. And its like they were all momentum killers.

    Lin and BDiddy’s grades should be the same or Baron’s should be better, at least we had a lead when he first took over.

    Matter of fact, only JJ, JR and Novacaine played decent games.

  8. er

    I think Lin was done in the fourth…he didn’t no that it was humanly possible to play perimeter d so well and he looked like he wanted to cry

  9. EB

    er:
    I think Lin was done in the fourth…he didn’t no that it was humanly possible to play perimeter d so well and he looked like he wanted to cry

    I think he looks that way after every back to back.

  10. Dance like Oak

    Lin was totally psyched out, started playing passive and hoping Melo would take over. I don’t blame the guy, he’s got to be tired and the Heat were harsh. I’m looking forward to seeing how Lin reacts, I expect better from him next time.

  11. jon abbey

    EB:
    Also, next we can we please destroy the Cavs for once

    Varejao is out, so it should be decidedly easier at least.

  12. Juany8

    Honestly I’m not that disappointed with this game, we played excellent defense most of the game, even on a lot of their makes, and we managed to stay close most of the game. Lin and Davis should be better (understatement but…) and if we get a few more loose ball/few more foul calls we definitely have a chance to beat this team. Especially once we get some practices, and aren’t playing in Miami on the 4th game in 5 nights.

  13. nicos

    While I’m loving Novak’s shooting, in two of the last three games (both losses) he’s registered 0 boards, 0 assists, 0 steals, and 0 blocks. Maybe he should save the discount doublecheck for when he grabs a rebound. I also think the second unit has started looking for him a little too much early in the clock in the half court. Two or three passes around the perimeter aren’t going to get him quality looks- his best looks are going to come off of penetration.

  14. bobneptune

    EB: I feel like that was true all last year and it never helped us

    i can only pray the msg feed is available on the ‘net so we don’t have to listen to austin carr screaming “from deeeeeep at the Q!” and “get that weak stuff outta here!” all bleepin night

  15. jon abbey

    EB: I feel like that was true all last year and it never helped us

    that’s a good point, Varejao missed two of the three meetings and Cleveland won all three.

    of course, in the last meeting last season, NY played a nine man rotation of Amare/Melo/Fields/Douglas/Jeffries/Shawne Williams/Anthony Carter/Shelden Williams/Bill Walker, so safe to say the current team is a bit more talented.

  16. hoolahoop

    Well, we learned something, just in case our giddy optimism skewed our senses. The Heat are a better team than the knicks.

    Lin-somnia is the word that comes to mind. Lin played awful . . . and I’m being generous. All he could basically do was get the ball past half court (sometimes) and give it to someone else to take over. He missed a wide open Amare and TC several times. We knew he was going to come down to earth, but this was a crash landing.

    Okay, now, Lin defenders. Pile on.

    Maybe it’s because I like Amare, but D- seems very unfair.

  17. hoolahoop

    I was just starting to warm up to new look Baron Davis. Based on the shots he took all I can say he say is he’s got some set of balls. And I don’t mean that in a good way. WTF?

  18. d-mar

    Jim, I think your grades are usually pretty fair, but a D+ for Amare is way too harsh, and a B- for Chandler is way too generous.

  19. tenebrous

    Not having watched the game but seeing the score alone. The Knicks don’t deserve to have any fans. Reading the nba.com recap. And this websites recap. I’ll reiterate. The Knicks don’t deserve to have any fans.

  20. tenebrous

    If I’ll watch another game. It’s because of addiction and not because it’s fun. News alert. It’s not.

  21. Jim Cavan Post author

    d-mar:
    Jim, I think your grades are usually pretty fair, but a D+ for Amare is way too harsh, and a B- for Chandler is way too generous.

    Yeah, you have a point. It’s tough because you’re so quick to pull the grade trigger based on instinct, but sometimes your opinions are formed by past performance. Both of them basically played like crap tonight. It’s just that Amar’es blunders are so much more apparent and obvious. Which maybe isn’t fair.

  22. Jim Cavan Post author

    tenebrous: Not having watched the game but seeing the score alone. The Knicks don’t deserve to have any fans. Reading the nba.com recap. And this websites recap. I’ll reiterate. The Knicks don’t deserve to have any fans.

    Right.

  23. d-mar

    Jim Cavan: Yeah, you have a point. It’s tough because you’re so quick to pull the grade trigger based on instinct, but sometimes your opinions are formed by past performance. Both of them basically played like crap tonight. It’s just that Amar’es blunders are so much more apparent and obvious. Which maybe isn’t fair.

    I hear you. Amare has been so off this season, that I’m just happy to see him do a few positive things. That dunk along the baseline was vintage 2010-2011.

  24. Jim Cavan Post author

    d-mar: That dunk along the baseline was vintage 2010-2011.

    Which is why it’s hard for me to believe his “skillz” are completely shot. Right now I’m just reluctantly chalking it up to a Dirk / Pierce-like slow start.

  25. Brian Cronin

    Yeah, I thought STAT looked good on offense. He got into great scoring position a number of times, he just wasn’t given the ball. Sort of like Chandler pre-Lin.

  26. Nick C.

    I should get an A+ for not busting my ass reading this while walking on on the wet dark sidewalks out there. Thanks for the memorialiazation of Amare and Barons games. Post game comments had a lot of “Amare had only 7 shots”, some of that may have been on him. Like someone said T-1000 and Landry were not quite up to the grades. At least Tyson didn’t get the A- someone predicted. In retrospect the Boston game when Lin had a hard time with pressure and Melo finally had to bring the ball up came to mind. I hope this is correctible on his part. If everyone could get a handle to deal with pressure they probably would. In Lin’s defense the missed open guys that people talked about came against heavy pressure from probably the best defense in the league. Pre-Lin the myopia came every time down the court against random unexceptional man defense.

  27. ephus

    d-mar:
    Jim, I think your grades are usually pretty fair, but a D+ for Amare is way too harsh, and a B- for Chandler is way too generous.

    +1

  28. bob cook

    To all you guys who are burying us after losing to the Heat, in their house, on the second of a back to back, when everyone was missing shots, why, when we lost to the Hornets and Nets did you wave that off as “one of those games” not indicative of our status. We’ll be fine. This was one of those games.

  29. Frank O.

    I think this game will test Lin’s confidence.
    A lesser person’s progeny two generations hence might have been affected by the kind of physical, psychological beat down administer by the Heat.
    As the game went on the intimidation became evident with every increasingly higher arching shot. At one point, lin was two feet from the basket but lofted the ball 15 feet into the air. It was like he was launching mortar rounds at the rim. I felt bad for him.
    I suspect he’s never seen on one team the kind of raw athleticism and malice the Heat showed the Knicks.
    But here’s the thing: the Knicks went athlete for athlete with the Heat in the first half with a pick up team and were only down by four, and their point guard was virtually taken from the game. You can look to Novak’s shooting, but really, Amare was pretty damn effective in this game offensively and somehow the Knicks decided the ball needed to be in Melo’s hands.
    It was a mistake to run the high pick and roll with Chandler against this crew. Chandler sets better, more complete picks; but Amare still is a force moving toward the hoop. Lin needs to stop waving Amare off on picks. Chandler’s seven-coor frame is like comfort food, but a very athletic team will make it hard for chandler to score when he needs to take two steps to get to the glass. Amare gets there faster and more ferociously. If he doesn’t’t make it, he does get fouled. Where Melo gets no respect from the refs, Amare does.
    A lot of good will come from this game. A pick up team went toe to toe with the toast of the league for a half….think about that.

  30. Mulligan

    This is sort of what happened last season. For the first two games, we hung with them for 2 quarters and the they slowly wore us down. The second 2 games we figured them out. Hopefully the rest and extra practices coming up will make the difference going forward. Lin’s a crafty point guard and he’s adjusted quickly. When JR and Baron come around, we’re gonna be tough.

  31. PC

    Two things:

    (1) The Heat are especially good on defense because they (a) rotate better than any other team; and (b) Joel Anthony’s unrelenting quest to block every shot. The Heat are so stacked and Anthony is so not needed on the floor, that the coaching staff allows Anthony to go block EVERY single shot. What an amazing gift for a head coach. Joel Anthony can get in foul trouble – who cares? The Knicks don’t have that. Chandler and Amare cannot go attack every single person in the paint – if they did, they would be on the bench and without Chandler, we would have no defensive presence, no offensive efficiency, and no leader. We would be ruined. But, Anthony, on the other hand, just goes after everyone (fouling them most of the time) without any concern. Its amazing and a testament to how stacked they are.

    Second, on the second of a back to back, with PG’s going 1-17 and Lin having the worst game he will ever have in his career, we lost to the best team on planet earth by about 10. It’s not a moral victory by any stretch, but it didn’t keep me up last night wondering about this team. They’ll be fine. Keep chasing the Sixers, it will be fine. I think we’ll catch them.

  32. Bruno Almeida

    Jim Cavan: Which is why it’s hard for me to believe his “skillz” are completely shot. Right now I’m just reluctantly chalking it up to a Dirk / Pierce-like slow start.

    the problem is that both Dirk and Pierce have already won titles and have shown that they can be the 1st guy on a title winning team… something Amare hasn’t done yet.

    well, this game was just a case of a better team, with an ungodly defense playing 100% motivated at home against a team that was very hyped.

    we’ll get better, but D’Antoni needs to find a way to play Novak more on those games, even if it means taking Chandler out for a while (his defense wasn’t even that great in this game anyway).

    a lineup of Lin / Smith / Carmelo / Novak / Amare can play offense against anyone.

  33. thenamestsam

    A few thoughts:

    1) I know it’s harsh to criticize a guy who hasn’t played a game in almost a year, but Baron was horrid last night, and his problems had a lot more to do with decision making than anything else – the part of your game which is least affected by rust. With the teams newfound depth we really don’t need our backup point to be a hero, just to keep running the offense, and Baron failed pretty dramatically in the respect. I’m very, very thankful that we don’t need to rely on him to be a savior, just to be a moderately competent backup guard. Thank god again for Jeremy.

    2) Speaking of which, last night was the first time I’ve even entertained the thought that Lin might be a fluke, because he just looked so out of his depth. I’m confident that it was just a one time thing though. Plenty of great PGs struggle against that defense, and seeing it for the first time is definitely a wake-up call. He needs to watch that tape until his eyes bleed.

    3) A couple positive signs on Stat as others have noted, but overall he continues to be the biggest area of concern. Those flashes make me believe it’s still in there, but the lack of assertion by him is puzzling. Even when Dirk/Pierce were struggling they were still playing their games for the most part, and just missing their shots. Stat isn’t attacking the rim more than once or twice a game at this point. He’s just playing a different game.

    4) Overall, you can’t get too low after that game. They’re the best team in the league, they were clearly pumped for last night’s game, we didn’t play especially well (in fairness, neither did they), and we mostly hung with them. They’re (obvious statement alert!) going to be a very tough out in the playoffs but we’ll cross that bridge when and if we come to it. That seeming like a realistic possibility is something to be thankful for.

  34. sisterray

    The Heat are a scary-good team. The fact that they look finals-ready now, and we’re only at the halfway mark, makes my head explode. The Knicks, who have played, what?, 2 games together with the current lineup, didn’t have a real chance to win. But they did have a chance to test what they’re capable of and what they need to be capable of if they’re going to contend.

    I think the biggest takeaway from the night for me was that Lin is human and he can be overcome by humans. Even though there aren’t many teams that can play D like the Heat, there are a lot of teams that are going to copy their strategy against Lin: hard traps and quick rotations. We now know that if a team wants to take Lin out of a game, they can. The task going forward is getting the rest of the team set to pick up the slack when Lin is under attack. If an opposing team wants to double Lin, then Melo and Stoudemire have to be capable of leading a 4-on-3 offense. Melo’s 7-20 shooting nights and Stoudemire’s matador defense have to come to an end.

  35. jon abbey

    sisterray:
    We now know that if a team wants to take Lin out of a game, they can.

    no, Dallas has one of the better Ds in the league, tried the same thing, and Lin ate them alive. we know that Miami at their best can, and even that may not be true all season as NY gels and adjusts. that’s a big difference.

  36. johnno

    Here’s my glass half full take — the Heat targeted this game for a week and played this game with playoff intensity that, for the most part, the Knicks matched. The Heat are the best, most athletic and hottest team in the league right now. The Heat played well both offensively and defensively. The Heat were fresh and at home. The Knicks played the night before and arrived in Miami at 4 a.m. The Knicks missed a lot of shots that they usually hit. No one on the Knicks played particularly well, their point guards were turnover machines and shot a combined John Starks Game 7 and they certainly didn’t get any calls from the refs (I have never seen a guy get clobbered on as many no-calls as Melo in my life). Yet, with 7 minutes to go, the Knicks were down 8 and a lucky bounce or two away from being down 4. While I was disappointed in the outcome, I think that the Knicks and Lin will grow and learn from this. By the way, I hate the Heat and I am very reluctant to say this but, damn they are good. My worst fears about them are being realized.

  37. newlaw_1914

    Lin is not a bad player, lets just clear that up. The Heat made Rondo turn the ball over 7 times, they made D. Williams have a Very Very Bad game, and they Shut down Rose… So for people to say and point the finger at Lin say “Hey we told you he was trash” The Heat by FAR are the best team in the NBA hands down. People wait till the Knicks play THE BEST TEAM in the NBA untill they say “They not good”… The Heat have been together for a year now and the Knicks what ( starting line up) 1 week? My hat’s off to the Heat for doing what they were built to do.

  38. limpidgimp

    johnno:
    Here’s my glass half full take — the Heat targeted this game for a week and played this game with playoff intensity that, for the most part, the Knicks matched.The Heat are the best, most athletic and hottest team in the league right now.The Heat played well both offensively and defensively.The Heat were fresh and at home.The Knicks played the night before and arrived in Miami at 4 a.m.The Knicks missed a lot of shots that they usually hit.No one on the Knicks played particularly well, their point guards were turnover machines and shot a combined John Starks Game 7 and they certainly didn’t get any calls from the refs (I have never seen a guy get clobbered on as many no-calls as Melo in my life). Yet, with 7 minutes to go, the Knicks were down 8 and a lucky bounce or two away from being down 4.While I was disappointed in the outcome, I think that the Knicks and Lin will grow and learn from this.By the way, I hate the Heat and I am very reluctant to say this but, damn they are good.My worst fears about them are being realized.

    +1.

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