The Knicks host the Miami Heat with a week to go before the Trade Deadline.
They really need to pull this one out, and honestly, I think they’ll come out fighting a lot more than their awful start in Los Angeles. The Heat are a tough team, but I think that the Knicks lately, and Thibs in particular, always seem to pull out games when they really need to win them (in the regular season, that is). So just when things are looking bad, that’s when they’ll go on a winning streak, and tonight is the perfect time for that, so I’m figuring that the Knicks get over the top tonight.
EDITED TO ADD: Whoops, missed Brunson being a late scratch. Well, that’s not good. But the Knicks tend to surprise you when you think they’re definitely going to lose, so maybe Quickley will have a monster game!
Let’s go, Knicks!
173 replies on “2022-23 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Heat”
Congrats to Randle! That’s a cool million dollar bonus if I’m not mistaken.
Now Jimmy Butler is going to be pissed and take it out on Grimes and RJ.
Congrats to Randle, but wow, the Eastern Conference reserves are pretty much ass this year. That is an ugly bench past Embiid and Brown. Hali has been out for weeks and still made it?!
Jaren Jackson Jr. making the Western bench, though, is high-larious.
No Brunson means i’m not as confident as i was before, but maybe RJ has been reading KB and is going to have a monster game! Gooooo Knicks!
Quick starting. My confidence is getting back, i believe in Quick.
Grimes is on Butler, not RJ. RJ is on Herro.
Nice start 🙂
KB attendance until now: 1 (cyber). 😀
Nice assist from Randle to Grimes
Stupid pass from Hart
Maybe last night they checked NY nightlife 😉
Grimes’ 3P is baaack
Edit: Or maybe i spoke a little too soon 😛
So far I approve
The lights have come back on to Fournier Island…
Heat broadcast just showed Allan Houston and Spree in the stands, the Knicks could sure use both of them right now.
E, how’s the crowd? Being from the 90s, i can’t stand the Heat. I hope there’s people like me there. 😉
Fournier in for Brunson. No sign of Deuce.
Hart has a shooting problem, no? He misses a lot of bunnies.
If he wants to be back in the rotation, he has to make it count. Or else it’ll be only a one-day voucher.
Deuce and Obi should have a 3 point shooting contest, first one to 21 points wins.
Might go into the wee hours….
This is a terrible lineup.
RJ loves to be blocked at the rim, right?
Wound up not going ….
The RJ redemption game not going as planned
Our bench…not good
bam still has no idea fournier tried to block that
Can we replace Fournier, with I don’t know, a fluffy toy sheep?
Fournier is unplayable lol
Kudos for Fournier for trying to block Bam. Didn’t work, but i like the spirit.
this game needs some benny hill music
Fournier est mort
Fucking Hart…he has to have the weakest hands in the NBA…
Probably need to play the starters 40+ mpg until Mitch is back or a trade is made
Maybe put Randle back in, no?
Some weak-ass Knicks play these last five minutes…
Again…knick city dancers bring their A game…the ball club…not so much…
Someone put Fournier out of his misery…jeez
Ok, i had enough of Fournier for today.
Rj “never met a shot I didn’t like” barrett
rj running the fullback dive
Let’s trade RJ for Austin rivers
Austin’s team will say no. 😀
Can someone unwind the mummy that is Derrick Rose?
Stupid foul by Randle
Randle taketh, Randle giveth
No Fournier. No Rose. No Cam.
We want Svi!!! We want Svi!!!
Our bench chipped in with a grand total of 7 points that half
I have a feeling Jimmy Butler is going to be a little more aggressive in the second half.
RJ redemption game back in play!
RJ dominating in the paint…
I’m SO going to regret saying this, but after enjoying the shitting on RJ for the last few days/weeks, and admitting I’ve missed part of this game, the parts I’ve seen RJ has been playing decently.
Hmm… I still have time to edit or delete this…
Well he should have gotten over that screen…
Knicks bench is a problem that needs to be solved.
RJ is so inconsistent, not just game to game but play to play. Has an amazing stretch, then just totally dies on an easy screen, boom, Herro 3.
RJ monster game was asking too much, so maybe RJ monster half? 😀
Heat is playing Herro ball 😀
We have no ability to press on the gas when we get a lead…
The Knicks don’t just give up big leads, they do it in a ridiculously short amount of time
Question: what has more mobility…a traffic cone or hartenshtein?
Clyde jinxed us “Lowry is yet to score” 😛
After that fast start, Randle has made last-year-Randle after last-year-Randle plays. Throwing it away, dribbling into the triple team, just bone-headed.
Haslem?….he’s still in the league?
Almost, almost, almost a great run to end the quarter so naturally we had to go all Knicks in the last 30 seconds
Yeah, 3 have that exact reaction everytime I see his name on the depth chart.
Here Miami, have 3 points. Unreal
One more three from Deuce and d-mar has to send a pig into orbit…
Haha Raven we have liftoff
Pigs are flying!!!
Bunch of scrappy dudes out there…
Obi and the Deuces with a great sequence!
Fournier’s passing making up for the weak sauce in the first half. That dump into Toppin in the paint was nice, and that bomb to Obi was even better.
RJ must read this blog for motivation haha, 10-14 inside the arc is borderline dominant, especially against a stout defense like Miami’s.
Nice sequence by Hart
Genuinely nice to see some signs of life on offense from Deuce, it’d be really cool if he could grow into a bigger role on offense
RJ just torched you, Jimmy.
Bam is a monster…
So we have to deal with another gut wrencher at MSG?
Get Houston and Spree out of the stands and put them in the game to close this out.
Hart has difficulty with bunnies
“Don’t play defense with your face.”
I love Clyde…
Hartenstein getting killed out there
Pulling this game out minus Mitch and Brunson might take a minor miracle.
rj has beaten like six different guys tonight
RJ’s dominance in the paint has been a complete game changer in the second half. Having said that I dunno about this goal tend.
Maybe Thibs needs to bench RJ more
RJ’s been playing point and initiating in money time.
Why do we always go to the stagnant offense in the last minute??? It’s infuriating
Herro is cold-blooded…
Oh good…thibs can draw up one of his out of the timeout special plays…
Goal tend made sense to me as Breen explained it, Vincent didn’t really touch it after it left his hand
Oof RJ cmon man…
What the fuck was that sequence
Ok NOW cue the Benny Hill music
Also, RJ should never bring the ball up in crunch time, he just can’t pass well out of the double team
Barrett is brain dead
I love that Barrett did everything possible to lose the game over that last minute…
What a game 🙂
Hartenstein’s tipping finally paid off
That looked like a volleyball game!
we did have two beautiful plays down the stretch. rj to randle to grimes for 3 and rj to grimes to hart at the rim.
I dunno WTF just happened but I approve!
Lmao what a clown show, but unlike most clown shows we won this clown show.
Pass by Grimes was killer.
I’ve only been able to watch a few minutes, but hearing Clyde say “yabba Dabba Doo” is a highlight
It can never just be easy huh
I would suggest that RJ not inbound the ball here
Ok…here comes another tried and true thibs inbound play out of the TO
Knicks have to be the worst 3pt defensive team in the clutch I’ve ever seen.
Is a 5 point lead with 5 seconds left not even safe? Do we now need to be up more points than there are seconds remaining in the game?
TNFH premature declaration. This is the Knicks
Couldn’t Randle have dribbled the ball away from the basket and we’d win the game right there?
This is ugly, but hey, better than losing!
That call’s being reversed
what happens when this gets reversed
That is not a foul
Keep all sharp objects away from me right now…
It’ll be Heat ball
It’ll be Heat ball
Crunch time, so naturally Randle can’t even stand on two feet.
Only this team my friends…..
Thibs is at it again …
Herro three anyone?
It shouldn’t come to prayer throw in from Grimes
I think that was the inbounds play we ran in high school… thibs is crafty….
Bam didn’t had the ball when the ref blowed the whistle. It should have been a jump ball.
Not sure whether I prefer a game-winning Heat 3 here or another OT where we fold like a cheap suit.
Good point cyber…
Both of the out of bounds plays were awfully, dreadfully designed.
But really, like I said in the opening, they always just somehow win the games to keep them from freefalling, even if they win them ugly. And this was about as ugly of a win as you’re ever going to see. The Heat should be ashamed of themselves, really.
Brian, you have some sort of time travel thing going on?
I’m surprised Randle left his man to help
I almost passed out when that last shot was in the air.
Every Knicks fan on the planet was absolutely positive that was going in
For all the chicanery at the end, a few of those down the stretch plays with multiple passes were very sweet
And Grimes was in the middle of them
I was that confident. 😉
I’ll just say this to top off the win — Randle and Barrett, TWELVE turnovers…
(Two more than the entire Heat team…)
I love winning against Miami. I’m happy.
The defensive difference without Brunson was, unfortunately, quite apparent.
– I thought it was weird how few shots IQ took
– RJ just destroying the Heat through the first 22min of the 2nd half, and then the Knicks the final 2min
– Nice to see Deuce scoring and Grimes find his shot again.
– We didn’t give up 170 points for once
– Someone absolutely showed they belong in the all-star game tonight (Bam)
I mean, it’s hard not to think we’re significantly better at full strength. Mitch and Brunson would have made a huge difference.
Ugly win, but a huge one, we’re going to be scrapping with Miami for the #6 seed for remainder of the regular season. Makes the BK and LA losses much more palatable.
Yeah, without Mitch and Brunson this was a pretty big win.
Did we win?
I was binge watching Narcos Mexico. Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo was one hell of a defender. Much better than RJ.
kyle lowry looks like he’s washed…
I know everyone loves to take their shots at RJ whenever possible but tonight isn’t the night for that, the Knicks don’t come close to winning this game without RJ.
Missed it. Sounds quite Knicksy. Even Kellyanne Szcerbiak couldn’t find a way to defend the ending. But really excited about a W.
Also, fuck the Heat.
So against the Cave, Celts, Nets, Lakers and Heat we went 3-2.
I would have guessed most of us Knicks fans would have signed up for that in a heartbeat…
Dillon Brooks did some bullshit tonight
Yes, definitely would have taken that.
“Dillon Brooks did some bullshit tonight”
He’s pushing Grayson Allen for most unpleasant person in the NBA. That was a double dirty play.
It seemed quasi-intentional…I dunno…
Really good shifts by Deuce and Obi…and Forunier did some good things too.
We were actually very solid on defense tonight, really not a lot of open 3’s, just catch and shoots over screens which you really can’t do much about.
And no one in the league could have guarded Bam tonight
It was fascinating. I think it was basically intentional, so it was terrible, but it really didn’t seem to be, like, completely intentional.
Yeah, best game by Deuce…all season?
“The defensive difference without Brunson was, unfortunately, quite apparent.”
We can live with one negative defender on the court. At least Brunson tries hard and is willing to give up his body. We need everyone else to either a plus or at least hold their own, preferably 3 pluses. OGA would be so perfect. He addresses a very specific need and is still young and improving.
“Yeah, best game by Deuce…all season?”
For sure, offensively. It was his normal decent-to-good defensive game, he’s actually had better lock-down stretches, and a few games where he orchestrated the offense really well, but actually making three baskets (two of them threes) was pretty huge.
“You know, there’s no place in the game and you’ve gotta protect yourself at the end of the day, but this has been brewing for years, with me, with other guys in the league…this isn’t new,” Mitchell said.
I watched our last inbounds attempt 5 times on replay. One of the most infuriating ATO plays I’ve ever seen. Not one damn screen. Not one attempt to get a player moving toward the ball in space. The plan was “Everybody scatter.” Grimes would have had to throw a perfect lob to get the ball in to any of the 4 guys on the court.
This isn’t a last-second shot they’re drawing up. It’s a damn inbounds.
“I watched our last inbounds attempt 5 times on replay. ”
i posted it above and i wasn’t joking…we ran that play on my freshman team in nineteen seventy fucking eight..
Bucks-Clips game a barn burner
Fwiw, Grimes did make a perfect lob. Randle just ate it. But yeah, our inbounding plays are garbage.
OGA is a KB thing, right? On google news the first two entries are from here! 😀
And if you had told me that included 2 wins against Celts and Heat, i couldn’t sign it fast enough. 😉