In Bob Dylan’s “Temporary Like Achilles,” he opens with:
Standing on your window, honey
Yes, I’ve been here before
Feeling so harmless
I’m looking at your second door
How come you don’t send me no regards?
You know I want your lovin’
Honey, why are you so hard?
Well, if you’re an old enough Knick fan, you know that we have definitely been here before with the Knicks and the Heat. Outside of that series against the Heatles, Game 1 was very much in keeping with past Knicks/Heat playoff series. Hard fought, gritty, close games that leave you grinding your teeth down to little stubs. You know we want your lovin’, Knicks (winning playoff games), but honey, why are you so hard?
So expect more of that in Game 2, even with the Heat being without Jimmy Butler. You know who was also missing their best player last night? The Philadelphia 76ers, but they managed to win a playoff game without the literal Most Valuable Player in the NBA this season, Joel Embiid, so certainly, the Heat can (and will) win this game without Jimmy Butler.
Randle and Brunson are both game-time decisions, which is actually kind of freaky, since I would have assumed that Brunson would have been cleared by now. With Butler out, maybe the Knicks are more conservative with Randle. Who knows? I love tweets like, “Randle looked like he was moving well out there.” Dude, you can’t tell shit from that. You certainly can’t tell if a dude’s ankle is prepared to play a professional basketball game. But let’s hope Randle and Brunson both play, not that it really matters.
I figure Caleb Marin slides into the starting lineup, so it’ll be Vincent/Strus/Martin/Love/Bam. That is not an imposing lineup, even with a rejuvenated Kyle Lowry coming off of the bench, but somehow, you know it will work out for the Heat in some weird way.
Why is it so hard for the Knicks? I dunno, but it is, so deal with it.
It matters not at all, but what the heck, let me still say, Let’s go, Knicks!