Knicks Morning News (Monday, Jun 18 2012)

  • [New York Post] Shumpert shoots for Jan. return (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:46:55 -0500)

    Iman Shumpert is back on his feet, but he is a long way from getting back on the basketball court.
    The Knicks guard, who made an appearance yesterday at a Sprint NBA Nation event at South Street Seaport, is back walking under his own power after surgery early last month…

  • [New York Times] Final Game 3: Heat 91, Thunder 85: Game 3, and Series Lead, Goes to the Heat (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:51:19 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 29 points and Dwyane Wade had 25 as Miami held off Oklahoma City in Game 3 of the N.B.A. finals to take a 2-1 series lead.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Finals: N.B.A. Finals — Durant’s Foul Trouble Costs Thunder (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:50:12 GMT)

    Kevin Durant picked up his fourth foul late in the third quarter, then scored just 4 points in the final quarter as Oklahoma City lost Game 3 to Miami.

  • [New York Times] Notebook: Miami Heat Try to Draw Charges to Protect the Key (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 01:32:21 GMT)

    In the N.B.A. finals, Miami is trying to slow the Thunder’s attack by getting in front and holding on tight.

  • [New York Times] 5 Things to Note From Game 3 of the NBA Finals (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:43:52 GMT)

    Back and forth they went in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, with the Miami Heat finally pulling out a 91-85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here’s a list of some of the talking points from Sunday night, including perhaps the most gentlemanly display of trash talk in finals history, how free throws aren’t free and why Shane Battier keeps making the most of his first taste of the title series.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Deal With Mistakes in Game 3 Loss to Heat (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:32:19 GMT)

    The lead was 10, the building was quiet, it was late in the third quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder were on the cusp of grabbing command of the NBA Finals again.

  • [New York Times] LeBron on a Mission to Make Up for Last Year’s Disappointment (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:31:54 GMT)

    LeBron James played like a man on a mission on Sunday, barreling his way to the rim, fighting for rebounds and getting to the foul line as the Miami Heat seized the lead in the NBA Finals with a 91-85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Fall Victim of Foul Play (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:28:44 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder were the best free-throw shooting team in the NBA this season but the Western Conference champions lost Game Three of the championship series due to their frailties at the line against the Miami Heat on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Heat Walk the Line to Edge Ahead of Thunder (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:23:11 GMT)

    Miami’s dominance from the free-throw line proved strong enough to quell the Oklahoma City Thunder in a fierce fourth-quarter battle as the Heat claimed a 91-85 Game Three victory on Sunday and a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.

  • [New York Times] LeBron Steals Show, as Heat Cruise to 2-1 Lead (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 03:59:12 GMT)

    The Miami Heat held off Oklahoma City Thunder after a scintillating fourth-quarter battle to claim a 91-85 Game Three victory and seize a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association Finals on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Heat Lead Thunder 69-67 After 3 Quarters (Mon, 18 Jun 2012 02:26:03 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 21 points, and his 3-pointer capped a comeback that gave the Miami Heat a 69-67 lead after three quarters of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

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    4 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (Monday, Jun 18 2012)”

    1. Last night was the worst game of the series so far, and also the first one that fundamentally altered my perception of the series. I picked OKC in 6 before the series because I didn’t think Miami would be able to slow them enough to win any games where they weren’t shooting well, and they’re not a good enough shooting team to win a series that way. Winning a game in which they shot absolutely horribly on jumpers was a major victory for Miami last night, and while I still like OKC’s chances game 4 is now a very important game for them.

      Whether it was age, or experience, or lack of a true PG, or bad coaching, OKC played with a critical lack of poise down the stretch of that game. They were threatening to pull away in the 3rd quarter, then Durant picked up a silly foul biting on a DWade pump fake (very soft, but once you get up in the air on the pump fake NBA refs get you every time). Westbrook forced a few plays and Brooks compounded the issue by benching Westbrook, they fouled on those 2 3s consecutively, and Miami was able to reclaim the lead going to the 4th. That was a huge swing in the game, and OKC was never able to reclaim the upper hand.

      I think Brooks has been pretty great in this playoffs, but he’s having a rough series. He needs to get Durant off Lebron and find a way to keep him out of trouble. But on top of that his rotations are just weird right now and looking at the minutes distribution highlights that. 34 minutes for Perk vs. only 22 for Ibaka and 13 for Collison. The Ibaka number in particular is shocking to me. The Heat are killing their pick and rolls by trapping, and Ibaka is their only big capable of hitting jumpers and going to the hoop, plus his shot blocking was sorely missed in a game where the Heat could only score in the paint. And 27 minutes for Fisher vs. only 28 for Thabo and only 34 for Harden. Fish has done some good things in this series, but Thabo and Harden have to play more.

    2. Beck had a good off the dribble this morning quoting Phil Jackson in “Real Sports” on HBO.
      Jackson said he wouldn’t want to coach the Knicks, which kind of provides support the the Knicks, who didn’t seek to sign him. He also said that Amare needs a certain system to succeed and that he and Melo are not a good match. He also said Melo needs to be a better player, a better passer, and the ball can’t stop every time it touches his hands.
      All of this confirms what most people can see with their own eyes, except for a few of the Melo lovers here. I thought Melo could be that guy, but as time has worn on I’ve become less sanguine, to say the least.

      on OKC, I think Westbrook has forgotten, again, who the best player on that team is. Going 8-18 and Harden 2-10 is terrible. Can’t win that way.

    3. Game lost in the 3rd quarter, when Thunder looked like they were about to blow out the Heat, then Westbrook had 5 or 6 horrible offensive possessions in a row, which all led to transition buckets for Miami. Something like brick, brick, turnover, brick, brick…. with very few passes in btw. Harden’s stock has also been declining in this series — he is an excellent player, but not so sure he’s a MAX contract 2 guard just yet. His defense needs to get better and he needs to work on his in between game a bit more…it’s either shoot a 3 or try to get all the way to the basket and get fouled — now that his shot is off, the Heat can just sag off him into the paint daring him to take the midrange. Still think OKC will win the series, but my OKC in 6 prediction not looking so hot right now.

    4. Frank O.:
      Beck had a good off the dribble this morning quoting Phil Jackson in “Real Sports” on HBO.
      Jackson said he wouldn’t want to coach the Knicks, which kind of provides support the the Knicks, who didn’t seek to sign him.

      on OKC, I think Westbrook has forgotten, again, who the best player on that team is. Going 8-18 and Harden 2-10 is terrible. Can’t win that way.!/sportsguy33

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