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Heat 100 Knicks 67: Heat drown Knicks in their own tears

Apr 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

That got ugly fast, and then Iman Shumpert went down. So it was essentially the worst day for the Knicks. It could have been worse, but it would have taken some dark magic.

The Heat destroyed the Knicks 100-67, outscoring them 57-29 in the second and third quarters. It was total annihilation. After Tyson Chandler gave LeBron James a hard foul on the back (and LeBron flopped like his life depended on it), James ripped off a 9-0 run to end the second quarter. He hit an and-one after being slammed into on the pump fake, then sliced between two defenders and finished after contact. It was that kind of game for James. He gave the best and worst he can give, flopping to make everyone who hates him full of hatred, and playing like the best player in basketball.

Little example. LeBron and Mike Miller were on the floor together for 16 minutes Saturday. In that time, they had an offensive efficiency of over 150, and held the Knicks to an efficiency of 37.6 101 is considered good in that context. I’ve seen building demolished with less carnage.

The Knicks, on the other hand, drowned in a bucket of defense from Miami. Carmelo Anthony had 11 points on 3-15 shooting. James did that, too. Tyson Chandler was limited by foul trouble but also had trouble dealing with the Heat’s ball movement. The Heat created open looks, everything the Knicks did was contested. Miami rotated on the string. It was total and complete domination. The Knicks shot 36 percent. Their starters had a 45 percent eFG% which is downright miserable. They had 27 turnovers leading to 38 points off turnovers. They turned the ball over 23 percent of the time. More than two out of ten possessions, the just gave the Heat the ball.

So, no, the game did not go well for the Knicks.

What to improve on? Everything.

Ball movement, execution, shooting, passing, defense, rebounding, help defense, composure, aggressiveness. They need to smell better. They should call their mothers more. Basically, if there’s anything they can control, they need to do it.

This series likely won’t be like this throughout its time. But it’s also going to take a major turnaround from the Knicks. They need everything to change, and quickly. Otherwise the Garden won’t just be cheering the Knicks on in an 0-2 deficit, but a series in which no hope appears evident.

And Shumpert was injured.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    This clown was scared to come to New York and play because he exhibits such loser and cowardly behavior on and off the court. Cannot respect this dude, and lost what sliver of respect I had remaining. Heat “fans” claiming we need to “man up and take our losses like men” and trying to explain FT stats — as if merely subtracting FTs attempted/made is an explanation for the complete crippling and demoralization that resulted on the part of the Knicks with this officiating is what’s more embarrassing than the officiating and flopping itself.

    And I’ve watched the NBA since 1984. Saw the Celtics get calls like this ALL THE TIME during the Bird, Parish, McHale era in the mid-late 80s at Boston Garden, and I saw the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Those look like by-the-book officiating CLINICS compared to this game. And THAT’S saying something.

  2. bowmanj35 - Apr 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    not a fan of either team but it is an absolute crying shame how the refs make different calls for different players. I understand bron is a meal ticket, but good God, does it get any more obvious the calls he gets? I turned it off before halftime.

  3. tgoodenuff - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Lebron just flopped again

  4. lakerluver - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Good showing, NY. Way to come out strong!!

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