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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. paintman34 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Wade seemed very spry, bosh rusty

  2. supershpa - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Lebron James is the best player in the league and the clear cut MVP!!!!

  3. diabloryno - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Couldn’t have been a more fitting topic for the Knicks fans on this board, haha.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Oh yeah, another play in which he flopped, you’re right diablo.

      • diabloryno - May 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        What are you talking about? “…Knicks in their own tears” – Should said and “Heat 100 Knicks 67: Heat drown Knicks AND FANS in their own tears”.

  4. vikingsinla - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Wow, can’t believe New York lost!

    The first 9 months of NBA playoffs are the worst.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    KD is the MVP and the Refs were today.

  6. dysraw1 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    what a bummer true the refs were murderer’s but we shot our own self’s in the foot

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      Yes, when you lose by 40 it’s the ref’s fault

      • david0303 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:33 AM

        hes saying they played terrible but the refs did kill them in the second quarter. lebron flopped huge and they gave him two free throws then they gave melo a T for passing the ball to the ref. the knicks played terrible, but the refs did make some terrible calls you cant deny that

      • david0303 - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:36 AM

        also i dont think the knicks have any chance at all of winning the series but i think they can win a game or two but when lebron is knocking down his mid range shots, combined with flopping and getting a ridiculous amout of fouls called in his favor, the heat will be tough to beat

  7. hwatt - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Perfect post, Matt.

    Lebron’s flop was so dumb, what got me was he was holding the back of his neck/head, but he was hit square in the back! At least hold the right body part!

    • tommy972 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Did you not see the way he head bobbled back and forth? Get outta here

      • hwatt - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        Um, no. Rofl, LeBobble

  8. lameasish - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Ok, NY fans, I will give you an extra 30 points since you seem to think the refs won the game for Miami..what’s the final score now? I must admit though, I have heard of a ref changing a game, but giving a team 33 points, that’s gotta be a record.

  9. fats84 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    A shame NYK and Philly in playoffs..Bucks should def be in before either of those teams…

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM


  11. dirtyjerseysports - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    I dont understand why everyone is suprised. This is what happens when a 2 seed plays a 7 seed that hasn’t won a single playoff game in over a decade.

  12. reupjosh - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Such a flopper! Thanks Matt for recognizing it, I know kurt wouldn’t have mentioned it…

  13. rhetoric1 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Clearly the refs and flop caused amare and melo to shoot 5-22 combined. Damn you, refs! Damn you, flopping lebron!!

  14. daniel10017 - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    4 game sweep by the Heat! The only question left to answer is who replaces Mike Woodson as head coach of the Knicks come October.

    • dirtyjerseysports - Apr 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      Isiah?….. lol

  15. pitolove124 - Apr 28, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    It’s funny how MIA fans are all giddy – they have the refs and the NBA push for a MIA chp – yeah breath on Lebron & wade and you get the whistle. While they hack away. But great win MIA.

    • axe301 - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      when did Knick fans become Jet fans? Refs? Flopping?


      At least you have to look forward to Isiah coming back to be your savior.

  16. dal24la - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    I blame the refs more then Lebron for flopping but the Knicks poor offense and TO’s were the reason they lost….as was their inability to guard Lebron.

  17. rodge1 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    You people are blind. Blaming the refs & LeBron flopping for the Knicks loss!… What about Miami’s defense?… What about NY’s terrible offense & gameplan?… Keep making excuses idiots

  18. rodge1 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:51 AM

    Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised by the excuses. You are the same NY fans that predicted Baron Davis being the ‘missing piece’ to a championship, and then Jeremy Lin, and then Woodson. Wonder who the Knicks fans’ next savior is, Tim Tebow?

  19. mysterywriter1951 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Not a surprising result from a match up between 2 and 7 seeds.
    I hate clicking on a game summary link from a legitimate news site only to find a poorly written story by an amateur blogger littered with wasteful adjectives, in appropriate metaphors, and a herky jerky pacing that throws the reader off.

  20. diablito0402 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    I saw part of the game and saw lbj flop around, the refs gave the heat every call, freethrows where heavily onesided, well what you expect,, lbj is such a dramatic punk..

  21. pitolove124 - Apr 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    It’s easy for MIA to play Defense and take it to the whole like no one is there when THEY know they aren’t going to be called for fouls. The Refs put Tyson and And Amare in foul trouble early – they didn’t let NYK play their game.

  22. dysraw1 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    oh well i guess the Knicks should just pack it in according to all the Heat fans, however adversity has been my teams rally call all season. so heat fans even though Miami as set the tone I still believe

  23. jimeejohnson - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    NY and Boston are antagonists, but they have one thing in common: blame the refs when their teams lose, except for the Patriots, who always blame Tom Brady.

  24. md23rewlz - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Fifteen minutes? Twenty minutes? Half-an-hour? I don’t think it was an hour. Sorry, was just trying to calculate how much time I wasted on various KNICKS WILL UPSET THE HEAT articles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a two-seed underestimated as much as Miami.

  25. johnnygsnake - Apr 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Well I guess 2012 belong to the heats LeBron first ring !!!

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