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Teams bounce back from playoff blowouts, but can Knicks?

Apr 30, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

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NBA playoff history is filled with teams who got blown out one game who bounced back the next game and won. Games and series can take dramatic swings.

But after watching Game 1, when the Heat rolled the Knicks behind a big game from LeBron James, you have to wonder if the Knicks can do it.

Maybe, but they need a lot of things to go right. Which is kind of the story of this series.

Health is at the forefront. Tyson Chandler will start for the Knicks after being slowed in Game 1 due to the flu, and New York needs him to be dominant inside. The Knicks also will start Baron Davis, who had a nice first half last game until his back tightened up and he sat the rest of the way.

Landry Fields will start at the two guard spot for the injured Iman Shumpert, who suffered an ACL knee injury in Game 1. J.R. Smith will get more minutes but he will still come off the bench.

The Knicks also need to get their offense firing.

What Miami did best in Game 1 was take Carmelo Anthony out of his comfort zones catching the ball — the result was he had just 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting — and that threw the entire isolation-heavy Knicks offense off rhythm. The Heat fronted him in the post and did not let him get the ball in the spots he likes it. The Heat will bring more and different looks at Anthony in Game 2, which means plenty of LeBron James and doubles, looking to do the same thing.

New York needs to get ‘Melo in a groove, taking steps to get him in isolations where he can succeed. That starts with counters when the post is fronted.

Ball movement and other guys are the key here for the Knicks — if the double is coming to Carmelo then someone else has to be open. New York must rotate the ball to the weak side then knock down the shots. Other guys — particularly guys with range like J.R. Smith and Steve Novak have to step up.

The Knicks also need more out of Amare Stoudemire.

But to make him work means one of the Knicks point guards has to step up. That would be Davis, because you can’t really expect Mike Bibby to do that.

Finally, the Knicks need to contain LeBron and Dwyane Wade — no, Wade was not a force in Game 1 but he had Shumpert on him, the Knicks best perimeter defender. Look for the Heat to attack with him more.

That’s a lot of things that need to go better for the Knicks, which is kind of the story of this series — the Knicks have a very small margin for error, the Heat have pretty big one. Still, I expect Game 2 will be closer than Game 1, and that ‘Melo will have a better outing. The Knicks had better hope so.

  1. miamatt - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:06 PM


  2. gmen4life33 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Teams bounce back from playoff blowouts, but can Knicks (given the fact that the refs are in love w/ Lebron James, and probably have posters of him up in their rooms)?

    • heat256 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      If the Knicks rolled out 5 elephant turds in sneakers Saturday they would have done a better job than what the actual players did. You know it’s sad when people are thinking Jeremy Lin – who was basically assraped into a crap game when Miami got to him – is viewed as a potential savior by the delusional NY media and fanbase. They lost, and will lose the series. how fast is up to the Knicks.

  3. canehouse - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    LETS GO HEAT!!!!

  4. truprof - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Miami is the new Hollywood and Lebron is the new drama queen. His flops in the first half alone were worthy of an Oscar nomination!

    • heat256 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      But when Kobe, Griffin, KD, Garnett and the many other players do it you’re ok with that right? Doubt it. Come up with new material. If the NBA wants to address flopping, then let them. You just sound like a bitter child who is sad someone else has the nice toy you wish your mommy and daddy would buy for you. Maybe you should worry about why the Knicks couldn’t score, defend or look like they cared they were in the playoffs. When JR “master 3 point jacker” Smith is your leading scorer, you have issues. Where was Amare? Melo?

      • edweird0 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s all fine & dandy when the leagues other stars do it, but when LeBron does it hes the biggest flop in all of the playoffs. Get over yourselves you cry babys, sound like a bunch of little girls.

      • jolink653 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        you can’t include KD in that conversation that’s just stupid to say…the guy draws fouls because he puts a ton of pressure on the offense but he never flops and even as a heat fan you have to admit lebron was throwing himself around to draw fouls…he went down like he got shot on the play where jr smith “shoved” him out of bounds and don’t even get me started on the chandler pick

        other than that you’re right the knicks were awful and for most of the game they looked disinterested and completely out of it…jr smith should have a permanent seat on the bench and i’m looking forward to him opting out next year and going somewhere else i’m so sick of watching him take these ridiculous shots clogging up the offense and worst of all committing these terrible fouls on perimeter jumpers…if the knicks pound the ball down low they can be successful and that’s where the heat are vulnerable…amare needs to take the ball to the hole more and draw some fouls to force the heat to rotate their weaker second unit in

      • gmen4life33 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        LEBRON IS THE FACE OF THE LEAGUE. There are a lot of benefits that come with that, AND YES some responsibilities. You get 100’s of million in endorsements, every game is on national tv, the refs love you, JUST DONT FLOP LIKE REGGIE MILLER

  5. jimeejohnson - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Knicks loss has absolutely nothing to do with Melo’s horrible night. In fact, why not crown Miami NBA champion NOW since the NBA is as rigged as professional wrestling?

    PS: Sarcasm intended, notwithstanding Boston and Los Angeles (Lakers).

    • edweird0 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Why are you such a cry baby? Stars get preferential treatment ALL THE TIME. It’s not anything unique to the Heat.

      • florida727 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        Preferential treatment? Agree. Absolutely. I’m a lifelong Bulls fan. Jordan got calls nobody else would ever get (but only after getting hammered by the Pistons for a couple years). Face it… you love it when it’s in your rooting interest favor; you hate it when it works against you. I could be wrong, but if you look back at Bulls boxscores during their six title years, I can almost guarantee you they never lost when Steve Javie officiated the game. Every key game they absolutely needed to win, if he called the game, the Bulls won. I have very vivid memories of those situations.

      • jolink653 - Apr 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

        @ florida727

        i agree too that stars in the nba are given special treatment by the refs but that’s not the issue here…being a knicks fan i hated jordan because of how he torched the knicks but i always respected him because of how great he was there was no question that he was one of if the not the best ever to play the game…jordan never flopped to draw fouls if he went down you knew it was a hard foul and a deserved trip to the line…lebron showed everyone exactly what kind of player he is by dropping to the ground every time he got touched and i have absolutely no respect for someone who does that

  6. azaanforeal - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    that worst game i seen in a long time……….a 270 grown ass man flooping like a lil sisy. What a terrbile officiated game that was…… worst in history for me

  7. azaanforeal - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    David stern already knows who he want in the finals and will try everything possible make that happen. Nba a fraud so is stern……..No wonder chris paul didnt go to lakers because dont want lakers to win another title………Stern can save you Miami ……..YOU NEVER WIN A TITLE WITH LEBONON

  8. lakerluver - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    The East parted like the Red Sea for the “Heatles”. I hate that Rose got hurt, the Bulls were my pick to come out of the East. Now it’s Miami. However, the NBA champ is coming from the West. The LAKERS, Spurs, or OKC are all better than the “Heatles”.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Not if the refs keep cheating (they aren’t as bad as Game 1, but it’s still bad in Game 2 thus far).

  10. 11jlacy - May 1, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Sorry spike maybe next year piece n hairgrease.

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