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Can Knicks be more than one-and-done against Heat?

May 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

The last two games, the Heat did not bring their “A” game, and they still won one game against the Knicks and lost the other by two points. Conventional wisdom says Miami comes home Wednesday night, crank up the defensive pressure again and just run away and hide from the Knicks.

That could happen.

But the Knicks showed a few signs of life in Game 4, snapping their 13 game playoff losing streak. If all those things can repeat themselves and actually improve while away from Madison Square Garden the Knicks have a shot. Yes, I know the odds of that.

Here’s what has to happen.

Mike Bibby has to play well. He’s the starting point guard, but really in name only — Carmelo Anthony has the ball in his hands most possessions, J.R. Smith will get some turns and Bibby will spend much of the game working off the ball. The Heat don’t fear him, as evidenced by Dwyane Wade’s comments (via the Sun Sentinel):

“We know Mike has made more shots in this series than he made all last year (with the Heat),” Wade said. “Send that to Mike.”

Bibby doesn’t have to do much, but when he does something he needs to be efficient — knock down the shot, don’t turn the ball over.

Amare Stoudemire needs to have another big game. He was the unexpected boost for the Knicks in Game 4 — he was back from his hand’s run in with a fire extinguisher and really produced with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even though he was one handed and couldn’t go left. This was the best Anthony and Stoudemire have played off each other in a long time and they will have to repeat and improve on that to win in Miami.

• Carmelo has to go off again. He had 41 on Game 4 and he’ll need similar numbers again. What I don’t get is why the Heat stick with Shane Battier as his defender most of the time — Anthony is shooting 52 percent against Battier this series. Anthony attacks and goes at the smaller Battier every time. Anthony likes isolation sets, LeBron is as good an isolation defender as there is in the league. Look for the Heat to be more aggressive in how they defend Anthony and he’s still going to have to produce.

We could from here get into a debate on how the last Miami Heat shot should be handled. But if Miami plays up to its potential, it can be Dexter Pittman because he’s in for garbage time. The Knicks need a lot of things to go right for them, they have no margin for error.

  1. markcsii - May 9, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    So in other words, no.

  2. gmen4life33 - May 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    First making fun of Dirk’s illness last year, now moking Bibby, who was his teammate last year? Wow what class from D Wade, you would never guess his mother was a crack head who admitted to having sex w/ men for drugs. What class the Wade family has.

    And yes, the Knicks can be more than “one and done” in the series.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    The Heat aren’t going to play any “better” than they have all series. You’re not giving credit to the Knicks’ D. The Heat have still scored 100 points twice in this series, so I’m not sure what “A” game you’re referring to.

    The KNICKS haven’t played THEIR “A” game, and it has less to do with Miami’s defense (which is overrated — take away the flopping calls) and a complete lack of execution and unforced turnovers by the Knicks themselves.

    • trueballs - May 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      That’s exactly what good defense does. It makes it tough for teams to do simple things.

      I’m going out on a limb here saying that Miami’s defense has SOME effect on NY’s “complete lack of execution and unforced turnovers”

    • youngyankee - May 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      “The KNICKS haven’t played THEIR “A” game” – yes they have. their A game requires Melo to shoot > 50% and he’s done it once and they won.

      Woody needs to do a better job managing personnel this game and needs a way to crack Miami’s defensive schemes around the Knicks, especially their important bench players.

      Game 3 – the knicks fought for 3 quarters but looked GASSED in the 4th.

      Miami is playing D on guys like Novak almost perfectly. Woody needs to find a way to play into the way Miami’s wing defenders are suffocating Novak, i.e Amare & Tyson HAVE to get it going in the middle so that their wing defenders are 1 step slower to the 3pt lines.

    • heat256 - May 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Yes, a defense consistently ranked among the best in the league is overrated. Do you know anything about basketball?

      • soflasfinest - May 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

        No he doesn’t. He’s a goon that thinks the Knicks are legit when their obviously not and loves bashing the heat every chance he can. Again, you mad bro?! He needs to change his name to mr. Wrong ASAP

  4. shockexchange - May 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    To beat Miami, Knicks must apply the “Lebron Rules” again >> http://clicky.me/TheLebronRules

  5. 11jlacy - May 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Clicking, clicking means to shot the ball to much and I nominate j r smith n o j mayo to the all clicking team. Help name others past or present peace n hairgrease ya dig.

  6. uhemi - May 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Mr. Wright= Idiot

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