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Mike Woodson wants Knicks to end Heat’s streak

Mar 27, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler AP

Next Tuesday night, on national television, the New York Knicks will travel to Miami to take on the Heat.

If they win their next three games — which is no easy task and includes at San Antonio Sunday — the Heat will be at 30-consecutive wins when New York faces them. Just three games off the all-time record of the 1972 Lakers.

And Mike Woodson said wants the Knicks to be the team that knocks them off, reports the New York Post.

“They’re playing at such a high level, nobody is coming close to beating them,’’ Woodson said at the morning shootaround Tuesday at TD Garden. “ It would be nice. Their streak could end. They’re playing two good teams (beforehand). (But if) they’re undefeated and we go into Miami, hopefully we can be the team to break their streak.’’

The Knicks have won five in a row themselves with their offense scoring at a higher rate than any team in the NBA for that stretch (115.4 points per 100 possessions) and the defense being good. Plus, the Knicks have played the Heat tough this season.

Woodson has to think bigger picture, he has to focus on getting guys like Tyson Chandler (out Wednesday) and the rest of an older roster healthy for a playoff run. In an East where it is the Heat then everyone else, the Knicks could be the team that breaks out of the pack and gets to the conference finals.

But first, they’d like to wipe out that little streak the Heat are on.

  1. holl - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The Knicks have bigger things to worry about.

  2. cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    If you look at things logically (I know that’s not easy for the bandwagoners), the Knicks have only had 1 bad quarter against the Heat in 3 meetings this season. 2 of those games resulted in a 20 point beat down by the Knicks. In the 3rd game the Knicks blew a 16 point lead in one horrific quarter. The Heat were at full strength for all 3 games, the Knicks never were and unfortunately never will be with the loss of Amare. The fact is, the Heat don’t scare me at all. What does it matter if we should beat them yet again? The excuses will just keep coming, like “it’s only the regular season, it means nothing”. Or “they took them too lightly”. My favorite was after hurricane Sandy when the idiotic bandwagoners chimed in with, “We let you have that one after what you’ve been through”.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      I don’t disagree one iota.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Mr Wright, don’t even bother arguing with JimmyMarlinsjoke. It’s a waste of time, besides, he’s illiterate & can’t read most of the things you write anyway.

      • gabe0988 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        how did that work out for the bulls when they swept the heat in the seasons series and than lost 4-1in the playoffs

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      The Knicks are a team full of themselves and don’t have guys with a lot of playoff success. Can’t blame the world champs for having a hard time getting up for the world chumps

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        What are you even talking about?

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        I’m saying the Knicks suck and aren’t worth worrying about

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        PBT poll:
        Who is the biggest idiot of the bandwagon fans?
        A. JimmyMarlinsfan
        B. Moron Matt
        C. 1972
        D. Ricky Spanish
        E. pants free

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        PBT poll

        Would anyone mind if Cantonbound jumped off the highest bridge he could find?

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        How about those Marlins, Jimbo? Right, didn’t think so, shut up!

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Canton, it’s spring training. Anything could happen. No one expected the A’s to be competitive last year after trading their entire pitching staff. But this is a basketball forum and you don’t have much cred here. How about them Cavs?!?!!?

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        I’m not a Cavs fan, moron. If you could read, you would notice I’m a loyal Knicks fan.

      • thenmoveback - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Yeah cantonbound13 is loyal to the Knicks and dolphins…. Yet he cracks on the marlins and heat. Guy jumped on the dolphins bandwagon in the 80s and now calls heat fans bandwagon fans. He is lost in his own world. At least mr wright makes some logical points and shows some respect, all canton does is spew sh:t from his oversized mouth.

    • HotHotHeat - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      If you looked at this logically you will see that the Heat are the defending champions, two time defending Eastern Conference champions, currently riding a 27 game win streak that hasn’t been done in 40 years, will have home court advantage in the playoffs, and have the best player on the planet(not to mention two other all stars and a solid bench). Those are some of the reasons the experts in Vegas are picking the Heat over everyone including the Knicks.

      P.S. Games in March/April are a lot more important than the ones in November and December in the NBA.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Games in March & April are more important? Really? When did they start to give out championships in March & April?

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      …It’s not really complicated. Regular season success is not a predictor of playoff success.

      The Bulls and Celtics both have better than a 0.500 record against the Miami Heat in the regular season since the Heat’s Big-3 was formed.

      The Bulls went 1-4 against the Heat in the playoffs, specifically the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals (0.200 record).
      The Celtics have gone 1-4 and 3-4 against the Heat in the playoffs, specifically the 2011 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals and 2012 Eastern Conference Finals (4-8, or 0.333 record).

      That’s just the Heat, but there are plenty of examples involving other teams who did poorly against an opponent in the regular season, but played much better against that opponent in the playoffs.

      I recommend your read up on Hakeem Olajuwon’s Houston Rockets defeating David Robinson’s San Antonio Spurs in the Finals after the Rockets struggled against the Spurs in the regular season for another example.

    • badintent - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      The Knicks Nursing Home are still winning when Tyson is out of the line up. How many teams can say that when their starting center is out for 5 games. The fact of the matter is that only the Knicks had the guys(even thought some are old enough to be AARP members) to match up with the Heat and have a bench to match the Heat’s.I can’t wait to see Kmart and Birdman go mano a mano. So grab your popcorn.

  3. drex1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Seeing as the heat and lakers seem to be the most hated teams on this site (going by comments users post) would people prefer heat break the record or lakers keep it?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      The Heat aren’t hated as much as Heat FANS are hated on this site (and others).

      I would prefer the Lakers keep the record, and, to the topic at hand, the Knicks were constructed to beat the Heat, and have (as cantonbound mentioned), except the aberration that was the 4th quarter in the most recent matchup, thoroughly dominated the Heat in every game this year. If Tyson is back, with the addition of Martin, and having Melo back to his old self, along with JR driving more than ever, I don’t see why that would change.

      Officiating completely aside.

      But that’s if the Bulls or Spurs don’t end it first.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        A. How did those Knicks do in the playoffs last year against the Heat?
        B. losers blame the refs

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        And clowns like you, jimmymarlinsfan like to piss on peoples’ legs and tell them it’s raining when everyone watches the same games and same officiating, but only you Heat drones fail to see it (or admit that you do).

      • ezzz2the - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Heat fans by far are hated more than the actual Heat, but then again do “Heat fans” really exist? that’s debatable

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        Ezzzz, I’ve been a Heat fan since 89. The team won before Lebron and will win after him. Just because not every night is a sellout is all the proof you need to realize there is more to do in a city like Miami than a city like Boston or Cleveland

  4. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Good luck Woody, you will need it

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Chicago. Tonight. Focused.

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      What position are you playing?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Lame response

      • powerpc20 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        Lining up behind your mother, CB.

  6. rodge1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Feels nice having a basketball dynasty down here for once. Besides the obvious winning, the pure hate & anger that fans of other teams spew on here just shows how envious they are… Those same haters have been predicting Miami’s demise for over 2 years now. When their predictions are wrong, they immediately jump to the excuses. It’s no surprise that Knick fans are the ones leading the excuse-parade. Don’t give up on the Knicks ladies, they may become contenders in 3 years or so. Then you will feel proud and laugh as haters repeat themselves over and over with the same excuses. I may even be one of these future haters. But in the meantime I will continue to feel proud and laugh at your hate & crybaby excuses.

  7. bils293 - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    save the knicks comments for when they actually make some noise in the playoffs. carmelo will always live in lebrons shadow the same way the knicks will live in the heats shadow for seasons to come

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      How? He owned LeBron before having the least talented team he’s had in his career in the ’12 playoffs.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Why is everything an excuse with you? Most people save excuses for burps or stepping on someone’s foot

      • bils293 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Owned lebron? Carmelo has been a huge let down since entering the nba. The guy hasn’t experienced any form of playoff success. He’s a joke. The whole Knicks organization including teammates would drop melo in a second for a chance to play with lebron. As a Knicks fan you should be even more disappointed in melo.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:23 AM

  8. patfic15 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Knicks will win this game.

  9. yousuxxors - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    would be better if they lost this game and beat them in the playoffs

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