Currently, the New York Knicks stand around $5.6 million under the $58 million, league-mandated salary cap. Unfortunately, the roughly $52 million tied up in contracts, only locks down five players for the 2012-2013 season. In order for the Knicks to fill out their roster to 15 players, they’ll have to make some choices, as well as some creative signings.
The season that began with a Lockout ended with the Knicks falling to some lock-down defense from the Miami Heat.
The rollar-coaster season the Knicks have endured finally came to an end tonight in a 106-94 loss to the Heat in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 35 points and eight rebounds. The Heat were led by LeBron James’ near triple-double of 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
If there’s one thing that the Heat have exposed in the first four games of this series, it’s that Steve Novak is a one-trick-pony. Yes, we knew this, but we never knew the extent. The Heat’s super-quick perimeter rotations leave Novak with essentially no time to hoist up a three – even though he has a lightning quick release – which leaves him trapped out behind the three-point line. In the series, Novak has only hit four threes, on just seven attempts. He’s still knocking down the shots, just isn’t getting the opportunity to take too many. The lack of attempts isn’t coming from a lack of playing time, either. It’s resulting from superb defense that doesn’t even let Novak attempt a shot. When Novak is on the floor, the Knicks are essentially playing four on five, with the possibility of a three-pointer, should the Heat collapse on defense.
Yesterday, in a conference call, Mike Woodson said that he’s “not counting” on Jeremy Lin returning to the Knicks’ lineup in time for Wednesday’s game five. This comes on the heels of Melo shooting down a Lin return this year by saying “he’ll be ready to go next year”, without a mention of the remaining playoff games, after Sunday’s victory over the Heat.
In yesterday’s game four victory over the Miami Heat, Baron Davis pushed the ball towards the hoop during a fast break, then proceeded to collapse, while clutching his knee. Earlier in the series, Knicks fans saw Iman Shumpert go down with a torn ACL, so when Boom Dizzle fell to the floor, we expected the worst. Unfortunately for Baron, the worst is what he got.
It’s about damn time.
After more than 11 years since their last playoff game victory, the Knicks salvaged their season at least for another game, avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat with an 89-87 win today at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 41 points and six rebounds while the Heat were led by LeBron James’ 27 points.
Tonight, the New York Knicks lost to the Miami Heat by 17, 87-70. For three quarters, the Knicks kept up with the Heat, but in the fourth quarter, Lebron James went super-human and Mario Chalmers stepped up to hit a few big threes, and eventually sunk the Knicks by 17.
I’ve been promising them for a while, so here you go. If you want any other players, be sure to comment below the post or tweet me (@TheKnicksWall)!
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The Knicks currently find themselves in the same position they were in last year after their first two playoff games: Down 0-2 with injuries to important players (Chauncey Billups and Amar’e Stoudemire last year, Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire this year). After two agonizing, close losses to the Celtics, Knicks fans couldn’t help but wonder what could’ve been if the team had a full, healthy roster. We all remember the ending: the Celtics marched into MSG and won the next two games to complete the sweep.
With all the doom and gloom surrounding the Knicks, it’s about time something positive came out concerning our beloved New York team. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Tyson Chandler has been named the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and will be acknowledged tomorrow at the Knicks’ training facility.
Last night, after the Knicks’ 10-point loss to the Miami Heat, Amare Stoudemire punched the metal and glass encasing of a fire extinguisher on his way to the locker room. At the time, the severity of the injury was unknown. The only news to surface was that a large amount of blood stained the carpet in the locker room and JR Smith said that Stoudemire got stitches. As Stoudemire slipped through the security exit, cameras caught his left-hand wrapped up and in a sling.