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.
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.
Already going into the game with news that defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler might not be at 100% due to the flu, the Knicks were completely massacred by the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Easter Conference Round 1 series, 100-67. LeFlop James led the Heat with 32 points and four steals. New York was “led” by J.R. Smith’s 17 points off the bench.
With just over six minutes left in the third-quarter, rookie Iman Shumpert collapsed to the ground, grabbing his left knee. Shumpert was dribbling the ball up the court and while trying to crossover to get by Mario Chalmers, Shumpert planted awkwardly with his left leg. Like most significant injurys, Shumpert’s came without any contact. He was visibly in pain, and needed Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan to carry him off the court, while supporting his knee.
Karma could be on the side of the Knicks, since the last time that they played the Heat in the first-round they went onto play the Spurs in the Finals. In addition, during that 1999 season, the NBA also had a lockout shortened campaign, that saw the team hurt by the injury to Patrick Ewing.
The New York Knicks have been blessed with an extremely deep team – even Mike D’Antoni stretched his usual 8-9 man rotation – but with the playoffs starting, the rotation will shrink… The question is, who will make the cut?
No more paying attention to Bucks, Sixers and Magic games. No more trying to figure out who the first round opponent will be. The playoffs have arrived and the team the Knicks hoped to model when they first signed Amar’e Stoudemire in 2010 is the opponent: The Miami Heat.
Great work by Owen Hill Jr. (@OwenHillJR).
The playoff schedules just came out, so I thought I’d give you all an update on when the Knicks will be playing!
Game 1 will be on April 28th (Saturday) at 3:30 PM EST, in Miami, and can be seen on ABC.
Today, the New York Knicks issued a statement in which they named Glen Grunwald Executive Vice President and General Manager.
Since July, Grunwald has been in this role – on an interim basis – and today, the Knicks made it permanent.
With the Bucks’ loss to the Indiana Pacers tonight, the Knicks have clinched a playoff birth for the second consecutive year.
So, even though four games remain before the season officially concludes, no matter the outcome of those games, the Knicks will be playing playoff basketball. Mathematically, the Knicks could still end up with the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th seed, and with the recent new coming out of Orlando, who knows what’s going to happen to the Magic. Could they lose out? Definitely. Could they win for Dwight? Definitely. One things for sure: The 6th seed is still in play.
After a 17-point loss in Toronto last night, the Knicks bounced back with a 21-point victory over the Pistons tonight, at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks were pretty sloppy tonight, but thanks to some solid shooting, from both the field and the free-throw line, the Knicks were able to cruise to a double-digit victory. They amassed 22 turnovers, but managed to limit the Pistons to 25 points off those turnovers, while the Knicks scored 22 points off the Pistons’ 17 turnovers.