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10 preview notes about the Knicks and Heat

4/28/2012

As complied by the Elias Sports Bureau:

1. The Knicks have lost each of their last 10 playoff games. Only three teams in NBA history have lost more than 10 straight playoff games: Memphis (12 straight from 2004 to 2006), Denver (11 straight from 1988 to 1994) and Baltimore (11 straight from 1965 to 1970).

2. The Knicks have scored fewer than 100 points in each of their last 35 playoff games dating back to the 1999 Eastern Conference finals. That is the second-longest streak of consecutive playoff games with fewer than 100 points in NBA history, behind Miami’s 38-game streak from 1997 to 2004.

3. The Heat won all three games they played against the Knicks during the regular season. Prior to this season, there were 32 instances in which one NBA team swept another in a regular-season series of at least three games and then those two teams met in a best-of-seven series. In only one of those instances did the team that lost all of the regular-season games win the playoff series. Miami defeated Chicago, four games to one, in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals after losing all three of the regular-season matchups between the two teams.

4. LeBron James has recorded at least 1,500 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists in each of his first nine seasons in the league. Only one other player in NBA history reached those levels in those categories in each of his first nine seasons in the league: Larry Bird.

5. Mike Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 (.750) record after he took over as the team’s head coach on March 14. Only one head coach in NBA history posted a higher winning percentage after taking over a team in mid-season than Woodson did with the Knicks (minimum: 20 games): George Karl, who went 32-8 (.800) with the Denver Nuggets in 2004-05.

6. Carmelo Anthony has played 82 regular-season games, the equivalent of a full season, since he joined the Knicks. Only two players in Knicks history scored more points than Anthony (1,956) in their first 82 games with the team: Bob McAdoo (2,113) and Amare Stoudemire (2,048).

7. Anthony scored 42 points against the Heat the last time these two teams met on April 15. Anthony is one of two players to score 40-plus points in a game against Miami since James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became teammates. (Utah's Paul Millsap had 46 points against them on Nov. 9, 2010).

8. So with all the injuries, which was the Knicks’ best lineup this season? Surprisingly, by one measure, it did not include Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin. The five-man unit of Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields played just over 168 minutes together, during which the Knicks outscored their opponents by 44 points (on a 48-minute basis, it would be 100.7 to 88.2). That’s the best scoring margin per 48 minutes among any of the Knicks’ 10 most-used units this season (in terms of minutes on the floor together). But replace Fields with J.R. Smith and you get the combination that did the poorest among the Knicks’ 10 most-used units. In nearly 63 minutes together, the combination was outscored by 12 points (or by a margin of 98.1 to 88.9 on a 48-minute basis).

9. The Heat lost their final two games of the season, each by 10 or more points. Only one team in NBA history has gone on to win an NBA title after losing its final two games of the regular season, both by double digits: San Antonio in 2006-07.

10. The Knicks and Heat last met in the postseason in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2000. Only three players who appeared in that series were on an active NBA roster this season: Anthony Carter (Toronto), Kurt Thomas (Portland) and Marcus Camby (Portland and Houston).

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