Rapid Reaction: Heat 100, Knicks 67
April, 28, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: If you thought this Knicks-Heat series was going to be competitive, you might want to reconsider.
Because if Game 1 was any indication, the Knicks will be headed for a summer vacation very soon.
New York was thoroughly embarrassed by Miami on Saturday, falling behind by as many as 37 in a 100-67 loss. Logic says that if the Knicks have any hope of making this a competitive series, Game 2 on Monday is a must-win.
And the Knicks haven't won a playoff game in a while. Their last win was in 2001. Their 11-game playoff losing streak is the longest active streak in the NBA and the longest playoff losing streak in franchise history.
THE BAD: The Knicks' big three had a small impact on Game 1. Carmelo Anthony was torched in his matchup with LeBron James. Anthony finished with 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting. He missed his first seven shots. James had 32 points (23 in the first half), and hit 10 of 14 shots from the field and 11 of 14 from the line.
Amare Stoudemire was in foul trouble for much of the game. He came out aggressive but was ultimately a nonfactor, finishing with nine points on 2-of-7 shooting in 31 minutes.
Tyson Chandler gamely tried to play through the flu, but the 7-foot-1 center clearly wasn't himself. He had no points, three rebounds and seven turnovers. The performance makes you wonder how much Chandler can give the Knicks for the rest of the series.
SHUMPERT HURT: Iman Shumpert had to be carried off the court after he suffered a left knee injury midway through the third quarter.
The Knicks said Shumpert would not return to Saturday's game -- he didn't -- and no other updates will be available until tests are completed. But a team spokesman said it "didn't look good." A team official said Shumpert was taken to a local hospital.
SECOND-QUARTER SLUMP: The Knicks fell apart late in the second quarter, courtesy of a couple of questionable calls and sloppy play from New York.
The Knicks were down six when Stoudemire converted a lay-in that was waived off due to an offensive foul, his third of the afternoon. On the Heat's next possession, Shane Battier knocked down a 3. So what could have been a two-point lead was pushed to nine. Big swing. It sparked the tail end of a 24-2 Heat run to end the first half. Miami led 54-31 at halftime.
BAD CALLS? The Knicks were frustrated with some foul calls throughout the game, particularly those on James. Mike Woodson and Anthony both received technical fouls after voicing their opinion about a call.
Stoudemire was upset after he was whistled for the offensive foul prior to Battier's 3.
Chandler picked up a flagrant 2 when he set a hard screen to James' blind side, slamming a forearm into his back. After review, the call was changed to a flagrant 1.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: With the Heat up 18, James hit an off-balance 22-footer off glass and was fouled, sending the Miami crowd into a frenzy.
THE GOOD: Besides Baron Davis' 10 first-half points, there's nothing good to report. Davis hurt his back and did not return.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks take on Miami in Game 2 on Monday night.
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