Here are a few thoughts at halftime of Game 2 of the Heat-Knicks series.
MELO BOUNCES BACK: It didn't take long for Carmelo Anthony to shake off his awful performance in Game 1.
Anthony had 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the first quarter on Monday. There was plenty of talk about different schemes and adjustments to be made between Games 1 and 2, but the real difference is simple: Anthony made shots early on. He also got the ball facing the basket, rather than in the post, which made it hard for Miami to throw out a double-team.
After going 3-for-15 for 11 points in Game 1, Anthony bounced back with 15 first-quarter points, two of which came on a powerful dunk.
And he nearly single-handedly kept the Knicks in the game early on after the Heat went on a 9-0 run.
The only problem with Anthony's dominance is, it took away opportunities from his teammates. All Knicks not named Anthony took just seven shots in the first quarter.
The other problem is that he didn't shoot particularly well in the second quarter. He finished the quarter 2-for-6 and had an air-ball on a 3-pointer in the midst of Miami's 6-0 run late in the half.
CHANDLER PERKS UP: Anthony wasn't the only Knick to wipe away the cobwebs from Game 1.
Tyson Chandler also rebounded from a subpar outing. Playing with flu-like conditions, the Knicks center was limited to three rebounds and held scoreless in 21 minutes in Game 1. He was much more engaged and energetic in Game 2, finishing the first half with four rebounds (all offensive) and four points. He had several tip-outs on rebound attempts.
Chandler also had a strong put-back dunk over Mike Miller, but received a technical foul for taunting on the play, another sign that he's feeling better.
DEFENSE ON WADE: With Iman Shumpert out with a torn ACL and lateral meniscus, the Knicks went to Landry Fields to guard Dwyane Wade.
It didn't work particularly well.
Wade torched Fields and the Knicks in the first half for 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting. He had 11 of the Heat's first 18 points.
It'll be interesting to see what adjustments the Knicks make on Wade in the second half.
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