LeBron continues his redemption tour. This outing succinctly summed up the difference between LeBron and Carmelo Anthony. While James was busy facilitating for teammates, Anthony put on the blinders and kept hunting for his own shot. They both put up big scoring numbers, but LeBron made sure he got his teammates involved in the process while eating up only 15 field goal attempts.
The Knicks could have packed their bags for the Empire State once Wade started hitting those circus shots in the second quarter. Wade nailed shot after shot with a seemingly impossible degree of difficulty, taking the wind out of New York's sails. Hard to recover from that. Wade's shot blocks also were mind-boggling in this series. We've never seen anyone like him.
He's been money in the fourth quarter all season. Bosh did a great job of keeping Tyson Chandler's offensive boards to a minimum -- for the first half, at least. Bosh mixed in some dunks and smooth jump shots. Although he didn't have a particularly memorable series on the court, he'll always remember it, as it coincided with the birth of his baby boy.
You might look at all of Anthony's missed shots in this one and blame him for the loss, but J.R. Smith had a big hand in the Knicks' clankfest. The Heat primarily stuck LeBron on Anthony in this one, and the defensive player of the year candidate contested his jumpers about as well as anyone could. Anthony hit some incredible shots, but alas, it wasn't enough.
Valiant effort from the Knicks. No Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis or Iman Shumpert for most of the series. Throw in Tyson Chandler's flu game and Amare Stoudemire's lacerated hand. Still, they picked up their first playoff win in more than a decade. This team needs serious help, but it was dealt a bad hand as well.