After losing two straight and tying an NBA playoff record for 12 consecutive losses, the New York Knicks were backed into a corner and looked like they were on the same path as they were during the last postseason. As if the loss weren’t bad enough with a 2-0 hole to come back from heading to the Big Apple, the Knicks would have to do it without Amare Stoudemire (hand) and Jeremy Lin (knee).
With that being said, the odds were definitely in the Heat’s favor coming into Game 3 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The Knicks may have home court advantage playing in one of the toughest places to play as a visitor in the NBA, but it didn’t make a difference as Miami was clearing the better all-around squad for third straight game with an 87-70 victory.
This game was incredibly sloppy from start to finish as both teams struggling to shoot the basketball or get any kind of rhythm going. Despite that being the case, the Heat did start to come on strong in the fourth quarter with LeBron James turning it on. With 17 points in the fourth (31 total), LeBron single-handedly led the Heat past the Knicks and basically destroyed any hopes of Carmelo Anthony and company getting back into this series.
Obviously, there is one more game in New York to be played with the Knicks hosting Game 4, but it seems as though the spirits of the Knicks’ players was broken after tasting a little success and getting shut down by a motivated LeBron at just the right time.
There is talk circulating that Stoudemire and possibly Lin could return for Game 4 with both players supposedly making progress with their injuries. Even if both players can get back on the floor in Game 4, it seems like a forgone conclusion that the Heat will advance and take one step closer to getting back to the NBA Finals for a second straight season.
- Melo gets first big win with the Knicks over LeBron’s Heat in Miami
- Chauncey Billups says Carmelo Anthony will sign extension with Denver Nuggets
- New York Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire upset over hand injury
- Knicks’ Jeremy Lin Still Doubtful to Return During Jeremy Lin
- Atlanta Hawks battle the New York Knicks in Tuesday NBA Matchup
Leave a Reply
- Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics Close to Pulling Off Blockbuster Trade
- Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant Wants to Play At Least Two More Seasons
- Spurs’ Tony Parker Listed as Day-to-Day With Hamstring Strain
- Mike Wallace Turned Down $76 Million Offer from Minnesota Vikings
- Doc Rivers Expresses Interest In Joining Los Angeles Clippers
- Texans’ Ed Reed Says Tom Brady Slide Forced Hip Surgery
- Indianapolis Colts Agree To Terms With RB Ahmad Bradshaw
- Is Tim Tebow a contender for the backup QB role for the New England Patriots?
- Future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd Frontrunner for Brooklyn Nets Coaching Job
- Denver Nuggets Part Ways with Head Coach George Karl
- Adam: I agree with anyone that Lebron cannot be compared to Michael Jordan but when someone says he has not reached...
- a.rey: I appreciate your opinion, but I’m guessing you’ve never been to Virginia Beach. All you really...
- Matt: What rumor?? This is wild speculation on your part. Is there a source that has suggested this?
- Joe: Whoever wrote this isn’t very knowledgable. First off it’s Hasselbeck not Hasselback and he wanted...
- Ramon: The magic is got to do what is best for the magic.why should they care about were Howard wants to be,because...
- chase: We DO NOT want him back here in Memphis! We rode that ship for a long time and it has sailed long ago. We love...
- mathew: i hope he goes to rockets!
- May: How dare you label state this article as: “May be Forced to Retire if Not Granted House Arrest”. It...