The first three games of the first-round playoff series between the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks were no contest. Even though the Knicks threatened to get back into the series in Game 3 in order to avoid going down 3-0, the Heat still prevailed and took a commanding lead.
In Game 4, the Knicks were able to get Amar’e Stoudemire back on the floor and had a solid chance of getting their first win in the playoffs since 2001. Fortunately, the storied NBA franchise was able to get back on track by barely edging out the Heat in the fourth quarter. A missed last-second shot by Dwyane Wade in the fourth prevented the sweep and gave the Knicks hope moving forward.
Obviously, at this point in time, the Knicks chances of winning this series are pretty slim. The Heat is without a doubt the better all-around team and should advance after Game 5 or 6. With that being said, New York being knocked out of the NBA playoffs is just a matter of time.
Even though the Knicks were able to get their first win in the playoffs on Sunday, it didn’t come without a cost. During a fast break, veteran Baron Davis was driving to the hoop and fell down just short with a dislocated kneecap on his left leg. This injury resulted in a torn ACL and MCL.
Throughout most of his career in the NBA, Davis has been injury prone and unable to finish seasons due to multiple problems with his knees and his back. Earlier this season, Davis was unable to get on the floor for the Knicks until the second half of the regular season with back issues.
With this gruesome knee injury, Davis’ career in the NBA may very well be over. There’s a chance he’ll return, but it remains to be seen whether or not the veteran point guard wants to go through another long healing process.
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