Knicks vs Heat Game One: The Miami Massacre
Knicks get demolished 100-67.
I don't know what to say. That performance was repulsive. I almost threw up watching that game. I feel embarrassed that I thought we even had a chance. None of the players came close to doing what I had hoped (see here). Obviously Tyson, dealing with the flu, wasn't himself. He looked like a blind giraffe out there. Apparently he also forgot how to set screens - you can't shove people, big guy. The refs, who were quick to the whistle, seemed to forget that this is the NBA Playoffs and not a ballet recital. But the fact of the matter is that the Knicks got blown out. Looked like they belonged in the D-League. I generally like to point fingers and blame certain people, but I don't have enough fingers to point. Everyone was awful.
It started with Carmelo, who couldn't buy a bucket in the first quarter. However, with him 0-7, the Knicks still found themselves down only 6 points. He was hustling for boards and playing D. I figured we had a chance to take a nice lead once he got going, but he never did.
Amar'e, as I should have expected, demonstrated why he's one of the softest players in the league. Don't be fooled by his big jams and blocked shots, he is soft as they come. Haslem had 4 offensive rebounds to Stat's 4 defensive rebounds, and Haslem played 13 less minutes. Didn't box out all game. Amar'e lacked aggressiveness attacking the basket and couldn't find his spot for jump shots, which may be at the fault of the guard play.
Shumpert did alright. Wade (19 points, 3 assists) did a lot of his damage after Shumpert left with a knee injury. That knee injury, however, could be crippling to the Knicks' chances of guarding Wade and LeBron.
Baron Davis started off great, we even saw a dunk out of the guy. But after limited minutes he finished with 2 assists and 3 turnovers, which simply won't cut it.
JR Smith was the JR that I feared he would be, chucking up bad shots, committing idiotic fouls and turnovers. Only God could keep this guy from an excessive shot count, we just have to hope he finds his groove before the series is over.
Novak was on his game, as expected. 2-2 from three. But other players have to get into the paint so defenders can't just shadow Novakaine all game, he's not athletic enough to get himself open.
EVERYONE has to step up their game SIGNIFICANTLY on Monday. I trust Melo will. Remember, he had a similar performance in Game 1 last year, which he followed up with 42 points the next game. Hopefully Tyson will be feeling better and get his head straight. Everyone else just needs to play smarter, it's as simple as that. Right now, it looks like the Knicks have no chance at winning this series, but keep in mind, it's one game.