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Knicks/Heat- 5 Things

Posted By Jordan Lauterbach On Dec 29 2010 @ 2:48 am In New York Knicks | No Comments

It was almost like last week’s match-up between the two teams, except the complete opposite scenario. The Knicks were completely outplayed in the first half of Tuesday night’s loss to the Miami Heat, down by 24 at the half. But they climbed back into the game in the second half, cutting the lead to five with one minute go, only to fall in heartbreaking fashion.

Here are five things from the Knicks 106-98 loss to the Miami Heat.

1 This just in- The Heat are a much better team than the Knicks- I had a lot of Knick fans telling me in the last few days that they thought the Knicks would win this. That’s a fine opinion. Certainly a good first half last week against the super friends on the super team and the way New York dominated Oklahoma City could lead one to believe that the Heat were a beatable team.

In no way was last night a “bad” or “discouraging” loss because, I believe, expectations need to be tempered a little bit. Are the Knicks in that 5-7 seed range, capable of pulling of an upset of a team in that 1-3 range every once in a while? Absolutely. It was seen last week. But that isn’t to say that the Knicks are on the same level as teams like the Heat are.

 There is such a thing a middle ground between 28 wins and the best team in the conference (or second best, but did you see Miami on Christmas, looked better than both Orlando and Boston) ? That’s clearly where the Knicks are. And given the state of the league right now (specifically the east), that isn’t a bad thing.

 2 True – Grit– Point one being made, it’s still impressive how this team was still in it in the fourth quarter. For goodness sakes, they let up 34 first quarter points! This was an absolute snooze fest at the half, on the road against the best team in the East (that’s right). Just wait until this stretch of tough game after tough game comes to a close on Thursday night, this team will rattle off another big win streak.

 3. Free throws- Not only did the Knicks shoot 72% from the line, they missed some big free throws late. Landry Fields missed two of three with 1:30 left. This was huge. It would have been 100-97 had he made them all. Instead, it was 100-95, a large difference that late in the game. Toney Douglas also missed a free throw early in the quarter.

 4. Dwayne Wade kills New York again – My favorite portion of Wade’s line? He was only 1-7 from behind the arc. Still scored 40 

 5.Knicks three point shooting- Putrid. 7 for 24. That’s beginning of the season, haven’t found their groove yet type numbers. Gallo only 1-4 from behind the arc. Felton only 2-6. You can’t shoot like that and expect to beat the Heat.

 After all, they are the best team in the East, maybe the league.

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