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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Feb 28 2011 @ 3:18 am In Miami Heat | No Comments
Hubie Brown said it, not me. The Miami Heat suffered an embarrassing loss at home to the New York Knicks on Sunday night. The Knicks were able to rally from several deficits to beat the Heat 91-86. For Miami, this night was supposed to be about quieting the Knickerbocker fans that were in attendance, very excited about their new toy; Carmelo Anthony. Instead, the Heat looked very good at some points during the game, but ultimately let Melo, Stoudamire, Spike Lee, and the rest of the New York faithful walk out with their chest out. The Knicks didn’t win this game as much as Dwyane Wade and the boys lost it, and there is plenty of blame to go around.
The three-point shot. The Heat took too many and barely made any. They were 6-22 from downtown. If you watched the game it seemed like the team put up 40 shots from behind the arc. Miami has the two best players in the NBA at penetrating and creating opportunities, but after the first quarter, the Heat offense looked stagnant most of the time. Even the ESPN crew commented on how the Miami players seemed lethargic on offense. I’m not sure if the Heat thought it was just going to smush the Knicks on Sunday, but they certainly looked flat at times.
At the end of the second, third, and fourth quarters, Miami allowed New York to make a run. It ultimately cost them the game. The Heat had a 15 point lead towards the end of the second quarter. The Knicks went on a 16-0 run to end the half. The rest of the game followed that pattern. Miami would start to build a lead, then, as assistant coach Bob McAdoo pointed out, the team would start looking for the knockout punch as they began hoisting threes. When the Heat missed, however, New York was able to climb back into the game. This loss for the team from South Beach was more about mistakes and missed opportunities then it was about the Knicks beating them.
There are however, some big question marks that were highlighted during this game. Does LeBron James suffer from tunnel vision. As I have watched this season, he has repeatedly refused to change his course of action during a play. I simply mean that once Bron has made up his mind to drive, that’s what he does. He doesn’t even seem to look around for another option, no matter how many guys are defending him. Just observe his last shot against the Knicks, which was blocked. If James has his mind set on passing, that is what he will do. Chris Bosh had a very solid double-double, while D3 struggled overall, but none of the big three really cost the Heat the game. Miami lost as a team. There is no other way that they could hold the Knicks to under 40% shooting, 91 points for the game, and still lose. If Miami plays New York again this season, it will be in the playoffs. We can all rest assured that it will be intense, if it happens.
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