Knicks vs. Heat: Highlights, Twitter Reaction and Analysis for Game 2

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterApril 30, 2012

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts up Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs  at American Airlines Arena on April 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It wasn't quite on the same level as their Game 1 blowout, but the Miami Heat once again easily handled the New York Knicks at AmericanAirlines Arena in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series, winning 104-94.

Carmelo Anthony fueled the Knicks with a great game, as he scored 30 points and pulled down nine rebounds. However, they just couldn't contain the Heat defensively. Miami shot better than 52 percent from the field.

Here's a look back at what this game was all about.

UPDATE: Amar'e Stoudemire reportedly injured himself after the game when he punched a fire extinguisher in frustration on his way to the locker room.


Tweets of the Night

Sports blogger extraordinaire Gus Ramsey did not approve of Carmelo Anthony's defense in Game 2:

Carmelo Anthony is to getting back on defense what Angelina Jolie is to eating. It happens, but not nearly enough

— Gus Ramsey (@GusRamsey) May 1, 2012

Condescending Wonka wasn't crazy about Steve Novak's defense:

Oh, Steve Novak is in the game? It must really be time for the Knicks to bear down on defense.

— Condescending Wonka (@SportWonka) May 1, 2012

Bleacher Report NBA lead writer Ethan Strauss pondered whether or not blatant flopping might be a good thing for LeBron:

What if better flopping enables LeBron to win a ring? Can't remember anybody giving that advice

— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) May 1, 2012

Good point, but I doubt people are going to stop complaining anyway. Because, you know, blame it on LeBron.

ESPN pitched in some slightly more obvious LeBron analysis:

FACT: It takes more than slap fouls to slow down LeBron James.

— ESPN (@espn) May 1, 2012

To which I say: O RLY?

Leave it to a New England guy to give the Knicks a proper ripping. Here's this from golf star Keegan Bradley:

Watching this heat v knicks series is such a waste of time.The Knicks are terrible!#celtics

— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) May 1, 2012

He's not wrong, you know.


Must-See Highlight

Check out LeBron throw down on a fast break just before the half:

For every epic win, an epic fail. Here's Dwyane Wade whiffing on a wide-open dunk:


Grades for Key Knicks Players

Carmelo Anthony: B+

'Melo didn't play great defensively in Game 2, but he deserves points for scoring a game-high 30 points on 12-of-26 shooting. He also pitched in a team-high nine rebounds.

He can't do it all himself, but he's trying.


MIAMI, FL - APRIL 28:  Forward Amar'e Stoudemire #1 (R) of the New York Knicks shoots over Forward Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern  Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs  on April 28, 2012 at the American Airines
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Amar'e Stoudemire: C+

Amar'e Stoudemire was on the floor for 41 minutes in Game 2, yet he could only manage 18 points and seven rebounds. He hasn't been an impact player this season, and that tendency is alive and well in the postseason.


Grades for Key Heat Players

LeBron James: B+

LeBron didn't have an excellent game. At least, not by his usual standards. He scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, adding nine assists and seven rebounds. Naturally, he also played very good defense.

Not a great LeBron game, but a pretty good one.


Dwyane Wade: B+

D-Wade led the Heat with 25 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the floor. He also added four rebounds, four assists, a pair of steals and a block.

I would give him a better grade, but that missed dunk, dude...


MIAMI, FL - APRIL 30: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat posts up Landry Fields #2 of the New York Knicks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs  at American Airlines Arena on April 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE
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Game MVP: Dwyane Wade

LeBron had a very good game, but the game MVP has to go to D-Wade. He was far more active in Game 2 than he was in Game 1, and the Knicks basically didn't have an answer for him. Wade was all over the place.


What's Next

Game 3 is slated for Thursday in New York at Madison Square Garden. The game will tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Heat won in their only trip to New York this season back on April 15.

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