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For whatever reason, the New York Knicks have been a pain in the neck for the Heat and a tough matchup the entire season. The Knicks took the season series three games to one.
The Knicks three-point and long-range shooting is what has beaten the Heat. The Heat actually had more points in the paint in all four meetings, but the Knicks were able to make up the difference with three-balls.
In order for the Knicks to beat the Heat in the playoffs, they are going to have to continue to shoot the ball well from deep. Carmelo Anthony is playing as well as he has ever played in his career and he will need to keep it going into the season after the regular season.
Relying heavily on jumpers falling is usually not the recipe for success, but the Knicks have been able to use it throughout the season.
The injuries to Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler could severely hurt the already lack of inside presence the Knicks have. LeBron James and Chris Bosh could have a field day exploiting the Knicks issues down-low.
In order for these two teams to face each other in the playoffs, the Knicks will most likely have to go through the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers. Both are going to be no easy feat.
The Celtics are a veteran team that most teams would want to avoid, and the Pacers' physical and tough play has been a problem for the Knicks.
Right now you have to say the Knicks are the biggest threat to the Heat in the East because of the way they have played against them during the season and the way the Knicks have played down the stretch.