New York Knicks Show They Are a Playoff Team Without Carmelo, Beat the Heat
After starting off the game utterly terrible from beyond the arc, two clutch three pointers in the end of the game really solidified the victory tonight.
Great play from Amare Stoudemire (24 points), Danilo Gallinari (20) and Landry Fields (19) led the Knicks, as well as great play off the bench from Shawn William's 11 points and surprisingly great defense on LeBron.
They showed that they could enter the playoffs as a six seed and potentially shake things up a bit and hopefully get by with an upset in the short series.
Aside from Dwyane Wade (34 points), who seemed to be scoring at will, the Knicks did a great job at containing defense. The only problem was that the Knicks couldn't seem to find a basket early on in the game; usually the opposite story for them.
LeBron looked pretty terrible, he did score a lot (24 points), but he was only 7-24 from the field. Also, as the commentators noted many times throughout the TNT broadcast, he would hold on to the ball too long and disrupt the Heat's offensive momentum in an attempt to get the one-on-one advantage to the hoop. As you can see, that didn't work out too well for him.
After the six-game skid for New York, it seemed almost inevitable that they would pull the trigger on the Carmelo deal in an attempt to salvage their season. However, the team has shown that they can pull themselves back into the mix without a new star, and it may work out for the better.
The Knicks should be able to fair alright for the remainder of the season and hold on to the six seed in the East and then just see what happens in the playoffs. Then in the summer, give Melo what he wants and get him on the team. Find a true center, and then they'll be even better than they have been this year, and more like a three seed.
A team consisting of Amare, Melo, Felton, Fields and a center like Marc Gasol, is a better overall team than what the Heat currently have, in my opinion. Both teams would have two All-Star starters, but in the Knicks case, Melo and Amare would be a better duo because they compliment one another and are two different playing styles and positions, whereas LeBron and Wade are essentially the exact same player like Wade and LeBron.
That whole karma thing doesn't seem to be working out for LeBron too well.
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