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New York Knicks: With Anthony, Stoudemire and Billups, Who Takes the Last Shot?

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New York Knicks: With Anthony, Stoudemire and Billups, Who Takes the Last Shot?
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Suspend reality, replace it with science fiction for a minute and switch places with Mike D'Antoni.

You are the head coach of the New York Knicks. It's Game 7 of the first round against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami is up 102-100 with 30 seconds remaining. Chris Bosh bricks an 18-footer, and Ronny Turiaf out-muscles Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the rebound. He outlets to Chauncey Billups, who crosses midcourt, runs to an official and calls a timeout at the 28-foot line.

Twenty-three seconds are left, and the shot clock is turned off. You pat Turiaf on the back for a great rebound, and call Shawne Williams off the bench in an offense/defense switch. The Heat are sending out Bosh, Mario Chalmers, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Joel Anthony.

What do you do? Make the right call, and you're a genius who led a team that defied expectations in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Make the wrong call, and you stay a card-carrying member of a group of successful coaches who could never win the big one.

The following slides present all five options, a conclusion and what the Knicks should do if they find themselves in a do-or-die situation, using the Heat as an example.

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