Do The Knicks Measure Up To The Heat?





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Twice already this season the New York Knicks showed themselves to be a worthy Eastern Conference adversary to the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat.

We’re not talking about some computer simulation or some theoretical conversation between smart guys at an analytics convention. This was flesh and blood work, the Knicks stroking the Heat twice (on Nov. 2 and again on Dec. 6) by 20 points each time.

In any other situation that would give the team with a 40-point cushion in the season’s first two matchups (the second time without their own MVP candidate Carmelo Anthony). But much has changed since that last meeting between these two outfits.

The Heat enter today’s game at Madison Square Garden (1 p.m. ET, ABC) riding the wave of the best stretch of basketball LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have played since joining forces in Miami. Winners of 13 straight games, the Heat we’ve seen recently don’t resemble the team the Knicks took apart at the start of this season.

Instead of waiting until the postseason to lock down, the Heat have tightened things up earlier this season. They are not only dominating the competition, they are serving notice nightly that they don’t believe anyone else in the league is on their level.

Bosh said it best, perhaps, while praising James after his rare off night (18 points on 4-for-14 shooting in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies) during recent tear. “He’s the best player in the world,” Bosh said. “But we have the best supporting cast.”

The Knicks have won three straight games themselves, but they’re not the same team they were in November and December, when they were raining 3-pointers from all directions and defending at the highest level.

Their 17-15 record since mid-December is indicative of a team that is barely better than average. They finished January with a 6-5 record and February with a 7-6 record, hardly the stuff of champions.

This afternoon’s test will shed more light on the Knicks’ recent struggles or provide them a stage to prove that their funk was momentary and that they are still capable of competing with the best of the best.

Surely, Knicks coach Mike Woodson has warned his crew that the Heat will show up looking to make a statement of their own. Not only are they still smarting from those two, 20-point whoopins they took earlier this season, they are intent on making sure the Knicks understand that things have changed.

“Absolutely,” Knicks All-Star center Tyson Chandler told ESPNNewYork.com. They know that we got them here and embarrassed them at their house, so we expect them to come here fired up,” Chandler said. “They’re the champs for a reason they’re not laying down for anybody. It should be a dog fight.”

A big dog picking on a little dog or two big dogs going at it?

We’ll know for sure this afternoon!

41 Comments

  1. @ sick-lmao-You poor knucklehead, i’m wide awake, i just know real balln & team play plus a fan of the game period! Damn right i’m die hard Celtics fan & i’m realistic, so realistically the Celts will do what i said! Since ur just a hater, ask any true fans of the game & even if their not Celts fans, they’ll say what i said is true. So stop smoking whatever your smoking! :)

  2. big man 7 foot 2 says:

    I think Indiana’s going to take out the heat , the heat have NO chance against the blue collar Indianapolis pacers , il’ll take the blue collar team over the self formed all star “superteam” any day of the week ,

  3. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    there is NO WAY that Knicks can Beat the Heat…
    Knicks must do:
    Trade Chandler to Howard….

    DWIGHT HOWARD & CARMELO ANTHONY team up can Beat the Heat…
    there is no other way….

  4. Celtics deep in the playoffs all day even w/o Rondo-doubt if u want-mark my words-nobody including miami want to face my Celts w/ or w/o Rondo!
    GO GET IT CELTS!!!
    CELTICS-HORAAH-UBUNTU!!!

  5. John says:

    Keep ur mouth shut up ok..stop crying nyk fans hehehehe heat all day

  6. james says:

    yes miami heat baby. .. .

  7. Bob M says:

    The Celtics (without Rondo) will give the Heat problems? I doubt it. Indiana has a big center, but they are not ready for prime time, yet. The Knicks will be the best test in the Eastern Conference.

  8. Bob M says:

    The Knicks have a good post presence, Miami does not. In the playoffs, it will he harder for the Heat to drive and run the ball. I still think that James and Wade are too good, the Heat have been together longer, and have the experience edge. The Knicks will be a challenge in a 7 game series, but smart money goes to Miami.

  9. Patty says:

    DO THE KNICKS MEASURE UP TO THE HEAT?

    NO, BECAUSE CARMELO DOES NOT PLAY FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. CARMELO IS LAZY & HE DOES NOT CHEER HIS TEAM MATES ON EVERY GAME. CARMELO IS A VERY SELFISH PLAYER.

  10. pattyM says:

    My cousin is the sports trainer for the knicks and he said that there is great talk that chandler and felton will be traded to the heat at the end of the season for miller, jones and howard. Apparently the deal is already done but they are just waiting for the end of the season. Miami looking good for next year:

    Felton
    Wade
    Bosh
    James
    Chandler

    Champs for sure!!

    • Big Euro says:

      B.S.

    • Silence I'll kill u says:

      Impossible, because nyk wil not give up their best interior D for shooters abd howard. They already have novak, kidd, smith.

    • Patty says:

      I DONOT BELIEVE NEW YORK KNICKS WILL BE THAT STUPID.

      HOWARD IS 40 YEARS OLD AND HE CANNOT PLAY WELL.

    • miamifan says:

      This could actually happen and I have heard whispers about it too. noah deserves a championship and he will only get it in Miami.

  11. Cheese says:

    I dont know, the Knicks dont seem to have that defensive intensity to match up against the Heat… The only teams in the east that could cause the Heat problems are the Celtics and Pacers

  12. Derrick Rose says:

    Heat won against Knicks! 14 win streak!!

  13. Dane of the Heat says:

    Well we won by 6 baby hahahahaha

  14. theholyspectator says:

    knicks were putting it in on the heat today, but the champion ego stepped in and miami came out strong from halftime and sealed the game, in a 7 game series i dont think any team can beat the heat, they are on a 14 game winning streak…you got ray allen who finally hitting big time 3s again, shane battier is sick and other role players are stepping up….and of course the big 3 doin what they do…heat are repeating…if they can beat the pacers during this win streak which is comin up soon miami no doubt is gonna win the title…and if they lose to em and the pacers have the sweep regular season…still dont matter they gonna win…just watch these guys play…its crazy

  15. Randy says:

    Not so Long as the NBA Commisioner allows Lebron to Punch Push and Maul opponents and tell the officials to not call foouls hell Im 56 and I can even play if I was allowed to do that

    • Victor Manoel says:

      I really hope you didn’t type this thinking about James’ HUGE AND CLUTCH block on Tyson Chandler! That was clean, LeBron went right on target.

      Anyway, I don’t feel James is allowed maul and push opponents, he’s a good defender indeed. But he, as some stars in the NBA, has the empathy from the referees.

  16. The Heat r going to win by 9

  17. ken W says:

    NYK win by 6!

  18. Drew says:

    the scary thing is the heat can beat anybody even when lebron has an off-night, which happens rarely. and an off-night for lebron means 18 pts 10 asts 8 reb. lol

    • Imad Akel says:

      yeah people keep saying “off-night” but seriously for any other player a near-triple double is a game night lol.

      If kobe got those stats and won the headline would be “lakers win behind kobe’s 18 10 8″ even if he shot 30%

  19. Davian says:

    We will see the star of a revenge. Miami and his King will rise to the occasion and continue their streak and show why they are the CHAMPIOOOOOOOOOONNSS

  20. Kennycashkuhn says:

    Any pro team can win on any given night, as we all well know, nonetheless they all don’t play we’ll in a 7 game series…. OOP’S we all know that as well!!!!

  21. Jim says:

    Heat ftw,both teams are not the same but one for the better and one for the worst.And last game we saw the heat beat the grizzlies even with James on an off-night.