May 3, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers (15) defends New York Knicks point guard Mike Bibby (20) during the second half of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Miami won 87-70. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks Can’t Play a Whole Game


The New York Knicks can’t play a full game

May 3, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) brings the ball during the second half of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden. Miami won 87-70. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

As I’m sitting here watching the final seconds of the Knick lose again to the Heat, my father walks down the stairs. He has been working for fourteen hours and is not even the slightest basketball fan. All he sees is the seventeen point loss on the screen and ask me

Nonchalantly:

“Wow, they got their ass kicked again?”

All I could sadly respond is “Yeah dad, they did”

What I really wanted to say was “Well they played a great first half, lead by six at half, took the MVP out of the game in the third and were only down by two to the best team in the East entering the fourth.”

He would have asked, “Well, what the hell happened?”

That is my question.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?!

Every casual fan who was too busy to watch the game tonight and picks up the paper tomorrow will see the box score and say to themselves “Yeah pretty much what I expected, the Heat are too good.”

They are right in the sense that the Heat are good, but if you watched this game you see that the Heat are beatable if you play a full game.

This has been the Knicks problem the whole series. They hang with the Heat in the beginning and the Heat always has the lead, but it is always in reach. The Knicks are always one run away. One hot streak of shooting. Couple of breaks here and there, turnovers by the other team, and my dad wouldn’t have said that.

Knicks played the best they can through three quarters. The Garden was rocking; the Heat, especially LeBron, couldn’t get in a rhythm, turning over the ball like he was a rookie point guard. The Garden crowd was clearly in his head throughout three.

Then the fourth quarter happened.

Miami showed to beat them you have to play all 48 minutes. Twenty-four or 36 minutes don’t give you the win, the whole game does. Dwyane Wade took over the third quarter, while LeBron James and Mario Chalmers took over the fourth.

Who did the Knicks have shooting for them in the fourth?

Landry Fields.

I have been saying this whole series the Knicks are one big run away from stealing a game. Now I will say the Knicks are one or two, maybe even three players away from being serious contenders in the East and to the Heat.

You have your scorer in Carmelo Anthony. You have your low post covered with Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler.

The rest? Fill in the blanks.

Hopefully next year this team after a long day of work when my father comes home and sees a Knicks playoff game on, he will say something different.

Something like “Wow, the Knicks really kicked THEIR ass tonight!


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