Early on in the season, it looked as if the New York Knicks would be contenders to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, especially after blowing out Miami twice en route to an 18-5 start to the season.
But since that time things haven’t been the same for either team.
The Knicks have been banged up and have gone only 22-20 over the course of their past 42 games, leaving serious doubts that the Knicks can beat any team in a seven game series, much less the defending champions.
The Heat on the other hand are in the middle of a historic run, winning 24 games in a row, looking like a team that can’t be beat by anyone in the NBA in a playoff series.
Add New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing to those impressed by what the Miami Heat are doing these days, as the Hall of Famer told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor that he doesn’t feel the Knicks luck will be any better this postseason than it has over the past four decades.
“I don’t think anybody’s good enough to beat Miami,” Ewing told ESPNNewYork.com. “Miami’s on a roll; you’ve got three bona fide superstars on that team who are used to playing with each other, who are playing at a very high level. I don’t think anybody right now can challenge Miami in the East. I don’t really think anyone can challenge them in the West, either.”
Ewing, who made his debut as a postgame analyst on the MSG Network, said that he initially felt the Knicks could take down the Heat this season, but no longer feels that way, also telling ESPNNewYork:
“When I looked at that team on paper, the duo of Amar’e and Melo, I liked it a lot as an inside-outside punch,” Ewing said. “Even though they were both similar in a lot of ways where they both need the ball, I thought you could post Amar’e up, you could run pick-and-roll, you could hit him on the dive. And Melo can shoot the long ball, put it on the floor, and you could also post him up.”
“I thought it was good, but then it’s about the pieces you put around them. I like the team. It’s just unfortunate that Amar’e got hurt, and then when you’re playing in New York, everything is put under a microscope.”
The injuries have been a factor, but not the entire factor in what has become a mediocre team the last few months.
There is still time though for this Knicks team to put things together and make a playoff run, but as much as I would like to disagree with Ewing, I have to agree that things aren’t looking very positive for Mike Woodson’s team right now.
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