The Knicks sure do know how to lose in grand fashion. From the way the game was going in the beginning, I knew for sure that this game would come down to the final seconds. Boyyyy was I wrong! If the Knicks plan on winning, one person who can’t disappear in the action is Carmelo Anthony. In the first quarter Carmelo shot 0-7, went to the line 4 times, and ended the quarter with just four points. However he did manager to grab 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Now Carmelo wasn’t the only one who was missing, Stoudemire also ended the first quarter with a lousy four points. Our team leader seemed to be Baron Davis with 10 points, and that’s where the Knicks 18 points came from for the 1st quarter. Somehow the Knicks were able to keep a small 6 point deficit even though the Knicks shot 27% while the Heat shot 57%.
So the second quarter looked even worse. The Knicks were outscored by 17 points. Lebron seemed to be able to get all his shots down without a problem. He ended the half with 27 points, shooting 8-9 from the field and 11-14 that the line. The next person with the second highest points with Wade with 9, so yea you can say Lebron was single handedly destroying the Knicks in this game.
As for the Knicks, they played at an absolute disgrace!!!! The team committed 14 turnovers in the 2nd. Carmelo and Amare were again absent, with Melo adding 3 points in the 2nd and Amare adding ZERO! I don’t know what was going on in this game. Chandler and Shumpert were still scoreless, and the bench added just 10 points. I have no idea where the offense went. The team who were explosive at the 3 point line, with Carmelo being offensive monster did not show up. I’m thinking none of them decided to board the plane and just all decided to stay in New York. Also Tyson who was battling the flu, but decided to play seemed out of it the whole game. He looked tired and just plain ol’ sick. He committed 7 turnovers in the first half. He didn’t have any points and just 3 rebounds in the 13 minutes that he played.
Should I even continue…?? I’m only going to continue because the most horrible thing happened for the Knicks in the 3rd quarter. Six minutes into the third quarter, Rookie Iman Shumpert the Knicks defensive monster fell to the floor grimacing and holding his knee. After going to the doctor and getting test done, they concluded that Shumpert tore his ACL and will be out for 6-8 months. This has to be the most devastating news right now for the team. Iman Shumpert has been an influential player in the team’s defense, and without him it will be very hard to defend against the Heat.
Well back to the game, so the 3rd and 4th didn’t look any better. The Heat went on a 34-2 run in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. I don’t even know how I managed to watch the whole game, I just couldn’t give up on my boys! The team had a total of 27 turnovers… TWENTY SEVEN. 7 of them which came from the flu stricken center Tyson Chandler, and Melo and JR had 4 each as well.. Carmelo added just 4 more points in the 3rd and went scoreless after that. Stoudemire contributed just 9 points, 5 rebounds, oh and 1 assist in the 32 minutes that he played in. Melo and Amare combined were 5-22 from the field. If the Knicks intend to win this series, the two superstars must step up!