Originally written on Basketball Bicker  |  Last updated 4/24/15

The New York Knicks—more like the Jekyll and Hyde Knicks—lost to the Miami Heat by 11 points on Sunday, 102-91. That puts them 1.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the eight and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks still have a chance to make the playoffs, but with the way they have played this season, no one can know. It’s appropriate that the Knicks are referred to as the “Jekyll and Hyde” Knicks because of their up and down, side to side, ugly/beautiful playing style. They have beaten the elite teams in the NBA, but have also been flat-out embarrassed by some of the worst teams in the NBA. As for today’s game against the Heat, the Knicks got off to a fast start, in part because of LeBron James‘ uncharacteristically bad start to the game—four turnovers in the first couple of minutes. However, as the game went on, the Heat started to play like the Heat and unfortunately, the Knicks started to play like the Knicks. What I mean when I say that the Heat started to play like the Heat, is that they started to move the ball on offense and play great defense. The Knicks started to play like the Knicks because they would literally have one player with the ball, and the other four players would stand around and basically suck their thumbs. I mean, who can the Knicks possibly beat with that style of offense. New York asks way too much of Carmelo Anthony—by the way they way things have gone this year, I won’t blame him if he leaves after this season. The Knicks need to move the ball around on offense. If they are able to do so, then they’ll be able to get more open looks, and will have the defense off balance because of the ball movement. And it’s because of ball movement that they will be able to drive to the basket, because the opposition’s defense is more likely to break down. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case today, as the Knicks often stood around on offense and rarely moved the ball. The Knicks became heavily dependent on jump shots. The problem with shooting too many jump shots is that there will be longer rebounds, and longer rebounds can mean that the opposition will be able to get out in transition faster and shoot higher percentage shots. Part of the reason the Heat were able to get back in the game is because their defense began to play at a higher level, and as a result they were able to get out in transition, and the Knicks didn’t look like they made an effort to get back on defense. Part of being a good defensive team is being able to get back on defense, so that teams can’t get easy baskets on the other end. Then when the Heat began to play better on the offensive end, the Knicks were unable to keep on the defensive end. Miami played the style of offense that the New York didn’t play. The Heat started to move the ball on offense, and as a result they were able to get better shots on the offensive end. Now granted the Heat have the best player in the world, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for a team that is trying to make the playoffs. Especially when earlier in the week, Tyson Chandler stated that the Knicks would be trouble if they got into the playoffs. The way the Knicks are playing, the only trouble they would be or cause is being able to keep their TV ratings up. The Knicks often didn’t communicate on the defensive end—especially in the second half—and because of this, Ray Allen was able catch the ball, say hi to fans in the stands, and then shoot the ball before a Knicks player was even in the same zip code as him. Ray Allen is the greatest three-point shooter in NBA history, one would think that if there is one man that can’t be left open around the three-point line, it would be Ray Allen. The Knicks were able to stay in the game because of J.R. Smith’s superb shooting and because of their size on the offensive glass. The Heat didn’t have a significantly tall man that could rebound—Chris “Birdman” Andersen or Greg Oden—their tallest player was Chris Bosh, who is 6’10″. The Knicks have to be able to recognize that the Heat don’t have a big shot-blocker—besides LeBron—so they should attack the basket. I mean, get the Heat players in foul trouble, play inside out. The Knicks should have tried to play old-fashioned, big boy basketball. However, because the New York Knicks didn’t do that, they were beat handily, and now face more pressure to make the playoffs. Good lord, this team is an absolute joke! The post New York Knicks (91) vs. Miami Heat (102) Recap, Analysis appeared first on Basketball Bicker.

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