Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 5/10/12

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.

1:  Miami moves on

Give New York some credit, they kept it close for a little while.  Miami won by 12 and the game wasn't easy, but the series is over after five games and the Heat can now focus on the Indiana Pacers.  We'll save the New York analysis for later.  

The Pacers are an interesting matchup for the Heat when you consider they have a point guard that can be a big problem in Darren Collison and Roy Hibbert who, if he asserts himself, can give Indy two advantages.  If David West can negate Chris Bosh, then we get down to the LeBron/Wade vs. Granger/Paul George combo that, while clearly in Miami's favor, is enough to give you pause.  If LeBron or Wade have an off night and Granger/George get hot... well.... 

Look, I know Miami's the favorite over everyone they face.  I'm just saying Indy's going to give them a fight.  They'll win at least a couple of games... maybe three.  And the way things have been going this postseason... who knows?

2:  Clips hobbled, series continues

Take, for instance, the Clippers, who had a 3-1 series lead but couldn't close Memphis out, partly because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both got hurt.  CP3 sat with a strained hip flexor, and Griffin hurt his left knee.  Griffin came back to play, and the injury is being called a sprain, but anything that takes away from Griffin's athleticism is obviously an issue.  And considering the physical nature of this series and how often Griffin has hit the deck already, this is a concern for the Clippers.

With those guys not at 100%, the Grizzlies have a shot at coming all the way back.  Caron Butler is already playing with a broken hand and there's not a ton he can do to pick up their slack.  The Grizzlies may have caught a break.   Now let's see if they can take advantage of it.  

3:  HIGHLIGHTS!!!

Dwyane Wade finds a hole in the Knicks D and flushes it

Amar'e Stoudemire posterizes Joel Anthony

Blake Griffin gets his shoe torn open

4:  Line of the Night:  Marc Gasol: 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists

Yeah, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James had more points, but Gasol shot better and led his team in a huge elimination game.  The Grizzlies will need more of these games from him to take advantage of the Clippers being hobbled.  Memphis can withstand a tough shooting night from Rudy Gay or OJ Mayo if Gasol is getting his fair share of touches too.  If Memphis gets away from that, though, then they're in trouble.

5:  You can quote me on that

"The pain scares you most.  It's not because it hurts, it's because you don't know why."
    -Blake Griffin, on his knee injury 

"They're more polished than us now.  Executing, setting picks, hard cuts, getting out on transition, defensive assignments; they were just much more polished than us."
     -Tyson Chandler, on where Miami is vs. where the Knicks are 

“On top of all that, we don’t get any calls, which I know everybody always hears. But I’ll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. [Kevin] Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we’re athletic.”
     -Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon, Jr

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

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