Originally written on Cuzoogle  |  Last updated 5/2/12

I am not the first to say it and I will see if I am right tonight when the Knicks and Heat move to MSG. The Knicks are a better team without Amare Stoudemire. It really does not make sense from a talent perspective but this is a true case of addition by subtraction.

Just think back a few weeks when the Knicks were on a roll. Carmelo was the man and putting up big numbers and hitting game winners. Why? Cause he was the man. No Amare, no Lin, just Melo wall-to-wall. Yes the team was playing well around him but Carmelo was the reason.

I admit, that when Mike D’Antoni got canned, that I blamed Anthony 100% but he went a long way to prove me wrong once Mike Woodson took over. He has gone back to one of the most dominant offensive players in the league.

Now the path has been cleared again. Tonight is the Knicks season. The stage is Madison Square Garden and the Heat are ready to put this thing almost out of reach.

The first two games have been about circus stuff and drama, not so much about basketball.

Tonight, expect the Knicks to give it all they got. The scary part is however, the Heat will do the same. LeBron James is unstoppable and even more so when you get a foul for just looking at him the wrong way.

Just for the pure enjoyment of hoops, I want the Knicks to win a few games and make the series dramatic. I also don’t like the fact that the East is opening up for the Heat to just cruise to the Finals.

Come on Carmelo, show us what you got. Let’s put this Amare punching thing behind us. Feed off Tyson Chandler getting his Defensive Player of the Year award before tonight’s game. Let’s at least make the Heat worry a little bit.

Then if all goes well, Linsanity is back for Game 4 and you never know what that can bring.

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