Hoping for Knicks 99-93......Go Knicks
Hoping for Knicks 99-93......Go Knicks
Biggest game of the season IMO.
Winning this can put us on with the elite...top three team in the East behind Boston and Miami. I don't believe in Magic.
this is the real test right here
Lebron is bringing the Heat (4real). He is on fire and the fuel to his madness is all the negativity being thrown at him. He is playing his best Ball so far.
This is going to be another tough game, and if we get blown out again...I expect to see drastic changes in the not so distance future. The Knicks need another elite player or a couple of better upgrades at the SF and/or SG to be called a competitor. We are playing some good ball, but not championship ball. I want a team that can compete on the highest level...anything less is unacceptable.
and about the game, yea it would be great to just see the Knicks give it their all. That's all we can ask for as fans. Because this team is no where near elite status. We're basically still in rebuilding mode. So of course a game with three (2 1/2) superstars is gonna be a big test for us. I just hope we show effort for all 4 quarters and not 2 like the first game against the heat.
as for the second part, I don't think we can expect "championship ball" from the Knicks just yet. In my eyes, we are still rebuilding. I would say by the end of next season we will probably be at elite status, because by then this team will have enough experience playing together, as well as new players with better ability.
KNICKS - HEAT preview from NBA.COM:
LeBron James doesn't think the Miami Heat are out to make statements. The New York Knicks would like to make one of their own after failing to do so against the Heat less than two weeks ago.
Looking to build on his first triple-double since he last faced the Knicks, James will try to help the surging Heat beat New York for the seventh consecutive time Tuesday night.
Miami (23-9) has won 14 of 15 since a 9-8 start to the season. The Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 96-80 on Saturday, holding the two-time reigning NBA champion to 40.5-percent shooting.
Miami is limiting opponents to an average of 86.7 points over the last 15 games.
"We're not trying to make a statement to anyone," said James, who had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. "We're trying to show each other that we can play at a high level and try to get better every game.
"We never had that arrogant part where we thought we were bigger than everybody else, but we were just very confident before we did anything. To have that humbling experience at the beginning of the season has helped us."
The triple-double was James' third of the season and second in five games. The two-time reigning league MVP had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113-91 victory over New York (18-12) at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 17 - his first meeting with the Knicks since spurning them to join the Heat as a free agent in the offseason.
James is averaging 34.5 points, 7.7 assists and 7.5 rebounds in 11 games versus the Knicks since the start of the 2007-08 season.
The Heat have also dominated New York, winning six in a row by an average of 14.1 points. Dwyane Wade has been a big reason for that, averaging 35.8 points in those meetings while hitting 12 of 25 3-pointers. Wade had 26 points at New York earlier this month.
The Knicks have turned in a pair of impressive defensive performances since a three-game skid. Three nights after a 112-98 victory over Oklahoma City, they beat Central Division-leading Chicago 103-95 on Saturday. The Bulls and Thunder shot a combined 41.5 percent versus New York - 22.6 from 3-point range.
"We did a beautiful job defensively," the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire said. "We've been talking about defense now for the past - actually the whole year - but more so the past week about communicating, helping the helper, so it's really showing."
Stoudemire had 24 points and 14 rebounds in the last matchup with the Heat.
Knicks point guard Raymond Felton had 20 points and 12 assists Saturday. He'll seek to improve upon his performance against Miami from Dec. 17, when he made 3 of 12 shots and finished with eight points and 10 assists.
Felton has shot 29.5 percent from the floor, including 1 for 10 from beyond the arc, in his last four visits to Miami - all while playing for Charlotte.
nice thread KingPoet.... happy bday elcol.... lets stay strong second half tonight and pull out the W PLZZZzzz... metro right biggesttt gamee so farrr testingg point!!!!!!
I'm sorta hopeful, but I think we're gonna get another beat down. Miami is just too good. I will pray..
I hope the knicks come out with the win tonight.I expect it to be close up to the ending point(hopefully not a blowout ) Go knicks!