(Editors Note: Check out last night's LBE to get a true sense of the frustration which accompanied the dubious distinction of our playoff losing streak record. Fanatics welcome our new reporter Y. Scott who will provide us recap commentary. I htink he has one more game to comment on this season.)
After being shellacked by the Heat at home, the Knicks are now distinctively known as the team which has lost thirteen straight playoff games, an NBA record, after losing to Miami in Game 3. Last night the Heat took firm grip of the playoff series with an 87 – 70 victory in Game 3, to lead the series 3 – 0 and will be looking for the sweep on Sunday.
The Knicks were without three starters but were still able to bring a stern defense that was lacking in the previous games. The Knicks were playing their best basketball of the series but only led by as much as four points going into halftime and by as much as eleven points the entire game.
What made the victory more impressive for the Heat was the fact that LeBron had to sit on the bench early in the 3rd quarter due to foul trouble. This led to the emergence of Dwayne Wade to take control of the game, giving Miami the lead and they never looked back. The Knicks were limited to eight field goals the entire second half and James ended the 4th quarter with 17 points. The entire game was a dogfight, full of physicality and lack of offense from both sides.
The Knicks played some commendable basketball; when Carmelo Anthony is jumping for loose balls you know the Knicks gave it their all. Carmelo shot 7 of 23 for 22 points in a losing effort. The Knicks were simple outclassed by a much better team last night and for the entire series. I am a fan of the Knicks but the same storyline is expected come Sunday.