Miami Heat vs New York Knicks Series Preview
By: Pedro Heizer
Game 3: Thur, May 3 in New York at 7:00 pm, TNT
Game4: Sun, May 6 in New York at 3:30 pm, ABC
Game 5: Wed, May 9 in Miami, TDB
Game 6: Fri, May 11 in New York, TBD
Game 7: Sun, May 13 in Miami, TBD
Season Series: Miami swept the season series from New York 3-0. Miami averaged 98 points per game, 47% from the field, and 44.3 rebounds compared to New York’s 87.3 points, 39% shooting and their 37.7 rebounds.
Players to Watch:
Carmelo Anthony – Back in the 2003 Draft, it was all about Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Now, nine years later Anthony has been in the backburner as Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are taking over the NBA. No doubt Carmelo is a electrifying scorer and is one of the best in the NBA, but will he be able to keep up this hot streak he’s on as the Knicks and Heat revitalize a historic rivalry, with a new twist.
Chris Bosh – Everyone forgets that Bosh is in Miami. People joke about Two and a Half men when talking about LeBron, Bosh, and Wade but the truth is Bosh is the most important player on this team. Bosh will have his work cut-out for him with Tyson Chandler but if Bosh can keep Chandler, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, at bay Miami will be moving on to the next round.
X-Factor – Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade probably presents the most challenges for New York, as the Knicks have All-Stars at both forward positions to attempt to cancel out the production of James and Bosh. In three games against the Knicks this season, all wins, Wade averaged 26.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Shumpert, Smith, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and whoever else New York throws at him will do their best, but the talent gap at shooting guard is massive.
New York hasn’t won a playoff game since April 29, 2001 at Toronto, they’ve been knocked out of the playoffs the last three times they’ve made it and Miami is on a mission. They are hungry and ready to erase that meltdown from the 2011 NBA Finals from their minds. New York will win their first playoff game in over 11 years but that’s about it.
Miami in 5