Final Score: Heat 102 – Knicks 91

Need to Know: LeBron James scored 38 points, Mario Chalmers added 15 and the Miami Heat survived a 3-point barrage from New York’s J.R. Smith on the way to dealing the Knicks’ playoff hopes a big blow with a 102-91 victory on Sunday.

Smith made a Knicks-record 10 3-pointers, on an NBA-record 22 attempts, and finished with 32 points.

Raymond Felton scored 14 for New York and Carmelo Anthony managed only 13, on 4 for 17 shooting.

Anthony had two points after halftime, while James had 22.

Amare Stoudemire scored 12 and Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for New York.


Game Ball: J.R. Smith, who was heaving up 3-pointers left and right, helping keep the Knicks in the game.


What’s Next: The Knicks play at the Raptors on Tuesday, a 7 p.m. game.




179 comments
knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Melo is not the problem. The FO and Woodson are the problem (FO that is pre Phil). He has been the warrior throughout and now that he is hurt folks want to desert him.

His bumazz coach should have the ballz to sit him if he was hurt but since he didn't develop the bench players who were better when the FIRST got here than they are now, he desperately displays Melo so the blame goes on the star player instead of him. Woodson has ZERO INTEGRITY or any redeeming qualities. He looks like an pothead bum in a bad suit and guys take up for him while trashing the one who has tried and fought for his team.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Knixtradumbazz is a racist who should off of this blog! He disparages Black people and calls people chimps. He doesn't deserve responses unless they are critical of his racist posts.

cole3244
cole3244

its the same old crew that either has their head in the sand or up melo's a$$, the problems are always woodson or the other guys but just give melo a decent supporting cast and the titles will roll in just like their dreams of the mvp, ecf, and other unattainable goals when the team is nothing but a collection one trick ponies of perimeter shooting, iso, and i team bb.

knicks fans used to know that bb is more than having a great game once or twice a week and playing hard at one end of the floor,  less dribbling, more ball movement, better spacing, passing to the open teammate, and the paint is not a no go zone are simple rules but to some simple minds here they are way above their pay grade or bb acumen.


we have already begun to see melo starting to break down physically and the future doesn't bode well for him as he gets older. 

i know he plays hard and all the other reasons the bb gods haven't been fair to the mvp in waiting, but as long as he is a one trick pony the knicks future looks as bleak as his unless phil does what he should and blows this train wreck up and starts over with players that actually believe bb is a team game and not an audition for the hof by putting up numbers that are irrelevant to the team concept or winning a title.


whatever phil does i hope it he throws the positive patsy's out with the bath water and the one trick ponies that are killing this team, they deserve each other.



Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

OFF TOPIC: Last weeks interview on S.A.S Show former player John Sally said with Phil on board as Prez he guarantees Knicks make it to ECF even without major change to the lineup!!!

frankieboy
frankieboy

Thats a wrap. Atlanta is playing with fire to hold on ...


Melo shoulder was obviously a big issue . 


Good Bye Woodson. 

johneco
johneco

That's it for this year folks.  So sad.


To the many of you who seem to be almost gloating that we lost, because it proved how right you were all the times you said that we svcked, I can only say I feel sorry for you.


Let's see what Phil can do.

metro555
metro555

Don't worry ya'll can watch the Nets in the playoffs...

lindro88
lindro88

Well, Atlanta did everything they could to let the Knicks pull away. I guess once they saw it wasn't happening, they got energized. That Atlanta/Cleveland game the other night had about 5 thousand people in the building. I guarantee they don't even sell out playoff games. Doesn't get worse than missing the playoffs, and not having a pick. Probably the first team ever to find themselves n this position. I can't recall a lottery team without a ticket.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

BTW F##ck Boy George and the Pacers for purposely losing to the Pacers in their own house.  I truly hope they don't come out of the East. How in the heck can you lost to ATL in your hoise when they haven't won there in quite some time and Indy needed the win to stay ahead of the heat?

I hope we never forget this and repay them at some pt ourselves. 



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

I had to work today and didn't get to the see most of the game until an hour ago.  We sure needed this game.  Once gain we are just too perimeter and not a smart team!  

For instance, at the end of the third qtr, There was nearly 13 secs on the clock and we were suppose to hold the ball for the last possession and Melo shot the ball instantly and didn't get back on defense while LBJ made a 3 pt play. 

As I've stated too may times, Melo is a great talent but he does dumb stiff on the court that hurts his team. Yet he usually get his stats and many see that as being proof that it's others that are problem. 

Also, JR took 22 3s.  YIKES!  22 of the 28 shots were 3s from him! YIKES again!



Josh Gabriel
Josh Gabriel

Okay, this season is practically over. So I have some things to say:


1. This season was incredibly frustrating.  

Anything that could go wrong, went wrong for the Knicks. There were some highs but this team felt like it hit rock bottom too many times.


2. There were some encouraging things. 

Carmelo Anthony was brilliant this season. He brought it every single night. Aside from his record breaking 62 point night, he is averaging nearly 10 rebounds, along with his 25+ pts per game. His assists are even up. Most of all, he his battling every single night on a team filled with players who take nights off.


3. Amare and JR showed me something these last few weeks. 

Both these players got off to slow starts. Amare was recovering from knee surgery. JR was recovering from knee surgery and was suspended the first 5 games. But this last month they have been huge for the Knicks and may have made this playoff push closer than it could have been.


4. With Phil in charge, I'm now excited for the future.

Before the Knicks hired Phil Jackson, it seemed that the Knicks organization didnt have a clue how they wanted to move forward. All they had was a bunch of cap space and a pipe-dream of players coming to the Knicks to join forces with Melo (Rondo, Love, Lebron?). Now, it seems that Phil Jackson has a plan for this team and he will make changes. 


Woody probably won't be back. Melo may or may not be back. But I'm excited to see changes this offseason. The Knicks have needs. They need guards who can defend the perimeter and attack the basket better. Will Phil convince Melo to come back? Is Steve Kerr the coach next year? Can Phil Jackson be that closer Pat Riley was in 2010 when the Knicks have cap space in 2015? Lots of questions, but I'm excited. And I'm quietly confident. 


Let's Go Knicks

JustKnowz
JustKnowz

Welp… that didn't go well… Lets see what the Yankees do!!

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Well Next Year it is..we're officially out of Playoffs 

it's been fun gents 

hopefully we'll make some good strides in Off-Season 

as for Playoffs i may just watch Baseball instead 

i can't really watch a Knick-less playoffs 


Kvdaone
Kvdaone

Melo screwed up the last 2 gms. Injury sminjury, who can we blame. Hope the basketball gods make Atl lose like 5-6 games lol

Anti_u
Anti_u

It really just hit me that we're not making the playoffs. Damn this sucks.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@cole3244 Yea it was the supporting cast and coach that made Melo shoot the ball with about 13 secs on the clock to end the 3rd qtr when we should have held it for the last possession.  He did this coming out of a timeout.

Then he fail to get back on defense on top of that while LBJ scored a 3 pt play on the other end.

Nice turning pt but don't put any blame on Melo because all you have to do being a so-called superstar is get paid max dollars, keep your scoring stats up and blame other miscellaneous things like your team winning, leadership and poor decision making on everyone else.

buddhabing
buddhabing

I heard he said it kidding around. Regardless with proper coaching and

minor additions I think this roster has talent enough to get a 2-4 seed for postseason next year.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@johneco Hey can Phil push the league to investigate Father & Son Hardaway's??? I swear some "PETE ROSE ISH" is going on with his play!!! I'm telling you right now let's trade his azz "ASAP" to the Cavs for Waiters!!!

tommy2b
tommy2b

@metro555  As a wise blogger once wrote "But I want to watch more than 4 games!!"

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes  

Looks like you are talking about Phoenix. Just for a what if, had they kept Gortat they might be at 50 wins.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@lindro88  You kidding?  Isiah had us missing the playoffs and giving up high picks like nobody's business.  And the most famous one of all was the Grizzlies trading for Otis Thorpe for what turned out to be the 2nd overall pick in the most loaded draft since 1984.  Laughably Dumars blew the pick on Darko.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@XpectTheWorst Yeah Biggie can ride along on the boat ride with Freido!  With our luck the bullet would just ricochet off his Helmet!

lindro88
lindro88

Maybe you haven't noticed how poorly Indiana has played. It started when they made that stupid, chemistry killing trade for Evan Turner. Look at Lance's game's before and after that trade. Pacers will hustle themselves through the 1st rd, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them get picked off before the ECF. Meanwhile 7/8 teams in the East will finish over 500. The Bulls and Raptors have very solid records. The East got better as the season moved along.

johneco
johneco

@Kvdaone They need to lose all 6 and we win all 4.  Not gonna happen.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@SheSaidSpikeWho  On ESPN Heat Grades (JR got an 'A'): 

"That sound you hear is J.R. Smith splashing another 3. This may go down as the most absurd 3-point shooting stretch we've ever seen. In the most J.R. Smith way possible, he jacked up a career-high 22 -- yes 22! -- 3-pointers and made 10 of them. That gives him 24 made 3s in his last three games -- the most in NBA history in any trio of outings. J.R. Smith lives for games like Sunday's."

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Knicks_Fanatic @Sandro Guedes  

Suns look fantastic with those 2-PG sets, and I even think they are alright 1 through 4 with Tucker/Green at SF and Markieff as a stretch-PF...they just could really use a Tyson Chandler type as a defensive anchor/roll man.  

I can't believe they've been this good despite their shortcoming at C. Even defense aside, I don't think their bigs are particular good screen setters either...

lindro88
lindro88

Trading lottery picks or high picks for players on draft day is different. I mean since the lottery, has a team missed the playoffs without having a 1st rd pick.

lindro88
lindro88

In the grand scheme, if it took a disaster like this to get Dolan to step away, it will be worth it.

Chris
Chris

@Knixtradamus  You should be the last on this post to talk about intelligent conversation, with your constant race baiting and monologue about one player being a one trick loser. You don`t deserve anymore then you receive on this post. . You should be the last to conjure any conversation about being thoughtful or intelligent. Start with your avatar and your degradation of members of this blog with your inane and racist remarks and you want to defer all that to say that others are the fault, nice try, but you are still a racist pig

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@tommy2b @lindro88  

You talking about the Stepien Rule?  Isiah had a pre-cursor who ran the Cavs in the 80s.  Stepien repeatedly traded 1st-rounders for role players  Some of these picks were used to land the following players:

- James Worthy

 - Sam Perkins

 - Derek Harper

 - Detlef Schrempf

 - Dennis Rodman

So the NBA said enough is enough with the Stepien Rule.  But that still wasn't enough to dissuade Isiah, lol. (And ironically, Isiah had a pretty decent eye for late 1st-round talent!)

lindro88
lindro88

Otis Thorpe was a good player in his day. The sad thing is Denver would still have made that trade if the Knicks insisted that the pick be lottery protected. No way they'd have squashed that big trade over the small chance the Knicks with Anthony, miss the playoffs.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@lindro88 Dude this is the whole reason the NBA instituted the "Isiah Rule" for GMs (you can't trade back-to-back 1st round picks).  He kept missing the playoffs and having no pick year after year continuously shooting himself in the foot.  And that Otis Thorpe trade was made in 1997 for a 2003 1st round pick.

Chris
Chris

@Mel Brown @Sandro Guedes @lindro88  What mind? He is the biggest troll on this site. Every post either has a blatant criticism or innuendos that rip the Knicks and more likely Melo. As I posted earlier, he and X and several others are totally redundant in their posts, get rid of Melo and everyone else is better off

Chris
Chris

@Sandro Guedes @xmenreturn @XpectTheWorst  You went one entire post without saying get rid of Melo, a new high for you. Were you old enough to want to be on the bandwagon to trade Pat every year too? You know how that turned out. Probably your Dad was on the crew that said Bernard is done get rid of him too when his rehab went slowly

Chris
Chris

@xmenreturn @Sandro Guedes  Huey and Dewey the bobbsey twins of hate. Why don`t you just combine monikers like the Louie and Bowie show or the Ernie and Bernie show, the punch and judy show, we could call you the hate and jealousy show