Miami Heat 104 New York Knicks 94: Knicks Down 0-2 After Failing to Extinguish Heat

How does a team that was just handed a humiliating 100-67  loss on national television prepare themselves to come right back to the grisly crime scene where they were just violently destroyed so they can give their clearly superior foes another crack at abusing them? What kind of adjustments can be made to correct the issues that helped them crawl down into a 33 point hole in such a crucial game? If anything says “We don’t belong here,” it’s certainly that kind of rubbish performance. Monday night was proof that it will serve us well to stick with this one through its entire duration.

Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts next to New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

These New York Knicks were hell bent on proving to the world that they are not a team that’s going to be decimated by 33 points routinely, and that’s exactly what they did. They brought more energy and determination onto the court and proved that if Miami wants to beat them they are going to have to beat them by 10 points; no more 30+ point laughers. Way to go, boys.

The Miami Heat continued their hot play this post-season as they took everything New York threw at them before finishing them off en route to a 104-94 victory. Dwayne Wade led the Heat with 25 points, while Chris Bosh and Lebron James contributed 21 and 19 points respectively. James made sure to fill other areas of his stat-line, too, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out nine assists.

Despite the deflating loss, the Knicks showed some guts in their effort this time around. Carmelo Anthony responded to the criticism of his lackluster game 1 performance by racking up a game high 30 points. Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 7 boards, 6 of those actually came on the offensive end of the court. It was nice to see Baron Davis enjoy a solid performance of his own with 12 points and 6 assists. Of course we cannot forget the man of the hour himself, Amar’e Stoudemire. He definitely left his imprint on this game – as well as the now-infamous hallway fire extinguisher – by chipping in 18 points and pulling down 7 boards. His biggest play of the night won’t show up in any stat sheet though, I’ll get to that in a minute.

New York did a commendable job of responding every time Miami attempted to shift gears and pull away from them. The Knicks stayed more or less within striking distance for the better part of three quarters, but a barrage of Lebron James directed offensive firepower to close out the third period would prove to be the proverbial dagger. The Heat led 78-69 at the opening of the fourth period. The Knicks would never get any closer than that.

The Heat did what they were supposed to do as time expired and their 104-94 victory became official. The teams went through their post game motions before heading back to their respective locker rooms just like any other game. This story should have ended already but oddly enough, it was far from over. Leave it to the boys from Broadway to dazzle us with a flair for the dramatics.

By now I am sure you have heard the details of this strange development over and over again, so I won’t delve too deep into them. As Amar’e Stoudemire made his way back to the visitors locker room of the American Airlines Arena he apparently had some sort of altercation with a fire extinguisher. He reportedly punched the fire extinguisher and suffered a laceration on his hand as a result. This injury is rumored to be serious enough to keep him out of game 3.

Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire (1) reacts during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Much is being made of Stoudemire’s selfishness and how it may have very well cost The Knicks their season. Normally I wouldn’t see a purpose in dignifying such absurd statements with a response, but I am in a jolly mood so I will state the obvious for anyone who needs assistance. If you want to get down and dirty into it, you can dig up the statistics that suggest the Knicks perform better without Amar’e and you can try to make sense of how and why that is. If you don’t like wasting time and energy on pointless drivel then I wouldn’t suggest that method. Instead, just turn to my good friend, logic. The Knicks were annihilated by 33 points in game 1. Then they put up an admirable fight and still lost by double digits. If you think the absence of Stoudemire for a single game is what will keep the Knicks from making a series of this then I would strongly suggest you make an appointment to have your head examined.

If you are a Knicks fan and you are looking for a positive to take away from this game, I think I can help you out. When was the last time Amar’e attacked the glass like that? I got jokes. It appears the entire internet does too though. What kind of dramatics await us in game 3? We will find out May 3rd on TNT.