Even if the Heat's effort was better on Friday night, chances of beating the red-hot Knicks, who were also playing with a big emotional boost, might have been slim anyway.
The New York Knicks made 19 of 36 three-point attempts on their way to a 104-84 clobbering of the Miami Heat on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Hot Hot Hoops' Mnelik acknowledges that the Knicks were red-hot, but still places some blame on the Heat for a subpar effort.
...maybe the Heat took this game off. Watching the game, you couldn't help but notice that the Heat appeared slow tonight. They just didn't have that sense of urgency and intensity that we're all so accustomed to seeing.
Miami certainly didn't play poorly on offense during the first half, connecting on 54 percent of its field goal attempts despite only scoring 44 points. However, the same couldn't be said about the Heat's second-half performance, in which they made just 13 of 35 shots from the field.
There's not too much shame in losing on the road to a pretty good team that gets an emotional boost. There were also some positives, as HHH pointed out, such as Rashard Lewis' 16-point effort that included 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the three-point line. In addition, Chris Bosh put up a double-double and LeBron James filled up the box score in his usual fashion.
The 1-1 Heat will try to bounce back at home against the 0-2 Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.