The New York Knicks can officially tank the season because mathematically they’re out of the playoffs after the loss to the Miami Heat.
- New York Knicks 88 (28-47)
- Miami Heat 105 (37-38)
- NBA, Final, Box Score
- Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City
Without Derrick Rose (sore knee), New York had problems on the offensive end. The Knicks scored 88 points on 37 percent shooting. “Let’s Go Heat” chants were actually echoed from the Garden crowd.
New York has not won back to back games since December 23. The Knicks clinched their fourth straight season of not making the playoffs. Miami was too much for the Knicks. New York couldn’t get anything going on offense. Carmelo Anthony held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season and since 2012. He ended the game off with nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Goran Dragic perfected the pick N roll tonight. He operated the offense flawlessly. Dragic was slicing and dicing the defense. He flirted with a triple-double today, he had 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.
A plus you can take away from this game is that Willy Hernangomez played great defense. Hernangomez was matched up with one of best centers in the game. The rookie held Hassan Whiteside to 11 points and nine rebounds. Hernangomez has had his struggles on defense as of lately, but tonight was one of his best efforts.
This loss was good for the tank. The Knicks currently have the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
The Knick Of The Night: Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis was the only Knick to show heart and toughness in the game. Porzingis scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Since Porzingis said, he needs to “play better” after the Utah Jazz game he put two straight games of 20-plus points.
Stat Of The Night: Carmelo Anthony Scoreless Half
Anthony went 0-for-7 in the first half of the match. This game was Carmelo Anthony‘s first time this season not scoring any points. He ended the game off with nine points.
Other than on the court, Joakim Noah started his 20 game suspension on Wednesday. According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Noah is cleared to play. The supplements were used to help him support his nagging injuries. The anti-drug Noah used was Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033.
On Tuesday, ESPN came out with their annual front office rankings and the New York Knicks were ranked last in the NBA. On Wednesday, ESPN panel went out with their yearly rankings on head coaches and as you expected Jeff Hornacek were rank 29th. On Thursday, they will break down the rankings of team presidents and GM’s.
The Knicks opponent head coach Erik Spoelstra was ranked fourth in the NBA. Spoelstra is the most underrated head coach in the game right now. He has a regular season win-loss record of 435-279 and a playoff WL record of 70-43.
Spoelstra is a two-time head coach champion. Additionally, he led this Miami non-talented squad to a record of 36-38 and currently in the playoff picture. The Heat started the season 11-30.
The New York Knicks had a reunion for the 1984 team on Wednesday. The Knicks reporters couldn’t keep quiet about asking questions on the ball club.
Former Knick Bill Cartwright thinks it’s ‘preposterous’ to think the Knicks’ issues is the triangle. He told Ian Begley of ESPN that the biggest problem is the defense.
Bill Cartwright thinks it's 'preposterous' to think the Knicks' issues stem from the triangle offense: pic.twitter.com/ocbnHXLoWc
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 30, 2017
Former Knick Bernard King told Begley that he’s disappointed in the Knicks organization because they did not surround Melo with players that can help him win a championship.
“I’m just dissapointed that he hasn’t had the chest around him that really would take him to the next level and meet that desire of winning a championship.”
Hornacek revealed the veterans play in the final seven games. However, their minutes will reduce. Additionally, the rookies will get more playing time.
Hornacek makes it sound as if vets will still get minutes in the final games of the year but young players will get some more playing time
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 30, 2017
ESNY’s Matthew Castillio told us the proper way of rebuilding the Knicks. He believes that New York should rebuild by drafting players. The youth moment is the correct way to do it for the team future.
ESNY’s Chip Murphy let us know which draft prospects stood out the most during the NCAA March Madness. Murphy analyzed some of the Knicks realistic draft picks from their tournament play.
Jeff Hornacek said he expects Rose to return tomorrow.