Too legit to quit
Facing a sweep, the New York Knicks won their first playoff game since 2001 by beating the Heat in game four at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony put the team on his back and had a great game to extend the season. After loads of criticism about his playoff win loss record brewed for a couple days, the Bully came through and put one in the win column.
Anthony had 41 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl.
Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have finally won a playoff game for the first time since becoming teammates.
Stoudemire bounced back from his self-inflicted fire extinguisher glass hand injury and had a better game than I was anticipating. He had a double-double with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.
The game went back and forth until Anthony put the Knicks on top with about a minute left with the huge clutch 3-pointer and the Heat threw the ball away with a backcourt violation. The Knicks were up four before LeBron James got an and one bucket to get them to within one. Stoudemire then hit one of two at the stripe to put the Knicks up 89-87 with 13.2 to play. Wade threw up an ugly brick and the Knicks won the game.
Even in victory the Knicks managed to take a loss as Baron Davis suffered one of the most brutal looking knee injuries that I have ever seen and had to be taken out on a stretcher. This is the second guard New York has lost for the series to a knee injury along with rookie Iman Shumpert.
This is particularly sad because it could be the last time Davis ever plays basketball. We can only hope that it’s one of those injuries that looks worse than it really is. At 33-years-old and riddled with injuries, you have to wonder if retirement is in his immediate future. Mike Bibby is now the Knicks starting point guard for the rest of the series. Hopefully Jeremy Lin can make his return to the lineup after being out with his own knee injury.
The Knicks face the never before done task of trying to win four straight to comeback from a 0-3 hole, but never say never.