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    Game Thread #40- Heat vs. Knicks









    Miami Vs. New York


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    Reeling Knicks face tall task in cooling off Heat




    For a brief time in December, it looked like the New York Knicks might be able to do their part to make a renewal of the franchise's playoff rivalry with the Miami Heat a reality.

    But another extended skid for the Knicks has all but ensured another campaign in which the Heat only visit New York in the regular season.


    The reeling Knicks will host the Heat for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon, when the old Eastern Conference rivals face off at Madison Square Garden.

    Both teams were off Saturday after losing in New York on Friday. The Knicks dropped a 123-111 decision to the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Heat were edged by the Brooklyn Nets, 117-113.

    The loss was the fifth straight for the Knicks and continued undoing the good will and progress they'd built by winning six of 10 games from Dec. 11-Jan. 1. That was enough to get long-suffering fans to begin daydreaming of a run at one of the final playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.

    The Knicks haven't made the playoffs since 2013. They haven't moved beyond the second round since 2000, which was the fourth straight year in which New York and Miami bitterly battled each other in the playoffs.

    But reality has returned for the Knicks, who lost their last three games by a combined 66 points.

    New York, which went 0-4 on a Western Conference road trip prior to returning home Friday, has played its last two games without its leading scorers, Marcus Morris Sr. (neck) and Julius Randle (personal).

    "Get guys back healthy, get back in the swing of things," Knicks forward Taj Gibson said Friday night. "The road trip was tough. I've been telling guys these last couple of days to regroup. These games are going to happen through some parts of the season. Just got to weather the storm, especially with the number of guys we've got down."

    Despite the loss to the Nets, the Heat are positioned to make what used to be a familiar trip to the playoffs.

    Miami, which has missed the postseason three times in five years since ending a streak of four straight NBA Finals appearances, enters Sunday second in the East behind the Milwaukee Bucks.

    The Heat haven't lost back-to-back games all season and are likely to be doubly focused after a second-half collapse Friday. Miami fell to 10-10 on the road after squandering a 12-point halftime lead against the Nets.

    "We got what we deserved," Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "You just have to credit Brooklyn. We're still searching for maturity on the road as a basketball team and we didn't take a step forward in that department tonight. We're much better than that."

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    This is 23 hours ago, have not seen an update yet,


    NY_KnicksPR‏Verified account @NY_KnicksPR · 23h23 hours ago

    Injury Report for 1/12 versus Miami: Probable - Bullock (contused left thigh), Ntilikina (sore groin), Randle (personal reasons) and Robinson (sprained left great toe); Questionable - Morris Sr (sore neck) and Smith Jr. (strained left oblique)

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    Marcus Morris (neck), Frank Ntilikina (groin) and Dennis Smith Jr. (oblique) have all been ruled out for Sunday's game against Miami.

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    Julius Randle (personal) has rejoined the team and will be available to play in Sunday's game against the Heat.

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    Frank needs a lot more fluids damn that groin.......crazy.

    OK it's time for Allen to step it up tonight, but damn no Morris again?

    A sore neck?

    Please don't let Randle handle the ball often........hate watching that, just let him do what he did for that short stretch.

    Like to see Trier off the bench tonight and not just garbage time.

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    Ian Begley‏Verified account @IanBegley · 8m8 minutes ago

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    Mike Miller says Dennis Smith Jr. has taken part in some portions of practice but he still feels discomfort from the oblique injury. It doesn’t sound like he has been cleared for full contact. Smith Jr. will miss his 9th straight game today due to injury.

    Kind of sounds like when he missed games with Dallas.......hope that is not the case.

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    Randle's personal issues was his Grandmother passed, and to his age group I know how devastating that can be if the person has been close or raised by them.

    Just lost my mom recently and my kids were and are a mess, she was like a mom more than a Grandmother to them.

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    Are we still rooting for the Knicks to win? They're 3rd worst team in the NBA. The only thing this game conjures is, what would have happened if the Knicks' Front Office gave Pat Riley the control he desired. He seems to be doing well in Miami.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Detfink View Post
    Are we still rooting for the Knicks to win? They're 3rd worst team in the NBA. The only thing this game conjures is, what would have happened if the Knicks' Front Office gave Pat Riley the control he desired. He seems to be doing well in Miami.
    what makes you think Riley could have gotten Butler here?

    39,44,41, last three years is not exactly considered doing well, is it?

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    Bullock terrific defense on Butler and Payton gives up a easy back door, wake up

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    Kadeem never seems to disappoint.....played well off the bench.

    Happy for Knox maybe this gets him going.

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    damn those FT's looked great from RJ.....and his Jan FT % continues to rise

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    Quote Originally Posted by still a fan View Post
    Kadeem never seems to disappoint.....played well off the bench.

    Happy for Knox maybe this gets him going.
    You notice how Knox looks good with Frank out I wIonder why? I've been saying he hurts the offense!
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    This is what a flash looks like!!!
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    But it's not a flash it's Kadeem each time he plays,

    Mitch has been awful, he's lost his mojo.......he is not even coming out on the switch , he should foul out and we'll have a shot here, put Portis at Center lets see what happens

    But according to Knick fans Mitch don't foul any more?

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