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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Knicks 112, Heat 92

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BEST OF LAST NIGHT: Udonis Haslem's 10 points in the first half was the faintest of silver linings in an otherwise retched game for the Heat.

WORST OF THE NIGHT: Where to begin? The Heat's perimeter defense was at times either slow or lazy or both one game after an embarrrassing loss to the Washington Wizards. Where the loss to the Wizards felt more like a fluke than anything else, Thursday's loss to the Knicks was an outright indictment of the poor defense the Heat has been playing recently.

The Knicks had 18 three-pointers. Guard Raymond Felton, who was worlds better than Dwyane Wade, had a career-high six three-pointers. Steve Novak 4 of 9 from three-point range. Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith each had three three-pointers.

Nearly has bad as the Heat's defense was the shooting of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Bosh was 3 of 12 from the field and entered the fourth quarter 1 of 10 shooting. Dwyane Wade was 3 of 13 with four turnovers and one assist.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Knicks attempted 44 three-pointers and had 46 rebounds.

LINE OF THE NIGHT: Raymond Felton was 10 of 20, including 6 of 10 from three-point range, for 27 points. He had seven assists, three turnovers, four rebounds, two steals and was 1 of 1 from the free-throw line.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT comes from J.R. Smith, who had 13 points in 23 minutes.

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NIGHTLY ANALYSIS
LeBron talked a lot about communication on defense after the game. As in, there's not enough of it. It's not the Heat's only problem right now but it's a good place to start. For Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, the problem is more about effort and a lack of commitment to his defensive principles. You could call the game just another fluke—the Knicks made 18 three-pointers and no what that holds up in a seven-game series—but New York had 19 three-pointers in the first meeting.

"We've got to find a way to get better defensively," James said. "We communicate...sometimes. We've got to communicate all the time. We're so used to everyone being in the right spot that when something breaks down it's like, what happened?"

I followed up on LeBron's concerns about a lack of communication and whether or not it had something to do specifically with the Heat's rotating defense.

"We just have to communicate more," James said. "It's not a lack of trust. In a ball game versus very good teams, you have to over communicate. Like New York, they have so many triggers, they have so many guys that can make plays, that you have to over communicate to help, so if you do make a mistake, you can talk your way through it.

"Right now, I'm no saying we're not communicating. We've just not over communicating versus really good teams."

THEY SAID IT
LEBRON JAMES 
"We'll be fine but we can't just act like what happened tonight or in Washington or some of the games that we've won that we probably should not have won—we can't just act like, Ok, we made those things happen."

"We didn't even say that the Washington game was 'just a loss.' We didn't play well and finally the shots that we're accustomed to making, we didn't make in the fourth quarter. Ray [Allen] had three open threes. Mike Miller had two. I had two. I missed a layup. I missed two free throws. We've been able to ball ourselves out with those shots."

ERIK SPOELSTRA
"This game was played like a shootout but in the wrong direction for us."

DWYANE WADE on the Knicks hitting eight three-pointers on 14 possessions
“Our job is to make them take tough shots, they made them.  There is really nothing you can do, there is no scheme you can do once that happens.  We will always look at film and understand that we can be better as a team.  When they’re making shots like that with guys in their faces, that is what you tell your kids to do, they raise, you put your arm up and make them take a tough [shot], they make it, you take the ball out and you try to go to the other end and you execute. 

"I didn’t think we executed great tonight on the offensive end, the ball didn’t move as crisp as it has.  When they score like that sometimes you have to make it a shootout.”

CHRIS BOSH
“I try to really forget about these games because they don’t really do anything for me but motivate me.”  

NIGHTLY NOTES
—It was the first loss for the Heat at home this season.

—The Heat's 92 points marked the first time the Heat has been held to fewer than 100 points at home this season.

—New York's eight three-pointers in the third quarter set a record for most three-pointers by an opponent at AmericanAirlines Arena.

 

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oh that dang pic just pissed me off LOL ... just wait til the playoffs.. itll be a Knicks and Heat in the ECF and the Heat will come out Victorious..

AND BLACK STOP TRYNA TRADE RAY ALLEN lol .. you saw what NY did with a bunch of three pointers!?!?! that could be us, but better and a higher percentage..

HA LOL...

four team trade...

heat get millsap... t-wolves get m. miller.. nuggets get joel anthony.. jazz get mozgov and derrick williams...

sign k-mart... waive harris, sign d. west...

FIRE SPOELSTRA!

MEANT TO POST THAT ON THIS GAME(And The Wizard Game)!! My Bad.

THE INEXPERIENCE!

NO EXCUSES THIS YEAR!! SPOELSTRA IS A NBA CHAMP!! THAT IS A VERY SHORT LIST OF COACHES!! HOF Short With 2 Or More Titles!

ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS HOW WOULD THE HEAT LOOK IF DOC RIVERS WERE COACHING THE HEAT!!

The Celtics Don't Have A REAL CENTER Either!

RILEY HAS DONE A GREAT JOB LOADING THIS TEAM WITH TALENT!! (To Me This Is The Most Talented Heat Team Ever!!) AGAIN! Dashi Is Sorry Forever DOUBTING U Mr.Riley!

I LOVE JA!! BUT HE HAS NO RIGHT SEEING ANY MINUTES ON THIS TEAM!! WE HAVE WAY BETTER PLAYERS!!

THE COACHING STILL SUCKS!! Specifically Spoelstra!! I WOULD RATHER SEE THE HEAD ASSISTANT COACH THIS TEAM!! THAN SPOELSTRA!!

SPOELSTRA Is The Weak Link Of The Heat!

THE ONLY LESSON WE NEED TO LEARN IS THAT SPOELSTRA SUCKS!!

U SAW THE SCHOOLING POPAVITCH!! GAVE SPO!! NO STARS!! JUST STRAIGHT SCHOOLED HIM WITH SCHEME!! AND COACHING!!

AGREED IT IS EARLY IN THE YEAR!! AND A LOT OF BASKETBALL IS LEFT TO PLAY!!

BUT IT IS TITLE OR ELSE!! IN MY BOOK!! HE HAS HAD A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TOGETHER FOR 3 YEARS NOW!! NO EXCUSES!!!

Wade & Lebron Already Know How To Play Well Together! And Even Bosh Has Found His Role In The Big 3!!

TEAM CHEMISTRY AND "CONSISTENCY"!! SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM!!

That can't be us because we don't know how to hustle on defense and actually play defense.....until that happens and we beat some good teams playing defense, then we might get some of those games

WOW... not going to lie, I kinda agree with you Dashi... If Doc Rivers, or Popovich, or heck even Jerry Sloan (or monty williams) It would be a very VERY different team.. but what I do like about SPO is his willingness to try new things, and not get stuck with ok wade your point, allen your the 2, Bosh your the center, noooo just go and play.. I dont think Phil would do a good job coaching this team because everyteams he's coached he ALWAYS had a big man, thats the anchor of his whole coaching scheme, big men, same with Riley, thats why he always wanted a big man..

the coaches don't play the game Dashi, the players do...until they don't grow sacks and start playing defense like they are capable of doing, games like this will continue to happen....its been a trend where teams are hitting a barrage of 3's on our team and its finally catching up...lazy defense, no hustle, no heart....

as far as Wade and lebron....lebron is the only star out of the 3 bringing it EVERY NIGHT....wade needs to step up and be more CONSISTENT and bring it everynight like LBJ does

wade getting dogged by raymond felton unacceptable..not saying felton sucks but wade is much better than this

need to step up defense, teams are just str8 up disrespecting us

i didnt really care about the wizards loss but this was more of a statement loss....no carmelo and they still come in our house and mop the floor with us...we should have spanked them last night

well dam, tell us how u really feel...

Eddie,

The Coach Helps Players Grow SACKS!! ANY RILEY TEAM WAS MISSING BACKBONE?? RILEY DIDN'T ALLOW SOFTNESS!!

EVERY TEAM TAKES THE PERSONALITY OF ITS COACH!! NOT VICE-VERSA!!

Agreed! Phil Would Be A Bad Fit For The Heat! Plus Riley Won't Allow It!! This IS HIS TEAM!!

But What Did Doc Do? When the Celtics Got Into A Pushing Match With The NETS!! DOC CALLED HIS OWN TEAM SOFT!!

SPOELSTRA IS NOT RILEY!! GIVE THE BALD GUY ASSISTANT A CHANCE!!

I BET THE HEAT WILL START PLAYING TOUGHER!! Give KEITH ASKINS A SHOT!!

OUT OF ANYTHING SPO IS TO BLAME!! ON WHY THE HEAT AREN'T TOUGH!!! LOOK AT ANY VAN GUNDY TEAM!! LESS TALENT BUT PLAYED TOUGHER!!

LOOK AT THE KNICKS!! WOODSON CHANGED THE CULTURE!! SAME PLAYERS!! BUT THEY ARE PLAYING TOUGH HARD NOSED BASKETBALL!!

SPOELSTRA IS THE ANTI-HEAT COACH!!

NOBODY FEARS SPOELSTRA!! NOT HIS PLAYERS!! NOT THE OTHER TEAM!! NO ONE!!

AND THAT IS RUBBING OFF ON THE HEAT!!

This team has many flaws and I'm getting to the point where a change may be needed somewhere. I hope that Riley is on the phone making calls regarding PG and bigs. Why not take a flier on a K-Mart or Birdman? We need somebody rugged that can come in for 10 to 15 minutes a game and bang down low. Someone to rebound, throw some bows, get nasty. Our perimeter D sucks right now and there is nobody down low to prevent that.

I hate to say it, but Wade is done. He is nothing more then a role player at this point in his career. He may only be 30, but he plays like he is 35, maybe older. I wuldn't make the move now, but I would listen to inquires if I were Riley.

Real simple fellas...they are just not hungry enough. These other teams are hungrier. Don't buy the lip service...it's hunger & right now they DON'T have it !

RP,

Agreed. That Is One Of The Main Problems!

BUT

Who Keeps Their Team HUNGRY!! WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL BEFORE!!

THE CELTICS ARE ALWAYS HUNGRY!!

IMO
DWade has been on a slow decline since
08 09 10. The excuses of him being hurt has gotten old. Some players can still play arcs high level in their later years. And I seen younger guys lose the ability to play at a high level, I'm afraid that DWade is reaching final years, if DWade doesn't play good or consistent enough by the playoff than is going to be harder to win the title! Riley should be concern and should be listening to offers for DWade! Philly can be interested
I like Jrue holiday Thaddeus young and a draft pick or I even take Young plus dorrel wright. Or Holiday and Wright! But it just me but Pat has to do something because they can't keep the big three next year! So the time is now fellas. And I agree with Dashi
I don't like Spoelstra. Never did the only reason he has a title is because of James.
Bron! I think he us a poor motivator and his team is not playing tough defense so with that said I like askin or Zol as the coach.

you just lost ur herald rights...

look, i've always thought, it's ok for them to get the first laugh, just to see them act a fool, we'll see who laugh's last... let's work men...

failure is not an option...

Does anyone pay attention?! D-Wade said it himself, I'm hoping to be back to normal by the all star break. Relax... The Heat will destroy everyone come June!

Last year we couldn't beat Boston in the regular season. The year b4 it was Chicago. Looks like its NY this year. The Heat do this every year and always kick asz in the playoffs. I'm not worried but I am bothered about the trend. Up and down play has been the norm around here. Up is the norm after March.

good bounce back win... solid defensive effort... I think the next game against the hawks will be a tough battle... they just handed Memphis a solid home loss... they're playing well, and we have to come to play... health is starting to worry me though... get treatment... this will be a long hard grind, with everyone giving us their best... the second ten, so far is 6-2, not bad, but let's try to maintain at least a 7-3 base, if possible... anything better is real good.. gotta think some of these teams trying to make a move will start soon... still early, but things will start to take shape... keep a firm focus on the standings... although it's still early, match ups will be key in this next run... watching all things Heat... good Sunday morning Heat nation... 007...

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