Knicks Hope to Slow Down the HEAT
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Fast and faster. The most dangerous fast-break attack in basketball.
That’s one of the main things on the minds of the Knicks heading into their first-round series against the Heat, starting Saturday in Miami (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC).
“Miami’s a team that plays great getting turnovers, and they get out and run well,” said Amare Stoudemire after the Knicks beat the Bobcats on Thursday night 104-84 in both teams’ regular-season finale. “So if we can contain our turnovers and contain their fast break, we’ve got a great chance to win. Half-court defensively, we’re playing as one of the best in the league, but it’s easier said than done. It’s going to be a tough battle, regardless.”
There’s no denying how good the Heat are in transition, but when the pace slows down and they have to initiate their half-court offense, that can be a different story. One of their biggest weaknesses is half-court execution when the game bogs down, which is what the playoffs are all about. Grind-out possessions.