Knicks Finally Win a Game In Playoffs

By Jerald Levon Hoover BASN Staff Writer
Updated: May 7, 2012

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Unfinished business still left to do

Unfinished business still left to do

NEW YORK, NY(BASN)—- Whether it’s Handgate aka Amar’e Stoudemire, Linsanity, B-Diddy, Mike D’Antoni, Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, you name it; when this season is mercifully over the books will be open. But, hold the presses, the New York Knicks pulled it together and finally won a game, not a series but a game after an 11-year drought. This is monumental but it’s a game too short. Not only are they still looking at a 3-1 deficit against the favored Miami Heat, but they broke a record for having the most consecutive losses in the Playoffs.

With this win, Mike Woodson more or less assured himself of landing the permanent spot for head coach of the Knicks. Not to say that he wouldn’t have gotten a shot if they were swept but this when showed pride, grit and fight that the Knicks rarely showed in the previous games.

Who knows if it’s the truncated season or not but this season and including the Playoffs has been a survival of the fittest for the Knicks. From losing Jeremy Lin, STAT, Melo, Iman Shumpert to 2 knee injuries and Baron Davis. Rookie sensation Shumpert tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Heat series is out until December at the earliest and Davis had a herniated disk in his back which cost him nearly two-thirds of the season and now he just dislocated his right knee in the third quarter of Game 4. The injury was so gross looking that Heat players were looking on in disbelief. Amar’e knelt down on one knee on the court, almost in a Tebow like fashion and said a prayer for Davis. “He’s a phenomenal player on the court and a great guy off of it. It was sad seeing him like that.”

Speaking again of Amar’e, he returned from his questionable reason for why he has to have his hand in an 8 layered wrap substance after breaking a glass door on a fire extinguisher in Miami. He played inspired basketball and was a catalyst in helping the Knicks win, 89-87. Amar’e chipped in a nice double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Amar’e played with reckless abandon, shooting 8-of-13 only after needing hand surgery. During pregame intros, he heard virtually all cheers and just a small smattering of boos.

“I thought Melo and Stoudemire were huge, we needed a big game out of both of those guys to get over the hump,” said Mike Woodson, who may have solidified his future with the unlikely victory. “And it could not happen to two better people. Now we have this monkey off our back and we’re still playing.”

Melo who did more than just play inspired basketball, he willed this Knicks team with a bust out 41 points. And although he missed 2 out of 3 free-throw attempts late in the 4th quarter, Mike Woodson said, “Melo wasn’t ready to go home.”

KNICK KNOTES: Steve Novak has been non-existent and the Heat have not let him get any open and clean looks. In a crazy twist of fate, this just may help the Knicks keep him afterall. Novak is a free agent this off season and the Knicks are over the cap and would only have a veteran’s minimum of almost 1.4 million to keep him.