The Knicks playoff hopes are slowly, but surely, decreasing, and this loss was a killer. Now, the Hawks magic number is four going into the final several days of the season.
- J.R. Smith set a few records in this game so that was cool. In the most J.R. Smith-like way, he broke the record for most three-pointers attempted in a game. Half of the shots were awful, but they went in. That lead to Smith also breaking the Knicks franchise record for most three-pointers made in a game with 10, and the most threes made in a three-game stretch in NBA history, with 24. Smith led the team with 32 points.
- Carmelo Anthony had another really, really tough game. Whether it was in part to his shoulder injury is unknown, but it looks likely. The last two games have been two of Melo’s worst since he came to New York. He scored 13 points on 4-17 shooting.
- The Knicks defense was horrendous at times. After jumping out to a 16-3 lead, a 24 point turnaround guided the Heat to the win. Lead by LeBron James’ 38 points, on an efficient 13-22 shooting afternoon, Miami was getting easy looks at the hoop all night.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. is a fan favorite, and the future is bright for the “neophyte,” but he had another terrible homecoming game in Miami. He didn’t score at all, going 0-7 from the field, and was a -26. Hardaway Jr. has had a few tough games against the Heat because he does not have any favorable match-ups. When he was in the game, sharpshooter Ray Allen was getting easy open jumpers, and he made most of them.
- The playoffs are a long shot now, as New York fell three games in the loss column behind the Hawks. Atlanta has seven games left, and the Knicks have just four. It will be tough to gain ground, especially with the Knicks remaining opponents being the Nets, Bulls, and Raptors twice.
- The Knicks have four consecutive off days, and don’t play another game until Friday in Toronto. They will be watching the scoreboard, as Atlanta plays Indiana tonight, Detroit on Tuesday, and Boston on Wednesday.