The Reason Knicks lost to Heat: Lack of Patience down the stretch

(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Watching the Knicks vs. Heat game today on ABC was really entertaining and could potentially be a playoff match up between these two squads. There was a lot to learn from this game today at Madison Square Garden. The key thing was the lack of patience the Knicks had at the end of the game on the offensive end.

The last six out of seven possessions with four minutes remaining were three pointers. The Knicks were only down three with 4:43 remaining in the game and Carmelo decided to chuck a three. The lack of patience to try to get to the basket or get a better look was killing them tonight. Granted, Carmelo did have 42 points on the game but he didn’t perform down the stretch like the Knicks need him too. In order to beat the Hear and the Bulls, #7 needs to be the best player on the floor. That doesn’t only mean offense. I am also talking about assists, and rebounds, and free throws.

But let’s get back to today’s Heat game. I am really worried about the Knicks point guard play without Jeremy Lin in for quite sometime. They have been able to get away with Baron Davis and Mike Bibby for the past few games but in today’s spotlight game it really showed their weakness. Baron Davis had 5 huge turnovers and one costly down the stretch. That impatience at the end of game could cost the team a chance to make a run to the NBA Finals.

Finally, I want to know if that was the strategy of Mike Woodson. Was it take 30 three pointers today and make them rain, or get to the basket and force Wade and Lebron into foul trouble? They got to the free throw line early but lost that confidence once they stopped rebounding the basketball.

(NBAE/Getty Images)

It’s a big concern to me and Knicks fans all around the country because this team has potential; they just need to make smarter decisions. And six three pointers with four minutes remaining is not a smart move in any type of game.

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