The New York Knicks are coming off of a solid win, over their Eastern Conference competition. While the Heat are on a two-game losing streak, their two-way play is still too much for the Knicks to overcome.
Miami Heat def. New York Knicks
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|New York Knicks
|Tom Thibodeau||Head Coach||Erik Spoelstra|
|31-42 (11th in East)||Standing||47-26 (1st in East)|
|110.0 (22nd of 30)||Off Rtg||113.0 (12th of 30)|
|110.7 (11th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.6 (6th of 30)|
|96.0 (26th of 30)||Pace||95.8 (29th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Randle (20.3)||PPG||J. Butler (21.2)|
|J. Randle (10.0)||RPG||B. Adebayo (10.2)|
|J. Randle (5.1)||APG||K. Lowry (7.7)|
|N. Noel (1.2)||SPG||J. Butler (1.7)|
|M. Robinson (1.8)||BPG||B. Adebayo (0.8)|
|M. Robinson (.763)/J. Randle (7.2)||FG%/FGM||D. Dedmon (.563)/T. Herro (7.7)|
|T. Gibson (.444)/E. Fournier (3.1)||3P%/3PM||D. Dedmon (.472)/D. Robinson ()|
|Derrick Rose||New York Knicks||25 Feb 2022||Out (Ankle)||Rose underwent a minor procedure on his right ankle. There is no timetable for his return.|
|Cam Reddish||New York Knicks||10 Mar 2022||Out (Shoulder)||Reddish will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing AC joint surgery.|
|Nerlens Noel||New York Knicks||22 Mar 2022||Out (Foot)||Noel hasn’t played since Feb. 7. There is no timetable for his return.|
|Julius Randle||New York Knicks||23 Mar 2022||Out (Quad)||Randle was OUT for New York’s Wednesday (Mar 23) game.|
|Mitchell Robinson||New York Knicks||23 Mar 2022||Out (Back)||Robinson was OUT for New York’s Wednesday (Mar 23) game.|
|Tyler Herro||Miami Heat||23 Mar 2022||Out (Knee)||Herro was OUT for Miami’s Wednesday (Mar 23) game.|
|Gabe Vincent||Miami Heat||23 Mar 2022||Out (Toe)||Vincent was OUT for Miami’s Wednesday (Mar 23) game.|
The New York Knicks are outmatched in almost every category against the Miami Heat, but they’ve shown in recent wins that their team play can dismantle defences. If they want to beat Miami, the Knicks need to be aggressive from the tip.
In their last game, a win against the Hornets, New York shot 51.8% from the field and 44.4% from three-point range. They were able to outscore the Knicks 40-24 in the first quarter, and never looked back.
New York will face a much tougher defence in the Heat this time out, so they’ll need to push the pace to avoid their halfcourt pressure. Despite one of the league’s best three-point defences, New York will need to find a way to convert from range to keep pace.
Back-to-back 30-point outings for @RjBarrett6.
? 30 PTS / 3 REB / 3 AST pic.twitter.com/F09fmy6dCr
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 24, 2022
With each passing day it looks like RJ Barrett will be the one to lead the New York Knicks to an exciting future. In his last game, a win over the Charlotte Hornets, Barrett showed that he’s more than capable of taking on a leadership role.
Barrett is coming off of a performance where he posted 30 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. On top of his solid shooting from deep, 3 of 7, Barrett hit 7 of his 8 free throw attempts.
The Miami Heat are the type of team that can give Barrett a lot of issues. Unless his shooting game is on point, the Heat will smother him on all of his drives. Barrett’s playmaking will be just as crucial as his scoring in this matchup.
The Miami Heat are a better team than the New York Knicks. However, through their last two games the Heat have struggled to sort out their defence. They must improve in that area to beat the Knicks.
Over the course of their past two losses, the Heat have allowed their opponents to shoot 50.9% from the field and 41.1% from three-point range. Many of their struggles stem from their inability to rebound the ball, losing the battle on the boards by an average of 11.0 over their last two.
The Knicks own an explosive offence, so Miami must tighten the screws on the defensive end if they hope to win the game. If they can’t control the Knicks early, they’ll have a tough time holding them off.
Jimmy Butler and Coach Spoelstra get heated on the sidelines ?
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 24, 2022
Jimmy Butler has always been a polarizing figure for his teams, but emotions seemed to boil over in his last game. Despite the incident, Butler still performed admirably in light of the loss.
In his last game, a loss to the Golden State Warriors, Butler posted 20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 40 minutes of play. While his shooting can be inconsistent, he more than makes up for it with his defensive effort.
Butler will need to be the one to organize the Heat’s defence against New York’s dangerous inside-outside attack. If he can control the Knicks from the point of attack, the Heat can put the Knicks to bed early.
|New York Knicks vs Miami Heat Information|
|Who||New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat|
|Where||FTX Arena, Miami, Florida|
|When||8:00 PM EST, March 25th, 2022|
|How to Watch||Bally Sports Sun, MSG, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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