The Memphis Grizzlies’ 13-game win streak over Eastern Conference foes could be put to the test Saturday night.
Mike Woodson didn’t.
The Knicks coach believed his team could go toe to toe with the Heat before it beat Miami without Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night. New York’s 20-point win in South Beach just strengthened Woodson’s opinion.
“I think it’s out there, there’s no doubt about that,” Woodson said of the notion that the Knicks can finish atop the Eastern Conference, above the Heat.
The Lakers Hall of Famer said Friday morning on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that the Knicks pose a legitimate threat to the Heat in the Eastern Conference — especially if Amar’e Stoudemire accepts a role off of Mike Woodson’s bench.Listen to the complete interview: Why is Magic confident the Knicks can challenge Miami for the Eastern Conference crown?
“This is the team that’s going to give the Heat the most trouble because they have the perimeter players,” Johnson said on the radio show.
MIAMI — Up until this point, the Knicks have been so focused that they haven’t gotten caught up in how people are perceiving them. But now that they have the best record in the Eastern Conference (14-4) and upset the defending champs twice, J.R. Smith is speaking out about how he wants others to view his team.
“I wish they would say we’re the real deal,” he said on Thursday night after the Knicks beat the Heat, 112-92, “but you know what, we can’t worry about that.
MIAMI, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The New York Knicks enjoyed a second 20-point win over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in just over a month on Thursday, giving them the belief that this year they can compete when it matters in the post-season. Last year, New York lost all three regular season games to their Eastern Conference rivals Miami and then fell 4-1 to the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. For Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who was part of the Dallas Mavericks team that defeated the Heat in the 2011 finals, Thursday’s victory was a big psychological boost. …
MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Heat suffered their worst home defeat of the ‘Big Three’ era as the defending NBA champions crashed to a 112-92 loss to a New York Knicks team without their star forward Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have sole leadership of the Eastern Conference with a 14-4 record, ahead of the Heat who slip to 12-5, having also lost by 20 points to the Knicks in New York on November 2. …
Playing the team with the Eastern Conference’s longest losing streak might be just what the Milwaukee Bucks need to break out of their recent funk.
MIAMI — In a battle between the two teams with the best records in the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks — playing without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony — beat the Miami Heat, 112-92, on Thursday night.
The Knicks gave the Heat their first home loss of the season, dropping them to 8-1, thanks to their 18 3-pointers (40.9 percent). And, amazingly, they blew out the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, and defending champs for that matter, without Carmelo Anthony (left middle finger laceration). Yes, you heard that right.
When the Knicks beat the Heat in their season opener back on Nov. 2 at the Garden, 104-84 (also a 20-point win), they also did it from beyond the arc.
Melo did go through walkthrough on Thursday morning, and Woody suggested that his star player will take the court against their longtime Eastern Conference rival.
“The concern is if he’s not Melo. If he says he’s going to play, he’ll play,” the coach said. “I’m sure he’s going to be just fine.”
If Anthony can’t go, Woodson still has confidence that other guys will contribute more.