MIAMI, FL - MAY 09: Tyson Chandler (R) and Landry Fields of the New York Knicks sit on the bench against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2012 at the American Airines Arena in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated the Knicks 106-94 to advance to the next round four games to one. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

2012 NBA Playoffs, Knicks Vs. Heat: Season Ends For Knicks, Offseason Chatter Begins

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Knicks' Reaction: Carmelo Anthony Says 'Next Year We'll Be Better'

Carmelo Anthony tried to put a positive spin on the New York Knicks future after the Knicks were ousted from the 2012 NBA Playoffs Wednesday night by the Miami Heat, four games to one. "Next year we'll be better," Anthony said.

"I feel confident in my team and where we're headed," Anthony said during his post-game press conference. "In the future I feel good about competing with the top teams in the Eastern Conference. I do consider our team being up there, top three, top four teams in the East. We've gotta get better."

"Next year we'll be better. We'll be much better," Anthony said. "We'll learn from this and come back next year and be ready."

As far as center Tyson Chandler is concerned, the Knicks had better be.

"I'm personally very disappointed," Chandler said after the Knicks' 106-94 loss to the Heat on Wednesday. "... It's unacceptable to me. I didn't come here to lose in the first round and I don't plan on doing this in the future."

The Knicks face an offseason filled with questions. Chief among those questions will be whether interim head coach Mike Woodson is retained. The Knicks also must figure out whether or not to keep the troika of Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin together.

Stoudemire and Anthony seemed to have difficulty sharing the court, and the ball. There are questions about an offense that seemed to simply become throw Anthony the ball and get out of the way as the season progressed. Lin can be a free agent and, as popular as he is, there are questions about how the Knicks can keep him. If Woodson is the coach there are also questions about whether Lin is Woodson's cup of tea as a point guard.

There are questions about the futures of many of the Knicks' role players, including J.R. Smith. The offseason certainly promises its share of intrigue for the Knicks.

More Reaction

Amare: Nash in N.Y. 'would be great' - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

Amare, Knicks face offseason of uncertainty - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

After up-and-down season, next year starts now for the Knicks - NYPOST.com

Just like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, NY Knicks won't ever get past Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade - NY Daily News

J.R. tweets: I may be out of here - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York

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Heat Vs. Knicks, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 5: Miami Extinguishes New York's Playoff Run With 106-94 Win

The 2012 NBA Playoffs are over for the New York Knicks. The Knicks forced a fifth game with a narrow victory on Sunday, sending the series back to Miami on Wednesday night. Ultimately, Miami's troika of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh proved to be too much, and the Knicks lost the elimination game by a final score of 106-94.

James led the Heat with 29 points and eight rebounds. He also made 13-of-15 free-throw attempts. Bosh and Wade both had 19 points.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 35 points. Amare Stoudemire had 14 points before fouling out.

Miami led at halftime, 55-44, and the Heat held a double-digit lead almost the entire second half.

"We had opportunities but you have to give the Miami Heat credit because every time we made a run and cut the lead to ten or eleven points, they made plays coming back the other way. That is what great teams do," said Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson.

The Knicks have not won a playoff series since 2000. After a suspenseful season that ranged from the highs of Linsanity to the lows of a coaching change, there will doubtlessly be some serious reflection about what happens next for the Knicks.

In the video below, Amare gets "extinguished" from the game. Scroll up to the eight-second mark.

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Final - 5.9.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New York Knicks 24 20 23 27 94
Miami Heat 28 27 26 25 106

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Why Isn't He Playing?

What is the deal with Jeremy Lin and his knee injury, anyway? We know the point guard won't dress for the New York Knicks Wednesday night against the Miami Heat, and that he likely won't play at all if the series is extended beyond Game 5. Lin said the fact that he isn't playing is "frustrating" and some are wondering what is going on with the point guard who inspired 'Linsanity.'

"Everyone plays to be a part of this team. Everyone puts a lot of effort into being part of this team. Anytime you can't be on the court with your teammates it's frustrating, having to watch for the last whatever, five, six weeks has been a tough process," Lin said. "I mean, just me working out, what was it - two days ago - I tried to take off, tried to plant, just go full speed at 100 percent. It just didn't feel right. It felt pain when I tried to take off. I thought it would go away over time."

Fairly or unfairly, Lin -- and the Knicks -- are facing scrutiny over the young phenom's recovery. From the New York Daily News:

One-hundred percent? Don't NBA coaches always say that no player is 100 percent healthy at this time of year? Everyone is playing with aches and pains. Amar'e Stoudemire is playing despite suffering a herniated disc in late March as well as a self-inflicted cut on his left hand.

Sure, every injury is different and every player has a different tolerance for pain. If Lin doesn't feel he can play hurt and play well, then he should shut it down.

But is that the only motivation? Lin has become a cash cow for the Knicks organization and perhaps the club is being overly protective of its investment. And yes, while Lin will be a free agent on July 1st I'm not buying the theory that he is worried about damaging his value. The Knicks can offer him the most money and as sure as they are selling No. 17 "Linsanity" t-shirts at the Garden Jeremy Lin will be re-signed.

And yet, there is no denying that the Knicks handling of Lin's injury from start to finish has been shrouded in mystery.

Is Lin really unable to play? Is he simply protecting his future as he is a free agent this offseason? Are the Knicks being overly cautious with a player the Daily News refers to as a "cash cow for the Knicks organization?"

We may never know the answer. All we know for sure is that Lin won't play in Game 5.

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If Knicks' Next Coach Isn't Mike Woodson, It Should Only Be Phil Jackson

It's only fair that Mike Woodson is given the Knicks' coaching job full-time. That is, unless Phil Jackson wants the job.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Heat Vs. Knicks Game 5: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Knicks will try to bring the series back to Madison Square Garden with a win against the heavily favored Miami Heat.

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Mike Woodson Denies Report Of Contract Extension Discussions With New York Knicks

Mike Woodson denied a report on Tuesday that he and the New York Knicks have entered contract talks to keep him the team's head coach moving forward after this year.

The New York Daily News reported that Woodson and the Knicks have begun preliminary discussions to keep Woodson in the Big Apple after this season. But during the Knicks' media availability Tuesday, Woodson claimed otherwise.

"Absolutely, we have not," he said, as quoted by Adam Zagoria.

Woodson helped the Knicks to an 18-6 finish to the regular season, and roped New York's first postseason win in more than a decade on Sunday. But rumors have been flying for months that the Knicks are prepared to throw big money at Phil Jackson or John Calipari after the season concludes.

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: Knicks Point Guard Now Expected To Miss Entire Heat Series

With Baron Davis out, the New York Knicks will need someone to step into the point guard position. But it won't be Jeremy Lin.

Coach Mike Woodson told reporters Tuesday that Lin will not return to the series even if it goes the complete seven games because he still isn't healthy enough to play.

"He's not ready," Woodson said, as quoted by Howard Beck of the New York Times.

Lin, who fathered the Linsanity craze that swept the basketball world earlier this season, has been out since late March after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

The Knicks' point guard position has become an injury ward, with Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas the lone lead guards standing. In addition to Lin, Iman Shumpert tore his ACL and Baron Davis tore several ligaments and tendons.

Woodson could turn to Bibby or Douglas, neither of whom he particularly trusts, in Game 5 or he could turn to makeshift lineups with Landry Fields or Carmelo Anthony handling the ball-handling responsibilities.

This apparently renders our 'Should Lin Play in Game 5?' poll meaningless.

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Knicks, Mike Woodson In Talks About Contract, According To Report

Despite being on the brink of being eliminated from the postseason, the New York Knicks seem to like what interim head coach Mike Woodson has done in his limited time at the helm. The success has possibly conviced the organization Woodson deserves at shot at being the ful-time coach.

The Knicks have initiated talks that would keep Woodson as the team’s head coach for the foreseeable future, the Daily News has learned. The talks are only in the preliminary stages but it is clear that Madison Square Garden management is convinced Woodson is the right man for the job and will not pursue either Phil Jackson or Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Since taking over for Mike D'Antoni, Woodson helped the Knicks finish the regular season with a 18-6 record which allowed them to earn the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The seeding, however, gave New York a very unfavorable match-up with the Miami Heat in the first round, which now features the Knicks trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Despite playing the Eastern Conference favorites, the Knicks did manage Sunday to earn its first postseason victory since 2001. The win, according to the Daily News, prompted a 45-minute, post-game meeting with Woodson and Knicks chairman James Dolan.

When asked on Monday if he believed that winning Game 4 helped his candidacy, Woodson said: "It’s not about Mike Woodson and my contract and where I go from here."

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Baron Davis Injury Update: Knicks Guard Has Partial Tear Of Patella Tendon, Complete ACL, MCL Tears

New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis' knee injury has turned out to be even worse than feared after an MRI.

Initially, the word on the injury was that the guard had dislocated his patella. It turns out that Davis actually has a partially torn patella tendon and complete tears of both his ACL and MCL of his right knee (via Howard Beck's Twitter). The injuries push his recovery time back from the 6-8 month range to likely a full 12 months. You have to wonder if this will end the 33-year-old Davis's career. In 13 seasons Davis has averaged 16.1 points and 7.2 assists per game.


Related: Will Jeremy Lin Play Wednesday Night?

Davis injured the knee during the third quarter of Sunday's NBA Playoff game against the Miami Heat, the first playoff win for the Knicks since 2001. Davis had two points, two assists and a rebound in 25 minutes before the injury. Davis was attempting a jump stop in the lane during a fast break when the injury occurred. A stretcher was needed to take Davis off the court.

Davis averaged only 6.1 points and 4.7 assists for the Knicks during the regular season. He was averaging 7.75 points per game during the playoffs. The Knicks also lost guard Iman Shumpert to a torn ACL earlier in the series.

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Amar'e Stoudemire To Start In Knicks Vs. Heat Game 4, According To Mike Woodson

After sitting out Game 3 with an injury to his hand, which punched a fire extinguisher after Game 2, New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire will return to the starting lineup, head coach Mike Woodson confirmed about an hour before tip off at Madison Square Garden.

The question now is, how much production will Stoudimire have with a banged-up hand that is more than likely nowhere near 100-percent? Even with him healthy, the Knicks struggled badly in games one and two, and some feel played batter in Game 3 without him.

Regardless, Stoudimire will play and try to do anything to help the Knicks avoid an embarrassing four-game sweep, which has already featured New York being beaten by an average of 20 points per game.

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Knicks Vs. Heat Game 4 -- Preview, Game Time, TV Schedule

The New York Knicks will look to avoid a four-game series sweep and a lot of embarrassment against the Miami Heat Sunday at Madison Square Garden (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC). The Knicks will try to force a Game 5 and try to snap a 13-game playoff losing streak, which extends all the way back to 2001.

So far, the series has featured the No. 2-seeded Heat out-playing the Knicks in every aspect. The results has led to Miami winning by an average mean of 20 points per game, which have led to this win-or-stay-home situation for New York. A victory for Miami would move them onto the second round of the Eastern Conference bracket and move one step closer to a return to the NBA Finals.

The Knicks may or may not see the return of forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who said Saturday he's doubtful for Game 4 after hurting his right hand after punching the glass of a fire extinguisher in the post-game of Game 2.

To watch the game, here's the viewing information:

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ABC

Series: Miami leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.

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Knicks vs. Heat: All Eyes On Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has a chance to make a positive mark on his Knicks legacy on Thursday in a crucial Game 3 against the Heat.

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Amare Stoudemire Injury Update: Knicks Forward Out For Game 3, Doubtful For Game 4

The New York Knicks officially released a statement regarding the health of Amar'e Stoudemire Tuesday, and as expected the Knicks will be without the star forward for Game 3 (Thursday) and its doubtful he will play able to play in Game 4 (Sunday). Both games are in New York with the latter possibly being an elimination game for the Knicks, who has already dropped the first two contests to the Miami Heat of the best-of-seven series.


Related: Stoudemire's Disappointing Decline

Stoudemire's status, which will be reassessed after Game 4, for the rest of the series was put in serious doubt when he hurt his left hand punching a fire extinguisher in frustration after New York's 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2. The incident lead to a small muscle in his hand needing to be repaired by a hand specialist.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Things he should have Punched (via sbnation)


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Amar'e Stoudemire Injury: Knicks Forward 'Almost Certain' To Miss Game 3, According To Reports

The New York Knicks have a few days before they take the court against the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but the playing status for Amar'e Stoudemire doesn't look good for Thursday night. According to a report by ESPNNewYork.com, Stoudemire, who punched a fire extinguisher in frustration after the Knicks 104-94 loss in Game 2 Monday, is "almost certain" to miss Game 3.

Stoudemire hasn't undergone any MRIs or X-rays and the team provided no further update on the extent of the injury.

On Monday, Stoudemire shot just nine times in his 18-point, seven-rebound performance in Game 2, which featured New York playing better than Game 1's blowout but not playing well enough to pull out the victory against the favored Heat.

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Heat Vs. Knicks, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 2: New York Loses 104-94, Takes 2-0 Deficit Back To MSG

The New York Knicks will take a two-game deficit with them when their 2012 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference series against the Miami Heat heads to Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The Knicks put up a stronger fight than in their 33-point demolition Saturday, but the Heat proved too talented once again on their way to a 104-94 win.

Carmelo Anthony did everything he could to help the Knicks' cause, finishing with 30 points. He went 9-for-18 in the first half, but just 3-for-8 for nine points in the second half. Amare Stoudemire pitched in 18 points, but as a whole New York was not as sharp as Miami offensively.

The Heat shot 52.1 percent from the floor for the game, and made four more 3-pointers and six more free throws than the Knicks for the game. Scoring was balanced across the Big 3. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James had 25, 21 and 19 points on the night, respectively.

The Knicks enjoyed a 40-33 advantage on rebounds, but couldn't make up for poor shooting outside of Melo and Stat. Landry Fields started, but played just 16 minutes after going 1-for-5 from the field for two points.


Final - 4.30.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New York Knicks 24 23 22 25 94
Miami Heat 27 26 25 26 104

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2012 NBA Playoffs: Knicks At Heat Game 2 -- Preview, Game Time, TV Schedule

After being absolutely blown out of Game One, 100-67, by the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks need to play with urgency Monday night in Game Two of their Eastern Conference opening-round NBA playoff series if they would like to avoid a 2-0 hole.

New York will be without Iman Shumpert for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, a huge blow on the defensive end. The slack will need to be picked up by Landry Fields and perhaps even Toney Douglas, who is easily the Knicks best remaining on-the-ball defender.

Carmelo Anthony also needs to play like the superstar that he is. Anthony only scored 11 points including shooting 3 of 15 from the field. If Melo doesn't play remarkably well going forward, the Knicks are sunk.

Amare Stoudemire also needs to play like he's alive. He needs to take more than seven shots and be heard from early and often.

As for Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade just need to keep clicking on all cylinders. James outscored the entire New York starting five on Saturday (32 to 30) while Wade scored 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

With Derrick Rose blowing out his knee, the Heat have to feel like the clear favorites to come out of the East once again.

If New York has any chance to make this series interesting, a win tonight is essential in the most dire of situations.

TV: TNT

Time: 7 p.m. ET

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Jeremy Lin Injury Update: 'Linsanity' To Return In Game 4 Vs. Heat?

Could 'Linsanity' make an appearance in the New York Knicks' opening-round NBA Playoff series against the Miami Heat? Jeremy Lin said Sunday after the Knicks' practice that he might be able to play in Game 4, which is Sunday, May.

"I think I'm gonna evaluate it at the end of the week and see," Lin said after the Knicks' practice on Sunday. "Hopefully I'll feel good by then ... the main thing is to be able to play without thinking about (the injury).

"I don't really want to make a promise because I just don't know how I'm gonna feel," said Lin, who has been out since March 24. "If I felt good today then that would be more of a possibility, but I didn't feel that great today."

The return of Lin would be a boost to the Knicks, who lost rookie guard Iman Shumpert to a torn meniscus in Game 1.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said that if and when Lin returns he would play limited minutes. After a 33-point drubbing by Miami in Game 1, the question is can the Knicks get back into the series and make any return by Lin actually meaningful?

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Heat Vs. Knicks, 2012 NBA Playoffs Game 1: Knicks Lose 100-67, Iman Shumpert Injured

The New York Knicks are now three games away from elimination, as they were absolutely manhandled Saturday in Game One of their first-round 2012 NBA Playoff series with the Miami Heat. Adding injury to insult, the Knicks lost rookie guard, Iman Shumpert, in the third quarter, with what looked to be a significant knee injury.

J.R. Smith was the Knicks leading scorer with 17 points off the bench, while Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony combined for 20 points on 5-22 from the floor.

LeBron James was a man among boys Saturday. He scored 32 points on 14 shots and 14 free throws. He added four steals, three assists and four boards.

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Iman Shumpert Injury: Knicks Guard Leaves With Knee Injury

New York Knicks guard, Iman Shumpert, had to be carried off the court midway through the third quarter after suffering a knee injury on a crossover attempt in the open court. He was dribbling up the floor, attempted a behind-the-back cross over on Heat guard, Mario Chalmers, and immediately grabbed his knee as he fell to the ground.

The rookie from Georgia Tech was the Knicks first round pick in 2011 – number 17 overall. He started 35 games for the Knicks this season, at both guard spots. He averaged just under 10 points per game, along with 3.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He's an extremely inefficient scorer, but is known for his defense and athleticism.

Here's a video of the injury:

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NBA Playoffs 2012: Five Keys To Knicks-Heat, First Round Predictions

The 2012 NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday, with the marquee matchup of the first round being right here in our backyard. For four straight years from 1997-2000, the New York Knicks and Miami Heat waged four memorable playoff wars, creating one of the most intense rivalries the NBA has ever seen. Knicks fans still cringe to this day when they hear the name P.J. Brown, and Heat fans will always wonder how Allan Houston's famous last-second shot didn't rim out. Now, 12 years later, the players may have changed but the rivalry figures to ratchet back up.

However, the Knicks come into the series as sever underdogs. Despite a respectable 36-30 record in the truncated season, the Knicks were unable to finish above seventh, thus prompting the trip to South Beach. The Knicks were up and down all season, but do enter the playoffs 17-6 since Mike Woodson took over as interim head coach. Carmelo Anthony has responded to the coaching change by playing like a League MVP over the past six weeks or so, while Tyson Chandler marked his first season as a Knick by transforming them into a stout defensive side, to the tune of perhaps being named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. And despite ongoing chemistry issues, the Knicks do still employ Amare Stoudemire, who has battled injuries but seems to be rounding into shape and form at the right time.

The Heat have their sights set a lot higher than the first round of the playoffs. It's title or bust in Year 2 of the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Not 2, Not 3, Not 4, Not 5 Experiment. The urgency will likely be apparent from the get-go, as the longer this team goes without a title, the more the pressure mounts. While many Knicks fans were hoping that the team finished eighth and matched up with the Chicago Bulls, the match is now set and there's no going back. It's Knicks-Heat once more. Here are some things to keep a close eye on throughout the series:

1.The Carmelo-LeBron Matchup: Carmelo Anthony has kept no secret his enjoyment going head-to-head against LeBron. And why should he? Facing James always seems to bring out the best in 'Melo. All series they'll find themselves matched up with each other on both ends of the floor. Anthony has showed a renewed defensive prowess under Woodson, and he'll have to show that full effort every minute to help slow down James. The Heat like to play a half court game, and now that Woodson has taken control, so do the Knicks. They now run their offense through Anthony, isolating him in his favored spot on the wing about a quarter of the time. Anthony can help keep LeBron off his game by making him work hard on defense.

2. The Benches: If there's anything the Knicks have a clear advantage in in this series (other than center...and we'll get to that), it's the bench. Like last season, Miami is tentative when it has to rely on its bench. Mike Miller, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem are all long in the tooth, and neither is a scary offensive threat. The Knicks have two players in J.R. Smith and Steve Novak that can come off the bench and make a huge impact in the series. Both can get incredibly hot from three-point range (in Novak's case, he's infinitely on-fire) and the Heat allowed the second most three pointers in the league this season. The Knicks' bench will shoot often from the perimeter, and if they're on their game, the Knicks can shoot their way to a win.

3. Iman Shumpert's Defense on Dwyane Wade: This is rookie Iman Shumpert's first taste of playoff basketball, and he has a heck of a task. It's sink or swim for Shumpert, who will get the daunting assingment of having to shut down Wade. Wade has always performed well against the Knicks, and he's the Heat's top gun in crunch time situations. Shumpert has quickly become one of the league's top perimeter defenders, but Wade is in a class of his own. For the Knicks to have any chance whatsoever, Shumpert needs to give Wade fits. It will be a tall order.

4. Defending Chris Bosh: Bosh is the third "superstar" of Miami's Big Three, and often he falls under the radar with teams being so worried about James and Wade. It will be interesting to see how the Knicks play Bosh in this series from a defensive standpoint. Tyson Chandler can easily shut down Bosh, but Bosh likes to meander to the perimeter, and that would open up the paint for drives from Wade and James. Chandler will most likely matchup with Ronny Turiaf and/or Joel Anthony, leaving Stoudemire to contain Bosh. Stoudemire's usual less than pedestrian defense has hurt the Knicks in the past, and it could rear its ugly head again this series. The Knicks' best chance at slowing down Bosh might be Bosh slowing down himself by pulling a disappearing act, which isn't totally impossible.

5. The Tyson Chandler Factor: The news that Chandler has the flu and may be out or limited in Game 1 is terrible, unfortunate news for the Knicks, since Chandler is the best center in this series by a country mile. It's not a contest between Chandler and Joel Anthony/Haslem/Turiaf. Chandler also knows a thing or two about shutting down and defeating the Miami Heat, as he was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks' Finals victory a year ago. He's been incredibly consistent all season, and the Knicks will expect, and need, more of the same.

Prediction: It's a shame the Knicks couldn't finish higher than seventh, because they're a talented team who has played playoff style ball under Woodson - with great results. The Heat are just a tough matchup for the Knicks. Anthony will carry the Knicks and help them make it interesting. The Knicks' bench may steal them a win along the way. But it will be too much LeBron, too much Wade for the Knicks, who will see their playoff series win drought extend to 12 years. Heat in six.

First Round Predictions:

East:

No.1 Chicago Bulls over No. 8 Philadelphia 76ers: Derrick Rose's health is an ongoing concern, but it won't affect the Bulls until later on. Bulls in five.

No. 3 Indiana Pacers over No. 6 Orlando Magic: No Dwight Howard, no chance for the Magic, who now look less like a playoff team than any of the 16 qualifiers. Pacers in five.

No. 4 Boston Celtics over No 5. Atlanta Hawks: The Celtics' age will catch up with them at some point, but Rajon Rondo will be a matchup nightmare in this one. Celtics in six.

West:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz: The Spurs won't let last year's disastrous early playoff exit repeat. The Jazz are a nice story, and should be proud to have made the playoffs. Spurs in five.

No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. No. 7 Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs won't successfully defend their title, but this will be a great series. Dallas can still bring it, and the Thunder have struggled a bit down the stretch. Oklahoma City gets through some adversity in a bit of a scare. Thunder in seven.

No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers vs. No. 6 Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets have no closer. The Lakers have the best one in the game. Lakers in six.

No. 4 Memphis Grizzlies vs. No. 5 Los Angeles Clippers: In a close series, it always helps to have the best player on the floor. That guy in this one? Chris Paul. Clippers in seven.

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2012 NBA Playoffs, Knicks Vs. Heat: Tyson Chandler Sick, Possibly Out For Game 1

The New York Knicks and Miami Heat will begin their seven-game series on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC), and as of Thursday both teams were going into the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a healthy roster. Things changed for the Knicks on Friday, as reports have New York center Tyson Chandler is sick and possibly out for Game 1.

Last Sunday, Chandler was given a night off to rest and the Knicks were able to squeak out a 113-112 victory at the Atlanta Hawks. However, in that contest it was New York's offense, including 39 points form Carmelo Anthony -- who actually believes Chandler will play Saturday -- that carried the team to a win.

If the Knicks want to contend with the No. 2-seeded Heat, they will need Tyson's defense inside to help defend against center/forward Chris Bosh and the dribble-drive of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.

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2012 NBA Playoff Schedule And Bracket: Knicks Vs. Heat, Game Times, TV Coverage

The New York Knicks and Miami Heat will meet in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Here's a look at the series schedule and television coverage.

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Volatile Season Puts Knicks In Tough Playoff Matchup

The Knicks have a tough road in the first round of the playoffs, but it didn't have to be that way.

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