The New York Knicks are home watching the rest of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. But I can't help but wonder how the Knicks would do against the Heat right now. Without Chris Bosh, the Heat lost Game 2 of their playoff series with the Indiana Pacers. The Heat looked vulnerable for the first time in the postseason. The Knicks could beat the Heat if they played today. And there are three key areas that would give the Knicks the edge.
In the Knicks-Heat playoff series, the Knicks had a slight edge in rebounding. They out-rebounded the Heat in three out of the four games. And that was with Bosh, the Heat's leading rebounder, in the lineup. The Knicks would have an even bigger rebounding edge against the Heat now. This alone would reduce the gap between the Knicks and the Heat.
With Bosh out, the Heat lose significant scoring. Bosh was the third leading scorer for the Heat against the Knicks in the playoffs, averaging 16.5 points per game. He also took the third most shots. Someone on the Heat would have to step up in Bosh's absence. Judging by Game 2 against the Pacers, the Heat are still looking for that guy.
The defense changes on both sides of the court when Bosh is not in the game. He is a pretty good defender for the Heat, and he can block shots. Without Bosh, the Heat are not as good defensively. The Heat are also not as good offensively without him. The Knicks would have an easier time defending them. Tyson Chandler would be free to ignore Bosh's replacement and provide help defense. This strategy worked well for the Pacers in Game 2.
With Bosh sidelined indefinitely, the Heat are just not as good. Their rebounding, scoring and defense suffer without him. For these reasons, the Knicks could beat the Heat if they played today. But we will never know for sure. Instead, the Pacers have gained the advantage over the Heat. And they might send the Heat home to watch the rest of the playoffs, just like the Knicks.
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Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
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