Game 4 preview

Apr 30, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) is pressured by New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis (85) during the first half of game two in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Heat will take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden this evening. Being 3-0 up in the series, big 3 and co. will be looking to sweep the first round series at the heart of Big Apple.

Heat have looked very dominant in this series, annihilating the Knicks in game 1. The closest the Knicks have been to a victory so far was game 2, but Miami held the edge and won by a 10 point margin. While New York came out determined in game 3, powered by their home crowd, they ran out of gas towards the end of the game and lost by 17.

Three starters of the Knicks were sidelined in game 3, but with the way Miami have been playing  has made it clear to almost everyone that the Knicks don’t have what it takes to beat the Heat.

The fact that game 4 will be a potential elimination game should make things interesting. Knicks’ backs are against the wall, and they should come out with a sense of urgency. On the other end Miami will have to come in with the right focus, and not expect that Knicks will throw in the towel. If Heat defend as well as they have so far, they should be able to sweep the series tonight.

Last game James got into foul trouble early in the 3rd quarter, but took over the game in the 4th. He will need to continue dominating the ball, being aggressive and finding open teammates. Wade will also need to stay aggressive and attack the basket, while Miami’s shooters will need to be ready to knock down shots. Chalmers is coming off a big game 3 in which he shot 7 of 11 from the field, hitting 5 three pointers and totaling 19 points. If he continues shooting the ball well Miami will be hard to stop.

Stoudemire’s status is still unknown, but he will most likely miss tonight’s game. You can expect Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith to shoot the majority of New York’s shots. Miami has so far done well in limiting their efficiency with great defense, and if they can do that tonight, Knicks will struggle to put the ball in the basket.


Topics: Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Game 4 Preview, J.R. Smith, Lebron James, Miami Heat, NBA Playoffs 2012, New York Knicks

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