Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat missed out on a chance to eliminate the New York Knicks Sudnay afternoon and as the series returns to the AmericanAirlines Arena, the Knicks are in desperation mode at the point guard position.
Sunday, Knicks starting point guard Baron Davis went down in a heap Sunday as he suffered a dislocated kneecap during the Knicks’ victory in Game 4. The injury was so rough that it drew gasps from Heat players both on the court and on the bench.
Davis’ injury could be the final act of his career. It also leaves the Knicks with zero depth at the point guard position. The Knicks now have one option at point guard.
They will have to rely on Mike Bibby, who every Heat fan can tell you isn’t enough to get you over the hump in the playoffs. The team could also turn to Toney Douglas to try to help at the point.
There was talk that the Knicks may try to bring “Linsanity” back to the starting lineup, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Monday he’s “not counting on Jeremy Lin to play” in the team’s next game, according to CBSNewyork.com.
Lin has not played in several weeks after he had knee surgery. Woodson said Lin was not in good shape as of Monday.
Miami has owned New York at the AmericanAirlines Arena. But the Heat will have to shoot better from the floor and Dwyane Wade will have to find his free throw shot again. Wade shot below 40 percent from the line in Game 4 and if he just made three more free throws it’s a totally different discussion.
Miami is shooting roughly the same in the playoffs as they were during the regular season, but they are scoring 4 fewer points per game and getting roughly 4 fewer rebounds per game.
The Heat should be able to dispose of the Knicks Wednesday and begin preparing for the Indiana Pacers in the second round.