Amare reminds us why the Knicks can’t win playoff games

After getting blown out by the Heat in Game 1, the Knicks found out they’d be without Iman Shumpert for the rest of the playoffs. After a hard fought loss to the Heat in Game 2, the Knicks will head back to Madison Square Garden without Amare Stoudemire.

Amare, who was mad after losing to the Heat, punched a fire extinguisher and cut his hand. He hasn’t been ruled out yet, but it looks like he won’t be able to play due to the lacerations in his hand.

With the injury to Amare though, we’re reminded why the Knicks have lost 12 straight playoff games. It’s quite simple really.

The Knicks are immature and full of guys that are only worried about themselves.

While that may not be true for everybody on the Knicks, right at the center of their team they have that problem. Tyson Chandler is a great team player, but he picks up technical fouls too much and has already received one in each game of these playoffs. Chandler’s fouls aren’t the only reason they’re losing though.

When watching Game 2 last night, it was painfully obvious that the Heat’s offense and defense was much better than that of the Knicks. They moved the ball great and got back on defense. They are unselfish and pass the ball to the open man. The same can’t be said for the Knicks though. They played iso ball all game and while Carmelo Anthony has a great shot he needs to pass more. It doesn’t help that Amare is also always looking for a shot and JR Smith wouldn’t even think about passing up and opportunity to shoot. The Knicks also play lackadaisical defense for a lot of the game and give up easy opportunities and take a lot of bad fouls.

The Knicks have a lot of talented shooters, but they’re selfish and immature. Look at the top teams in both conferences. They may have superstars, but none are as selfish and immature(with exception to the Lakers. They have Kobe though).

The Knicks have tied a record for the most consecutive playoff losses, and it’s going to continue if they don’t learn to play less selfish and learn to play as a team.


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