Q: Which Heat group will present up towards the Knicks? 1) Beginning-of-season under-.500 Heat? 2) Midseason 20-11 group with good protection however can’t rating? 3) Down-the-stretch Heat that may shoot once more, however has poor protection? 4) Bucks killer? Do you’ve gotten a crystal ball, as a result of how are you aware which one? – Morgan, New Orleans.
A: I’m of the assumption of various horses for various programs. So I’m undecided a lot of something from the Bucks collection carries over, due to the sharp contrasts between the Bucks and Knicks. I’m additionally undecided a lot carries over from the common season, as a result of all of that got here with Tyler Herro within the combine. So once more, seemingly as all the time with this group, it comes right down to Jimmy Butler. And, to me, it comes right down to Jimmy Butler having to be higher than Jalen Brunson for the Heat to maximise their possibilities.
Q: Now we are going to see if Bam Adebayo can play towards an actual middle. Mitchell Robinson has been nice for New York. — Shappy.
A: But I’m undecided how a lot of that matchup shall be head-to-head, with Kevin Love possible opening defensively towards Mitchell Robinson. It shall be Love’s rebounding that shall be essential towards Robinson. And it is going to be the Heat’s group rebounding that shall be essential towards the Knicks’ group rebounding.
Q: Ira, you have been there. Why no more of the rivalry? This is Heat-Knicks. — Edwin.
A: Because the newest earlier Heat-Knicks playoff sport of consequence was in 2000. So until a 3-year-old Bam Adebayo was throwing his binkie on the tv as Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson have been squaring off, it was one other time, one other period. I don’t see Marcus Camby and Voshon Lenard having a lot impression on this collection.