MIAMI — The Knicks’ dominance at middle was a significant component of their spectacular first-round playoff victory over the Cavaliers.

It’s holding them again to this point, nevertheless, in Spherical 2 in opposition to the Warmth.

Mitchell Robinson has but to make an affect, and in Sport 3, Miami’s Bam Adebayo was dominant, totally outplaying Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein.

Adebayo was one of many keys to Miami’s 105-86 rout of the Knicks, producing 17 factors, 12 rebounds and a block.

Collectively, Robinson and Hartenstein mixed for simply two factors and eight rebounds. Robinson performed 14 minutes.

“He was simply extra bodily,” Hartenstein stated of Adebayo. “I feel that’s at all times been a giant factor for us. … I assumed it was extra on our finish, we simply weren’t locked in on sure moments. They obtained all of the 50-50 balls, they have been at all times there on rotation and I feel we have been at all times a step sluggish.”

The underwhelming play of the Knicks’ huge males led coach Tom Thibodeau to go to a small-ball lineup within the fourth quarter, with Julius Randle and Obi Toppin up entrance.

It didn’t yield a lot in the way in which of constructive outcomes.

Bam Adebayo dunks on Knicks middle Isaiah Hartenstein
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With 14.1 seconds left within the third quarter, tempers flared considerably after an Immanuel Quickley basket.

Miami’s Cody Zeller pushed Randle to the bottom and technical fouls got to Zeller and Hartenstein, whereas the Warmth’s Caleb Martin was assessed an unsportsmanlike technical foul.

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“I’m gonna shield my teammate, it doesn’t matter what,” Harenstein stated. “I noticed him push Julius to the bottom and regardless of who it’s, I’m at all times going to guard my teammate. That’s what I assumed was needed at the moment.”

Requested in regards to the incident, Randle stated it wasn’t related to the sport.

The Knicks have been outscored in eight of 12 quarters on this collection. … Their 86 factors have been a playoff-low, and their fewest this season. … It was simply the second time in eight playoff video games the Knicks have been out-rebounded. They misplaced the battle on the boards, 50-48.

Quick Break


Generally the plain reply is the precise one.

Six-time All-Star Jimmy Butler returned after lacking Sport 2 with a sprained ankle and scored a game-high 28 factors in 36 minutes to assist the Warmth to a 2-1 collection lead.


Take your choose, actually, among the many Knicks, who performed a dreadful sport, however their huge three of main scorers Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett shot a mixed 16-for-51 from the ground and 2-for-17 from 3-point vary.

RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein
RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein
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Unsung hero

All-Star middle Bam Adebayo was displeased together with his Sport 2 efficiency, however he outplayed the Knicks’ down-low combo of Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hartenstein on Saturday with 17 factors and 12 rebounds.

Robinson and Hartenstein mixed for 2 factors, eight boards and 6 private fouls.

Key stat

20.3: The Knicks’ taking pictures share from 3-point vary (15-for-74) of their two defeats this collection, together with 8-for-40 in Sport 3.

Of their lone win, they shot 40 p.c from 3-point vary (16-for-40).

— Peter Botte