Tag: Mike Bibby

Miami Heat's Wade scores past New York Knicks' Stoudemire and Chandler during Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff in Miami

Video: Mike Bibby loses shoe, Dwyane Wade “helps” him


This was my favorite little moment from Tuesday night’s playoff action. Somehow little Mike Bibby ends up with a rebound and literally had to jump out of his shoe to get it. He was without his shoe.

Dwyane Wade, remembering how much Bibby “helped” the Heat on their playoff run last year, decides to “help” Bibby with his shoe. It made me laugh.

Although, as Dan Devine noted at Ball Don’t Lie, the Knicks are so much worse with Bibby on the floor (14 points per 100 possessions) that Wade should be doing all he can to keep Bibby in the game. But sometimes instincts take over.

Teams bounce back from playoff blowouts, but can Knicks?

New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

NBA playoff history is filled with teams who got blown out one game who bounced back the next game and won. Games and series can take dramatic swings.

But after watching Game 1, when the Heat rolled the Knicks behind a big game from LeBron James, you have to wonder if the Knicks can do it.

Maybe, but they need a lot of things to go right. Which is kind of the story of this series.

Health is at the forefront. Tyson Chandler will start for the Knicks after being slowed in Game 1 due to the flu, and New York needs him to be dominant inside. The Knicks also will start Baron Davis, who had a nice first half last game until his back tightened up and he sat the rest of the way.

Landry Fields will start at the two guard spot for the injured Iman Shumpert, who suffered an ACL knee injury in Game 1. J.R. Smith will get more minutes but he will still come off the bench.

The Knicks also need to get their offense firing.

What Miami did best in Game 1 was take Carmelo Anthony out of his comfort zones catching the ball — the result was he had just 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting — and that threw the entire isolation-heavy Knicks offense off rhythm. The Heat fronted him in the post and did not let him get the ball in the spots he likes it. The Heat will bring more and different looks at Anthony in Game 2, which means plenty of LeBron James and doubles, looking to do the same thing.

New York needs to get ‘Melo in a groove, taking steps to get him in isolations where he can succeed. That starts with counters when the post is fronted.

Ball movement and other guys are the key here for the Knicks — if the double is coming to Carmelo then someone else has to be open. New York must rotate the ball to the weak side then knock down the shots. Other guys — particularly guys with range like J.R. Smith and Steve Novak have to step up.

The Knicks also need more out of Amare Stoudemire.

But to make him work means one of the Knicks point guards has to step up. That would be Davis, because you can’t really expect Mike Bibby to do that.

Finally, the Knicks need to contain LeBron and Dwyane Wade — no, Wade was not a force in Game 1 but he had Shumpert on him, the Knicks best perimeter defender. Look for the Heat to attack with him more.

That’s a lot of things that need to go better for the Knicks, which is kind of the story of this series — the Knicks have a very small margin for error, the Heat have pretty big one. Still, I expect Game 2 will be closer than Game 1, and that ‘Melo will have a better outing. The Knicks had better hope so.

Mike Woodson talks about starting Mike Bibby in the playoffs

Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

From the NY Post’s Marc Berman:

Don’t be shocked if [Mike Bibby] winds up starting playoff games, with all of Baron’s injuries. Woodson got him 36 minutes in Newark, no limits like with Baron. 8 assists, 1 turnover. That’s what Woody cares about. Bibby has played in 100 career playoff games. That matters to Woody. “In games like this, you need a stable guy out there that can direct traffic. He played a lot of minutes. I thought he was solid all the way through in terms of running our offense.”

Woodson coached Bibby when the 33-year old Arizona product was in Atlanta, so he’s certainly familiar with Bibby’s game. Bibby was picked up by the Heat after the deadline last season, but ended up being a disaster of historic proportions in the playoffs. Bibby averaged 3.7 points per game on 28.1% shooting in 20.8 minutes a game in last season’s playoffs. From a PER standpoint, Bibby had what could be considered the worst playoff run in NBA history. Still, with Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis both battling injuries, the Knicks may have no choice but to hope Bibby can bounce back from last year’s playoffs this time around.

Video: Frank Isola talking Knicks on NBC SportsTalk

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Before the Knicks went out and won their fourth game in a row under Mike Woodson, this time beating the Raptors at home, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News was on NBC’s SportsTalk (on the NBC Sports Network) talking about where the credit for this run should go.

No, it’s not Mike Bibby. He said the pressure was on Carmelo Anthony after D’Antoni left, and he has stepped up.

Derek Fisher still wants to play, is seeking contenders

Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

Derek Fisher has gone through the waiver process — no team was going to absorb his full $3.4 million salary — and now has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets got him in a trade deadline deal for Jordan Hill and a pick but Fisher asked to negotiate a buyout.

He still wants to play, but he wants to do so for a contender his publicist told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

“Derek’s desire to win a sixth championship is what drives him and will continue to drive him as he moves forward,” said Jamie Wior in a statement Sunday night.

So what contenders might want him? When he was a free agent a year ago the Miami Heat expressed interest, although they are more solid at the point guard spot now (Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole) than they were then (Mike Bibby). There also are reports the Spurs and Thunder may have interest — the Thunder are without Russell Westbrook’s backup Eric Maynor for the rest of the season.

No contending team is going to have a lot of minutes to give, but some could use his veteran presence in the locker room during the playoffs.