The jokes are endless, and the punchlines are the talk of the NBA. Yet, while everyone wants to focus on Amare Stoudemire's ridiculous punch of the glass around a fire extinguisher, and it was stupid, it doesn't really matter in the end.
Punches aside, it doesn't change the simple fact of this series; the Knicks never had a chance against the Heat.
The Knicks power forward is a shell of his former self, while Carmelo Anthony never met a shot he didn't like. Meantime, New York has no answer for the freight train known as LeBron James. Those are the facts, and they were evident well before Stoudemire decided to pick a fight with a fire protection device.
The Knicks are frustrated, and they should be. It's never a good feeling to know that you're not good enough. They're learning that the hard way.
Most of us in South Florida knew that beforehand because we've seen this team for two seasons now. Yes, they can be inconsistent at times, but one thing is clear, few teams in the NBA can match the 1-2 punch of LeBron and Dwyane Wade.
Down the road in these playoffs, some teams may have a chance to slow Miami down, but it was never going to be New York.
So, we can all laugh about Stoudemire's dumb move and chuckle at the clever headlines in New York. Just don't forget the real headline: to extinguish the Heat out of the playoffs, it's going to take a lot more than a punch.
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