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Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  37 responses

Baron Davis: Knicks Can Pull Off Upset Similar to the 2007 Warriors


Baron Davis spear-headed what was arguably the greatest upset in NBA Playoff history as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2007, and he sees no reason his Knicks can’t pull off the same feat against the Miami Heat this year. From the NY Daily News: “Baron Davis once led the Golden State Warriors to one of the biggest playoff upsets in NBA history, and the veteran point guard believes this Knicks team has the same qualities to shock either Miami or Chicago this year. ‘The thing we had with the Warriors is that we knew we could win that series and we wanted to win that series,’ Davis said on Thursday, recalling the eighth-seeded Warriors’ 2007 first-round upset of the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks. ‘The confidence was there. We share that same type energy here knowing that no one is counting us in it to win it. But we believe in ourselves and our ability to be able to stop people down the stretch and we have two of the best scorers in the game. If the game is tight we know that we have a good chance of winning.’ Five years ago, the Warriors became only the third eighth seed to upset a No. 1 and the first since the opening round went from best-of-five games to the current best-of-seven. The Denver Nuggets (1994 over Seattle) and the Knicks (1999 over Miami) are the only other No. 8 seeds to win a series.”

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  • JML-G

    not happening

  • ALD

    JINX

  • Bravo

    I’d like to see this happen. If it dose I am no longer considering the heat as contenders.

  • RIGGS

    They could if they were 100% healthy and clicking together since 2 months ago. Unfortunately for them, none of that is happening and theyre getting ousted.

  • Yann Blavec

    Loutsanity

  • FLIGHT 9

    Shut up and just do it!!!! i hate the miami heat!

  • 130623

    Yeah and the bobcats COULD win the whole thing next year!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    They will come closer than people expect. Watch.

  • AsadSaleh3

    The Miami Heat aren’t the 07 Mavs. MSG will not be like that Oakland arena was during those home games for the Warriors. Too many celebrities, not enough true basketball fans. LeBron and Wade will not allow this series to get too crazy. 5 or 6 games and on to the 2nd round.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    I don’t know history could repeat itself, the last shortened season the Knicks did upset the Heat. But Lebron does love to play in the MSG

  • bike

    The Knick have had at least 7 distinct chapters this season. Anthony has a history of beating LeBron when it counts.
    Hell, given the huge ups and downs this team has had, it could freakin’ happen.

  • Layzie

    @ asad..MSG don’t have enough true basketball fans? You should know basketball is worshipped in new york city. That arena is always packed no matter how good or bad the knicks are.

  • Ash

    I could see this happening, I did not want to play the Knicks in the 1st round. But I expect Miami to win in 6 games

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The Knicks are the only team in the playoffs trying to convince themselves and the media that they can beat their 1st round opponent.

  • Dungeon Family

    If Knicks Bench can hit them 3′s They could do it

  • Byebye

    @bike
    Carmelo has been out the first round once in his life with waaaaay better teams than labron ever played with
    And they have never played in a meaningful game ever thank you

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    As a heat fan i think it could be an upset.
    I hope Lebron comes out and kills the knicks.
    Lets go Heat.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Melo vs bron in a series, yes!!!

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    The Knicks have the components to beat Miami. The Heat don’t guard the 3 well, the Knicks bench has been playing pretty well (unlike Miami’s bench) and the Knicks have a closer (aka Young Melo). Wouldnt be surprised if this series goes the distance!

  • bull22

    if carmelo plays like he did when he got the triple double they would have a chance. but carmelo does not have a high basketball iq to make it happen.

  • greg

    if they had lin jr and novak off the bench id say its hella possible. but without that penetrating guard, they will have to beat miami with jumpers because thats all their defense allows

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the 2007 Warriors were a buzzsaw to that Dallas team. The Knicks strengths are where Miami is even stronger (except for defensively at the Center position). Tyson Chandler has to absolutely dominate the paint on the defensive end for New York to even have a chance.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qNzF0mZUPI MeloMan15

    @ByeBye: Melo also played in the western conference at its peak of density… No doubt in my mind Lebron would’ve had the same struggles if he was in the west

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    the knicks have an advantage virtually nowhere on the heat. like none. I’ll grant the center position and the 3 point shooting but they are not as good at 3′s as certain people would like to think. i see a sweep.

  • AsadSaleh3

    New York loves basketball, very true. But in Oakland, those fans were 100% behind that team. Oakland isn’t known as the basketball metropolis that New York is so the fans wanted their respect. That team wanted respect. It was almost as if the Mavs had to play both the team and their fans. No superstars on that Warriors team. All of that came into play. There are no signs showing that the Knicks are the ultimate underdog going up against the Heat. They have Melo and Amar’e. Tyson Chandler is no slouch. If Jeremy Lin was playing, it would be a different story with the fan base. Linsanity only comes into the picture when he plays and that would be the type of energy that could drive the team to really give Miami a fight. But without him, I don’t think MSG will be as lively as the Oakland arena was in 07.

  • AsadSaleh3

    I don’t think LeBron would have had too much trouble in the West. If he was on that Nuggets team, they would have been neck and neck with the Lakers. Melo’s major problem was his lack of leadership. The Nuggets didn’t get anywhere really until Chauncey Billups showed up and led that team. Melo is a great player, but he’s not the best leader. You are what you are. Melo is one of the best scorers in the league, but he’s never really made his teammates better.

  • lakernation

    If this does happens, every lebron fan will kill themselves, meaning we wont hear another word from them for the rest of lebrons career. Cant wait for the PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!

  • AQWORD

    ^^^ All i got to say to that is ‘ PUNKS JUMP UP TO GET BEAT DOWN! !! ^^^^

  • Jer Boi

    @ByeBye the Nuggets team that went to the West Finals was not better then the Heat team LeBron had last year against a weak Eastern Conference.

  • vtrobot

    I hope it happens, but it wouldn’t be bigger than the GS/DAL upset.

  • http://Slamonline.com Gab

    Baron Davis. in your f#%*ing Dreams.

  • RIGGS

    ASAD you have absolutely no idea what youre talking about. Knicks fans are more celebrities than basketball fans? eff outta here. that might be true for at MOST the first row.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Lebron would’ve had that nuggets team in the finals at least twice by the way… In fact he probably could’ve won a ring. Melo had awesome teams, and George Karl is such an upgrade from Mike Brown offensively.

  • Rainman

    LOL someone said NY doesnt have a loud crowd.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Baron Davis speaks the truth. I mean, it’s not like Miami is unbeatable or something.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    All Davis has to do is play like it’s 2007 and they can upset the Heat. LOL. Charles Barkley had an interesting take on that series yesterday. It may come down the Bosh-Stoudemire matchup. Wade is gonna have his hands full with Shumpert (especially on defense), and LeBron and Anthony will essentially cancel each other out. (assuming of course that Carmelo plays some D which is not a given)so the key matchup is Bosh-Stoudemire. We’ll see. But personally, I expect a closer series than most people seem to expect and the Heat may be facing an upset if they are not locked in.

  • ClydeSays

    Davis actually shot the ball well, but submitted this ugly stat line (10pts, 2 assists, 1 board, 3 turnovers, 4 pf). And he was one of the better players on the floor…

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