|Lebron Jasmes took over in New York Thursday night. (Getty Images)|
Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.
|Oklahoma City Thunder||The jumpers were wet, and when that happens, you're doomed against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ball movement, rotations to find the open shooter, quality, sharp execution, and a hungry active defense. The Thunder had the formula. The Mavs looked too old to keep up, the Thunder looked too young to slow down. Oklahoma City, two years removed from being a scrappy underdog losing in six games to the reigning champs, walked into the house of the team that beat them a year ago and waxed them. The Thunder sent a message Thursday night.|
|Miami Heat||It wasn't a great game from Miami. They missed a lot of shots, and needed a burst from Dwayne Wade in the third and a huge close from LeBron to seal it. But they did. They held New York to a a 68.3 offensive efficiency in the second half. That's dominant defense and they slammed the door on the Knicks hand.|
|Dallas Mavericks||No one can ever take the ring away. But this team was never whole. It was looking to the future, to the free agency of 2012, to the implications of the repeater tax in the new CBA, to a roster getting older. They made a run, took some gambles, it didn't work out. But this team got housed in its own house, and that's never a good look. The Mavericks just didn't have it.|
|New York Knicks||They got some calls (check the free throw advantage). They got the system Carmelo Anthony wanted (ISO ISO ISO all the time). They got the kind of defensive effort for three quarters they needed. But they didn't have enough offense, and they didn't have LeBron. A crushing loss for the Knicks and they're on the face of another playoff sweep. A brutal loss in a game they had convinced themselves they could win. They could not.|