Insert Felton and Kidd for Lin and Bibby...
Kidd better be 2011 Kidd with Dallas if the Knicks meet the Heat.
A healthy Shumpert, who although hasn't been able to score, still plays solid D...
No he doesn't... Hes slower and more hesitant (obviously because hes coming off the ACL injury) this year. Plus, hes limited offensively. Occasionally takes drives at the rim, but hes primarily a spot up 3 point shooter.
JR Smith having the best year of his career...
Yep, he is. But do you trust him against the Heat in a series?
Defensively, this Knick team is head and shoulders about last season...
This is more about Boston playing absolutely TERRIBLE offense in the 2nd half of both games in the series (Rondo out)
Last year was near the bottom of the NBA in turnovers but this season #1 in the league...
This is damn significant because it will limit the Heat's fastbreak opportunities if they don't turn it over.
I'll change my original statement in the OP.
I'll give the Knicks 1 game. Heat in 5.