Randle and Thibodeau regretted their lack of effort in tracking down rebounds and loose balls.
The Heat eliminated the Knicks’ greatest strengths: rebounds and second-chance points. The Knicks were minus-9 in rebounding and minus-5 in offensive rebounds, which resulted in a 17-7 Heat lead in second-chance scoring.
“Maybe they want it more. I do not know. That’s who we’ve been all year and we need to find a way to step up and make those plays if we’re going to keep this season alive,” Randle said.
“We have to find a corpse on people. They go long, we run and the ball goes over our heads,” added Thibodeau.