For the first time this season the Miami Heat will match up against their archrival as the New York Knicks make their first visit of the season to South Florida. Before the season the Knicks were viewed as one of the teams to contend with the Heat for the Eastern Conference crown, but instead New York has hit an extremely rough patch, dropping 7 of their last 8 games.
The Knicks added Tyson Chandler to their roster in the offseason, teaming him up with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to create their own version of the Big 3. Similar to the Heat last season, the Knicks are going through serious growing pains. With the talent in their starting lineup, you have to think that eventually New York will start winning on a regular basis, but for now its trial by error for the Knickerbockers.
Miami is hoping to get Dwyane Wade back in the lineup tonight for the first time in their last six games. The Heat have been taking their time with Wade as he recuperates from a badly sprained right ankle. He'll be a game-time decision, but all signs point to him returning tonight. He has participated in on-court workouts for three straight days now, and it seems that his return is imminent, whether it be tonight against the Knicks or Sunday against the Bulls.
As for Miami's opponent, they are dealing with their own superstar injury issues. Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with various injuries for a while now, and the Knicks have finally decided to shut him down. Anthony will miss tonight's game against the Heat and tomorrows game in Houston. New York is hoping the time off will allow his injured wrist, ankle and thumb time to heal.
- Miami is 7-2 at home. The Knicks are 4-5 on the road.
- This is the first of 3 consecutive games at home for the Heat.
- New York has won two straight games against the Miami, though the Heat had won the previous seven.
- This is the first meeting of the season between the Heat and Knicks.
- Miami has won 5 of their last 6 games, giving up an average of 91.8 points in those games.
- Dwyane Wade (ankle) is listed as questionable for the Heat.
- As for New York, Baron Davis (back) is doubtful and Carmelo Anthony is has been ruled out. He is dealing with a sprained ankle, sprained thumb and sprained ankle.
Tipoff from the AAA is set for 8pm, with the game being broadcast nationally on ESPN and locally on Sun Sports.