Miami Heat Look to Close Out New York Knicks at Home

Apr 28, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (left) and shooting guard Dwyane Wade (right) during the first half of game one in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Knicks of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Coming off a nail biting loss at Madison Square Garden, the Miami Heat will look to wrap up their 1st round series with the New York Knicks in a pivotal close out game.

The Knicks ended a NBA record 13 straight playoff losses but will have their hands full trying to prolong this series. Of the 101 teams that lost the first 3 games in a NBA best of 7 series, none were able to climb back as the victor. Not only is history against the Knicks. but so is their depreciated roster, which is now without starting point guard Baron Davis, who dislocated his kneecap and tore two ligaments in the previous game.

Mike Woodson addressed the speculation of a Jeremy Lin return in this series, indicating that the Knicks have no intention of playing him. Mike Bibby is expected to get the start in Davis's absence.

The Heat have spent that last two days practicing and reviewing tape to pinpoint what went wrong in their last game. Miami came into game 4 with an average margin of victory of 20 points but uncharacteristically played sloppy on Sunday, missing 11 free throws and relinquishing two double digit leads, one of which at the hands of a 19-2 run in the third quarter.

Dwyane Wade struggle with his shot on Sunday going just 4-11 from the free throw line but expressed assurance that the Heat would be ready for their close out game.

"They'll bring something different so we've got to be prepared, in a sense like it's a regular-season game. "It'll be a little tougher. Five games in, everyone pretty much knows each other's offensive package a little bit. You can throw a couple wrinkles in but you kind of get to the point now where you start to know what guys are going to do." - Wade said

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will look to close the door on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks and perhaps cemented extra motivation and concentration by viewing the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers inability to finish their 1st round series.

The Heat are 1 win away from the Eastern Semi-Conference Finals and will look to do so tonight at American Airlines Arena. The Heat are set to face the Indiana Pacers in the next round.

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