Preview: Heat welcome back rival Knicks to AA Arena

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat will be shorthanded again, and probably for the rest of the season, but those who will play will surely do their best to stop the resurgent New York Knicks at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Miami Heat wrap up their regular season series with the New York Knicks Tuesday night but it seems like these two teams are on a collision course to meet in the playoffs very soon.

In the meantime, the Knicks will likely face a shorthanded squad sure to miss a few starters, though their depth was on display Sunday night when Chris Bosh led Miami to a thrilling victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

After beating the Heat in November and December by a margin of 20 points each (while the defending champs were just getting warmed up this season) the Knicks lost in their third matchup 99-93 early last month while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were leading their team as they were building the second largest winning streak in NBA history. After victories in their next two games, the Knicks then lost 5 of their next 6 games right before beginning their own impressive winning streak and currently now have the longest one in the NBA with eight games in a row.

James, Wade and fellow starter Mario Chalmers are all questionable for tonight's game, which will be nationally televised by TNT at 8:00PM, which may take some of the luster out of the historically entertaining rivalry, though there almost assuredly will be plenty of entertainment tonight.

Knicks center Tyson Chandler (neck) will be a game-time decision.

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