Miami Heat fans could be getting a taste of something that many of us have missed for about 10 years. Not since the late 90's have Heat-Knicks games been anything to get the players and fans jacked up, but now that both teams have gotten back to playing great basketball, we could see the rekindling of another great Miami-New York rivalry.
The Knicks have done a very good job of rebounding after they stumbled out of the gate. They started the season just 3-8 but then won 13 of their next 14 games, suddenly becoming relevant again and putting themselves up in the same category of the other good teams in the Eastern Conference.
These teams faced each other about two weeks ago at Madison Square Garden and the Heat came away with the 113-91 win after outscoring the Knicks 56-34 in the 2nd half. Miami was led by LeBron James' triple double (32-11-10) and a combined 84 points from the Big 3. Miami held the Knicks to just 39% shooting and almost entirely shut them all down, including their star Amare Stoudemire.
At that time, Amare was trying to score 30 points in 10-straight games but Chris Bosh led the Heat big guys in a great defensive effort against Stourdemire. They stopped his streak at 9 games, holding Amare to 24 points on 11-for-28 shooting. The 17 missed shots were and still are a season-high for the Knicks prize free agent acquisition.
LeBron James will have an interesting home game experience; considering all the Knicks fans likely to be in attendance I'm sure there will be some scattered boo-ing whenever James has the ball. That being the case, LeBron might just have his best home game of the season. Remember, he always plays amazing when on the road in New York so maybe all the Knicks fans at the AAA will help out.
- Miami has won 6-straight games against the Knicks.
- The Heat has won 14 of their last 15 while New York has won 10 of 13.
- Both teams are coming off of Christmas wins. Miami won in LA while the Knicks took down Chicago at home.
- Over the last 4 seasons LeBron James is averaging 34.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 11 games against New York.
- Udonis Haslem (foot) is out for the Heat.
- On New York's injury list is Kelenna Azubuike (knee) and Eddy Curry (knee). Both are out for the Knicks.
This one should be pretty fun and I'm lucky enough to be going. I'm expecting it to be an amazing atmosphere, maybe even playoff like, with all the Knicks fans likely to be in attendance to keep the Heat fans loud and into every possession. Tipoff from the AAA is set for 7:30. Before we wrap up...below is my favorite Heat-Knicks moment during the D-Wade era. Enjoy!
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