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Preview: Heat revisit site of All-Star 2015, take on Knicks in the Garden

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The Heat return to the Garden to take on the Knicks in a matchup much different than the last.

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Game Story:

After resting up during the much needed All-Star break, the Miami Heat have traveled to New York to take on the Knicks in the aftermath of the 2015 All-Star Game for a matchup that will look much different than when these two teams last played 11 short days ago.

For Miami, the All-Star break allowed for Dwyane Wade to regain his health and return to the starting lineup.  Conversely, for the struggling Knicks, they will be without some of their higher profile pieces, as they have reached a buyout agreement with Amar’e Stoudemire.  The Knicks have also confirmed that they have ruled Carmelo Anthony out for the remainder of the season, Anthony is suffering from a knee injury.

Trade Deadline:

GORAN DRAGIC!!! Pat Riley pulled yet another rabbit out of his hat as he traded for PG Goran Dragic, as well as his brother Zoran at the end of Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Heat gave up Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Danny Granger and Justin Hamilton, along with 2 future first round draft picks. Dragic fills a gaping hole at the point guard position for the Heat. This move also allows for Mario Chalmers to move back to the 6th man role, where he thrived earlier this season.

Injury Report:

Chris Bosh was taken to a Miami area hospital on Thursday for testing in his lungs; he is unavailable for Friday night’s game.

Although the Dragic brothers are officially on the Heat’s roster, they will not travel to New York with the team; instead they will be in Miami taking team-mandated physicals. They will most likely make their Heat debuts on Saturday vs. New Orleans.

Probable Starters:


  • Luol Deng
  • Udonis Haslem
  • Hassan Whiteside
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Mario Chalmers


  • Jason Smith
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • Lou Amundson
  • Jose Calderon
  • Langston Galloway


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