Tonight the Miami Heat (26-7) welcome the new-look New York Knicks (17-17) to the American Airlines Arena. The Heat have won 7 straight games and have really been coming together as a team. They’re shooting lights out and beating teams by over 10 points consistently. The Knicks have been a different team since Jeremy Lin was inserted into the starting lineup and the Heat have never seen this Knicks team before.
Miami just needs to keep doing what they are doing. LeBron playing like and MVP, D-Wade shooting lights out, and Bosh stepping it up and knocking down jumpers. Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony are going to have their hands full with Tyson Chandler and Amare, so Bosh should get open quite a bit and hit some shots. The key for Miami is to play great defense and to keep shooting well. Boxing out and and getting rebounds, while not turning the ball over, will give Miami more 2nd chance points.
New York is a completely different team from their first meeting earlier this season. “Linsanity” is now the point-guard and they now have a great bench that includes newly-signed J.R. Smith and little-known Steve Novak. Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire have been rusty as of late, after both missing a few games in a row. Miami always has to watch out for the Knicks 3-point shooting. The Knicks can stroke it when they get hot and that can be a Heat killer. If Lin keeps driving it in and kicking it out, it could end up being a problem for Miami.
Miami is looking to continue their winning streak to 8 games tonight, but face a very tough test from these New York Knicks. It is a big game, but could also be a preview of a possible playoff matchup. I never thought the day would come where headlines are Lin vs. LeBron, but then again I never thought the Knicks-Heat series would be feisty again. We will see tonight, but it’s definitely going to be a good one.
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