A preview of the New York Knicks/Miami Heat game which will tip-off at 8 PM tonight. Make sure to follow Turn On The Knicks on Twitter right here for live commentary
Current Standings – New York: 46-26, 3rd in the Eastern Conference (0.5 games behind Indiana and 11.5 games behind Miami) 1st in Atlantic Division (4.5 games ahead of Brooklyn). Miami: 58-15, 1st in the Eastern Conference (17.0 game division lead on Atlanta)
Injury Update – New York: Game-Time Decision – C, Tyson Chandler (Stiff Neck) OUT - PF/C, Rasheed Wallace (Foot), PF, Amar’e Stoudemire (Knee), PF, Kurt Thomas (Foot) Miami: OUT - SF, LeBron James (Strained Right Hamstring), SG, Dwayne Wade (Sprained Right Ankle), PG, Mario Chalmers (Sprained Right Ankle)
Previous Meeting - On Sunday, March 3rd, the Knicks lost at home to the Heat 99-93 after leading by 16 points at halftime. Carmelo Anthony had the game-high points total with 32.
Knicks Win If – With Miami’s LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers all sitting out, the Knicks need to limit high-percentage scoring opportunities for Bosh and open looks for the Heat shooters. Due to Miami’s injuries, slowing down their transition offense will not play the main role to the Knicks’ success as it usually would.
Knicks Lose If – The Knicks cannot let the absence of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Mario Chalmers cause them underestimate the Heat with who is still left. If Bosh is able to step up and Miami’s shooters get hot, the Knicks could have some serious trouble.
Key Matchup – Kenyon Martin vs. Chris Bosh. Kenyon Martin has been stepping up big in Tyson Chandler’s absence but Chris Bosh will be one of his more dynamic and polished defensive assignments during that time. The Knicks’ frontcourt is limited due to injury so Martin cannot let himself get into foul trouble or Bosh get in a groove.
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