Carmelo Anthony's first game with the Knicks had a magical feeling.
That magic was lost when the Knicks lost to the lowly Cavaliers on Friday night.
But Anthony has another opportunity to restore team energy in front of a nationally televised audience when LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh host the Knicks on Sunday Night.
The Heat, who have been recently led by red-hot Dwyane Wade, are coming off a victory over the Washington Wizards, after a difficult loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Wade is shooting better than 51 percent from the field this month, and has scored 41 points in two of his last five games.
While Wade has been burning it up, Chris Bosh had a terrible performance against the Bulls. The power forward shot just one for 18 from the field, and appeared to have flopped on a Carlos Boozer offensive foul.
Bosh put together a 15-point, eight-rebound performance against the Wizards on Friday night, both below season averages. Bosh, though, is still having a solid season with two great scorers on his team.
Then there's LeBron James.
In February, the superstar forward has been his typical dominant self. On the road against Florida rival Orlando Magic on February 3, James's line was fantastic: 51 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists. When James is more focused than he normally is, he's basically unstoppable.
James will certainly be inspired on Sunday when he faces his friend Anthony and the team that he considered playing for when he was a free agent this past summer.
The Heat have won two of the three games against the Knicks this season, but lost the last meeting on January 27 at Madison Square Garden, 93-88, in a game where James shot just seven of 24 from the field.
Of course, now things are different with Anthony and Chauncey Billups on the team.
Billups has averaged 23.5 points per game in his two appearances with the Knicks.
In Friday night's loss, Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points to rebound from a subpar game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
With such high-profiled players on one court, this game means more.
In New York, there are some who think this Knicks team can make some real noise in the playoffs.
On Sunday night, they get to see how good they are.