The Miami Heat will host the New York Knicks today at the American Airlines Arena as they try and right the ship after losing to the Washington Wizards a few days ago.
One of the most anticipated games the NBA has seen thus far this season, the two teams sit atop the Eastern Conference and New York has already beat the Heat once this year.
Although, Carmelo Anthony is questionable for the game tonight and the Knicks are far from full force, this game has the potential to serve as a wake up call to a Miami team who has basically slept walked their way to 12-4 record.
New York’s confidence continues to grow as different guys step up each game, including the consistently erratic J.R. Smith who hit the game winner for the Knicks in their last game.
Taking on the Heat in Miami will be another hurdle the Knicks attempt to hurdle tonight as they look to establish themselves as legitimate contenders, especially in a weaker Eastern Conference.
Both Carmelo and LeBron can be found high on the list of MVP candidates early in the season, but there are other key match ups in this game as well.
Tyson Chandler and Chris Bosh, two very different “centers”. Chandler will look to protect the rim against two of the best slashers in the game today, Wade and James, while Bosh will do his best to pull him out and open up the lanes for his teammates.
Against superior size the Heat have struggled this year and this ultimately falls on Bosh’s shoulders who must learn to strive at the 5 for Miami.
Chandler is leading the league in field goal percentage and averaging nearly a double-double with 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds. On the other hand Bosh has looked very impressive this season as well even putting together a 40 point performance.
Off the bench each team has an x-factor. For NY it’s J.R. Smith and for the Miami it’s Ray Allen. Yet another key match up to keep your eye on tonight.
Whether or not Melo suits up for this one, the Heat will be defending their home court to the best of their ability. Be sure to tune in to watch two of the hottest teams in the league go at it head-to-head on South Beach.