Many injuries have stopped Miami's trio from playing together in more than 2 weeks. With Chris Bosh on the sidelines indefinitely, the Knicks are trying to reap the rewards as they attempt to stop a lengthy losing stretch versus the Heat.
Without Bosh & with Dwyane Wade battling migraines, the Heat start a span of 4 matchups within 5 days at MSG on Thursday evening by trying for their 8th consecutive victory versus the Knicks.
Bosh skipped his 2nd consecutive matchup having a high ankle sprain and Wade additionally rested on the sidelines Saturday's 120 - 103 victory against Toronto that broke Miami's high for the year 4 game losing stretch. Combined with LeBron skipping 2 matchups previously this month because of an ankle issue, the Heat's high powered superstars have not played together since January 12th.
Not having Bosh, the Heat ( 31 - 13 ) plan to go having a smaller rotation versus New York, meaning James will play many minutes at PF, something the League's 2 time current Most Valuable Player likes.
1 of those players might be Mike Miller, who nailed 6 of 11 three points shots & put in 32 points starting for Wade on Saturday.
Wade, putting in 35.1 points during his previous 8 matchups versus New York, is anticipated to play following wearing sunglasses in workouts to assist prevent an additional migraine attack. However, the Heat will miss the inside presence of Bosh, who put in twenty-six points during a 113 - 91 victory versus the Knicks on Dec 17th.
Miami will sandwich home court matchups versus the Pistons & the Cavs around a trip to Oklahoma City within their upcoming stretch.
New York's Amare Stoudemire is putting in 27.0 points & 10.5 boards in 2 matchups versus Miami, which includes a thirty point performance during a 106 - 98 defeat December 28th. He got thirty points & grabbed 9 boards as the Knicks ( 23 - 21 ) broke a 6 game losing stretch Monday having a 115 - 106 victory versus Washington.
Stoudemire ranks 2nd during the League this year, putting in 26.1 points, slightly ahead of James' 25.9. He's putting in 27.3 points while assisting the Knicks record an 11 - 9 result at Madison Square Garden.
New York, among the NBA leaders with 106.7 Points per game, will require an additional large effort from Wilson Chandler when they are trying to defeat the Heat for the 1st occasion since October 29th, 2008. Chandler, who puts in 17.1 points, has totaled thirty-eight points on 53.6 % from the floor versus the Heat in 2010-2011.
However, LeBron is putting in 38.6 points on 56.4 % from the floor during his previous 5 visits to Madison Square Garden, & Wade put in a personal best 55 versus New York on March 12th, 2009.