Talk about a major showdown! The Knicks have taken both meetings against the Miami Heat this season, winning both match-ups by over 20 points each. And yet the way that the media has been covering today’s game, you would think that those two games just don’t matter at all. Well, the best way for the Knicks to show the Heat that those games do matter is by winning today on national television.
The Heat enter today’s game with thirteen straight victories. I don’t know about you all, but that fact actually gives me a little irrational confidence for this game. After all, odds are they’re going to have to lose some time, right? So why not today? With the Indiana Pacers playing the Chicago Bulls later today, a win could see the Knicks return to sole possession of the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference (interestingly enough, currently the #6 seed is the Brooklyn Nets. Imagine a Knicks/Nets first round series? That’d be a blast, but I’d rather see the Knicks avoid it and play the Celtics instead).
The improved play recently of JR Smith has been a bit of a revelation, as the Knicks really seem to live and die by whether they get strong guard play. They did so early in the season and they haven’t had it very often since, but if JR Smith is good again, then the Knicks can beat any team in the league.
Okay, the Knicks have the big stage, let’s see them show everyone that they belong here.
Let’s go Knicks!