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The Knicks (Gulp) Have to Play the Heat Tonight

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks is guarded by LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on February 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

A strong argument could be made that the highlight of Carmelo Anthony's, Amar'e Stoudemire's, and Mike D'Antoni's Knicks tenures happened exactly eleven months ago today. (They also beat the Heat, pre-Carmelo, exactly a year ago today. A handy date, the 27th.)  On February 27, 2011, the Knicks went into Miami and won 91-87.

It was quite the thrilling win. Let us not forget the terrific, enticing, hey-those-two-can-play-defense-together! final play.

After that night, the world looked like it were the Knicks' for the taking. The Knicks were back, baby! And since that night, in the last eleven months, the Knicks are 19-28. Yipes.

Tonight, the Knicks return to Miami for the first time since that night, and their prospects feel decidedly worse. The offense is a mess, there is still no point guard, and, oh yeah, LeBron James always saves a trick or two for when he's playing the Knicks. Oh, also, there's a tiny possibility that Dwyane Wade will return after an ankle injury kept him out for nine games. So, just wonderful.

Also, LeBron's making fun of them a little bit:

Sitting in the visitors’ locker room at the Palace of Auburn Hills after leading his Miami team to a three-point victory over a pesky Detroit Pistons team, James was told by a member of the Heat’s traveling party that the Knicks had suffered their latest brutal loss, against his former team .

“Oooh,” James said quietly. “That’s not good.”

Hey, maybe he was saying that because he knows the Knicks will be all fired-up after such a embarrassing loss? Maybe?
Yeah, it's pretty much the worst possible time for the Knicks to be playing the Heat. You never know: Perhaps this is the night the Knicks pull it all together, in front of a national television audience, and turn their whole season around. Wait: Yeah, you do — you do know that's not going to happen?
The "good" news is that it's an ESPN game, which means Time Warner and MSG can't black it out. Though that might not be good news.
Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images