W2W4: Knicks at Heat
April, 2, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
The Knicks are looking to make a splash in Miami on Tuesday. With a win, they can take the regular-season series with the Heat for the first time since 2007-08.
New York is 2-1 against the Heat this season.
The Knicks can also extend their winning streak to nine games and snap Miami's 17-game home winning streak with a victory.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Here are a few things to keep an eye on during the game:
TAKING ATTENDANCE: Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will not play. That doesn't mean the game is a lock for the Knicks, though.
Miami beat San Antonio without James, Wade and Chalmers on Sunday. The Heat are also 6-1 in the past three seasons when only one of its Big Three (James, Wade and Chris Bosh) plays.
The Heat average 3.9 points more per 100 possessions than opponents when James or Wade are off the court, which would still rank as the eighth-best differential in the NBA this season, per ESPN Stats & Information.
On the Knicks' side, Tyson Chandler is questionable. He has missed the Knicks' past 10 games due to a bulging disk in his neck.
A DRIVEN J.R.: J.R. Smith's success of late has been, in large part, due to an emphasis on driving to the basket.
In the past four games, Smith has had a total of 42 drives to the rim, from which 58 points were produced. He went 21-of-31 from the field on drives and was 16-of-19 from the foul line.
Overall, Smith has gone 39-of-72 from the field in the past four games. Nearly 59 percent of Smith’s attempts during that span have come in the paint. On the season, only 25 percent of his attempts have been in the paint, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
LIVE BY THE 3, DIE BY THE 3: If the Knicks shoot the 3-pointer well, they should have a good shot to take out Miami. New York made an eye-popping 37 3s in its first two wins over Miami. In their last loss, the Knicks went just 8-for-29 (27.6 percent) from the arc. In the first two games, they shot a combined 46 percent.
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