Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
When: 7:30PM EST
Televison: Sun Sports
New York Knicks
PG - Chris Duhon
SG - Wilson Chandler
SF - Jared Jeffries
PF - Al Harrington
C - David Lee
PG - Mario Chalmers
SG - Dwyane Wade
SF - Quentin Richardson
PF - Michael Beasley
C - Jermaine O'Neal
The Miami Heat were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks last season. Dwayne Wade did everything he could to carry the team on his back, leading the NBA in scoring with 30.2 points a game in the process. This season he must accept that challenge once again.
Wade refused to sign a contract extansion with the team that drafted him in 2003 over the summer. With the star guard being eligible for free agency at the end of the season, the Miami Heat did the bare minimum to keep him happy.
Miami added SG Quentin Richardson in a trade that sent Mark Blount to the Minnesota Timberwolves and signed PG Carlos Arroyo, who was playing over seas.
The Heat have lost three season openers in a row, including last year's loss to the Knicks in New York. The home team has won the last four meetings between these two clubs.
New York has not had a winning season since 2000-2001. With Isiah Thomas out as President, New York will try to return to their winnings ways. They were able to re-sign Slam Dunk Champion PG Nate Robinson and PF/C David Lee at the the end of September - perhaps the best personnel moves they have made in a long time.
The Heat-Knicks rivalry spans back to the 90's, when both franchises were competing for a title every season. Although both teams have not faced off in significant match-ups as of late, the rivalry always seems to re-ignite whenever its game time. Expect a surprisingly exciting duel.