Monday , Feb , 26 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Knicks welcome Heat to Garden

(Sports Network) – The New York Knicks aim to make up ground in the
playoff race this evening when they host the Miami Heat at Madison Square

The Knicks come into tonight’s game 10th overall in the East, two games out of
a playoff spot. The Heat, meanwhile, are seventh overall in the conference.

Miami’s playoff ideas took a hit last week when All-Star guard Dwyane Wade
dislocated his left shoulder against Houston. The Heat went on to loss that
game and then fell to the Mavericks on Thursday before bouncing back with an
86-81 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Shaquille O’Neal picked up the slack in Wade’s absence, scoring 19 points and
pulling down 11 rebounds to lead Miami past Cleveland. Jason Kapono also
posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards while Alonzo Mourning
poured in 15 points off the bench.

The Heat are now playing the waiting game with Wade, who is still weighing his
medical options with season-ending surgery a possibility.

The Heat will travel to Washington, which they trail by 4 1/2 games for the
lead in the Southeast Division, on Wednesday and are 11-18 as the visitor
this season.

The Knicks also had a chance to make up playoff ground on Sunday, but fell to
the New Jersey Nets, 101-92.

Stephon Marbury had 22 points for the Knicks, who have alternated wins and
loses over their past eight games. Eddy Curry donated 18 points and Channing
Frye tallied 15 points off the bench for New York.

Forward David Lee sat out for the second time in three games on Sunday with a
high right ankle sprain. He is questionable for tonight’s game as is guard
Steve Francis, who is out with the flu.

New York is 15-13 at home on the season, but will play in Boston on Wednesday.

This evening’s game will mark the fourth and final matchup between the two
clubs this season. New York owns a 2-1 edge over the Heat so far this year,
including a 116-96 home win on January 26 to end a five-game series home
losing streak.

The Heat, though, swept a three-game series last year and a four-game set in
2004-05 and have won nine of the last 12 overall.