Posted April 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
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LeBron James started thinking about what a playoff opener against the New York Knicks would mean a few days ago. Amare Stoudemire started talking about taking down the Miami Heat a few months ago. Here they are. One of the most hotly contested NBA postseason rivalries of a generation ago is about to be rekindled. The second-seeded Heat open defense of their Eastern Conference championship - and look to take the first step toward grabbing a bigger prize - when they host Game 1 of the playoffs against the seventh-seeded Knicks on Saturday afternoon. Miami went 3-0 against the Knicks this season, two of those wins coming before New York ended the regular season with 18 victories in 24 outings. ''We're all looking forward to the challenge again,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday. ''And what we did was recommit to an unknowable future. There's more than a handful of teams that feel exactly like us right now, that feel like they have a legitimate...
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