Posted April 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
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...

James better prepared for playoffs this year

MIAMI - LeBron James was planning to go to the movies Saturday night. But if you think James had earned himself an evening off, think again. "I'm going to break down the film tonight," the Miami forward said shortly before he departed AmericanAirlines Arena following an afternoon of hard work. James had just scored 32 points in 32 minutes on 10-of-14 shooting and...

LeBron James and the indictment that is his third MVP

LeBron James of the Miami Heat is about to win his third MVP. That’s right, “Not one, not two, but three (Cue the smoke and music ‘bum, bum, bum’).” With his this MVP, LeBron will solidify himself as the best player of his generation (I’m not sure this is breaking news. I mean who is better than him? The only person close to him in this generation is Dwyane Wade, and...

LeBron James Catches Heat Following Flop That Draws Flagrant Foul on Tyson Chandler (Video)

The NBA: Where Flopping Happens. If there's one thing that most NBA fans hate more than LeBron James, it's flopping. So when James hit the deck during Saturday's Heat-Knicks first-round clash, it sent the Twitter world into a frenzy. James' apparent flop came as the second quarter was winding down. With New York bringing the ball up the floor, Knicks center Tyson...

James leads dominating performance as Heat tromp Knicks

MIAMI -- The New York Knicks entered the playoffs hot; the Miami Heat didn't. Saturday, LeBron James set the record straight. With the Heat forward scoring 32 points and spearheading a 24-2 run to close the second period, the Heat jumped to a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven opening-round playoff series with a 100-67 victory at American Airlines Arena. "They hit us in...

Wade, James having differing opinions on how the Heat season will end

The 2012 NBA playoffs are set to kick off tomorrow and all eyes will be on the Miami Heat and their super trio of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh after coming close to their first tile together last season. Now considering Miami has what many feel to be the best "Big Three" in the NBA and playing in a weakened Eastern Conference playoff bracket now that Orlando...

LeBron, Heat roll to big win over Knicks

LeBron James took the fourth quarter off. And Miami's postseason got off to a flying start. James scored 32 points after shooting 10 for 14 from the field, Dwyane Wade added 19 points in his first game back after dislocating his left index finger and the Heat rode the strength of a 32-2 run to easily beat the New York Knicks 100-67 in Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference...

For Heat, only a title will erase 2011 memories

No reminder is needed about 2006 when the Miami Heat are at home. Plastered all over all walls near the locker room are photos from their comeback Finals win that year over Dallas. As for the last years Finals against the Mavericks, there are no physical reminders. But guard Dwyane Wade believes teammates need to think about that painful loss before they step on the floor for Saturdays...

Stoudemire posterizes Tyrus Thomas

Amar’e Stoudemire wanted to finish off the regular in strong fashion, and he did just that in the form of one monster poster. Tyrus Thomas was the unfortunately on the receiving end of the dunk and he would have been better suited to just get out of the way. Article found on: Cosby Sweaters

LeBron does his best soccer flop in Heat win over Knicks

The New York Knicks were called for 21 fouls in the first half of a 100-67 demolition at the hands of the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday. The most absurd call had to be the flagrant foul called on the Knicks' Tyson Chandler against LeBron James.  Everyone knew the game would be physical but LeBron really sells this flop...

Heat favored to win NBA title

The money is with the Miami Heat. The Heat is 2-1 favorites to win the NBA championship, according to USA Today reported the online oddsmakers picked the Heat ahead of the Chicago Bulls (4-1), Oklahoma City Thunder (9-2), San Antonio Spurs (5-1) and every other team in the NBA. Miami is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference; Chicago is No. 1. San Antonio is the...

Knicks to sit 3 starters in finale vs. Bobcats

Looking towards the upcoming NBA playoffs, the New York Knicks rested three starters and planned to limit Amare Stoudemire's minutes Thursday night in the season finale against the Charlotte Bobcats. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said forward Carmelo Anthony, center Tyson Chandler and guard Baron Davis would not play. In addition, guard Toney Douglas was sick and would also...
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