Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 11/2/12
Though the New York Marathon has been officially cancelled, the Knicks and Heat are still set to rumble at the Garden tonight. With their matchup against the Nets from Thursday now postponed, Friday night's contest will be the official opening night of New York's season.With just hours remaining until the two teams hit the hardwood, let's take a look at where everyone's heads are at heading into the game.Clearly, devastation has overtaken the state of New York this week. With all that's gone on in the area, Dwyane Wade is someone who isn't so sure his team should be playing at all. The guard sparked quite a controversy when he expressed his thoughts via Twitter. Though he appeared to complain about the traffic, what he was apparently expressing was frustration that members of his team needed to venture into New York City to a play a game, rather than aid the less fortunate. Wade has since announced he'll be donating his salary from the game to Sandy relief efforts.Whether Wade likes it or not, there's a game to be played nevertheless.While they wanted to hit the ground running at full strength to start off what seemed (or still seems, perhaps) like a promising season, the Knicks have already been bitten hard by the injury bug. Abby Sims of CBS examines the long-term injuries to key players like Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, as well as the recent attempts to get healthy by players like Marcus Camby, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith in her latest work.Though STAT and Shump are out for the long-haul, our pal Nate Taylor notes that the Knicks are surprisingly at full strength at the point guard position. With three solid floor generals in Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni, perhaps New York will indeed start things off on the right foot.Collectively, the said guards represent a much more formidable combination than the team was left with  prior to the start of last season. Look for the trio to make an effort to take control of the offense early.With the promise of Felton, Kidd, and Prigioni considered, it's easy to venture down a more positive road when it comes to thinking about the Knicks' prospects to start the season. With a player like Felton paired up with Anthony, New York has two ever so hungry players on board who plan to fight tooth and nail for Big Apple success. The depth the team owns across the roster certainly doesn't hurt either.Keeping in mind the team's healthy players, who will emerge as the hero or two from the Knicks' matchup with the Heat? What kind of contributions can fans expect and/or hope for?Just in time for the regular season opener, my good friend Tommy Dee gives his thoughts on what will be the keys to a potential Knickerbocker victory in this post here.As the Knicks attempt to rise above and defeat the defending NBA champion Heat, the offices of KnicksJournal.com will keep looking for ways to conquer the frustrating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Stay with us!
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