The New York Knicks look to extend their winning streak to five games as they host the Miami Heat at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Knicks came away with a 102-92 victory in their first affair this season.
When LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony meet up, that usually means Twitter is going into overdrive before tipoff.
Anthony is coming off a hot month of January in which he averaged 28.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists. His most notable performance from the month was a 62-point explosion against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Carmelo Anthony's January stats: 28.7 ppg, 9.0 rebs, 3.4 ast, 1.4 st. 45.2% FG, 49.4% 3PT, +76— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) January 31, 2014
James draws the tough matchup of defending Anthony, just a couple of days after squaring off with Kevin Durant.
In an article by ESPN's Michael Wallace, James discussed the difference between defending Anthony and Durant:
It's not much of a difference. They're two scoring machines and they put you in a lot of isolation situations. You just have to make it tough on them, but they're going to make shots. You just try to get a hand up, and you live with the results.
Another player the Heat will have to watch out for is shooting guard J.R. Smith, who has turned it on of late after a rocky start to the season.
Since being benched on January 14, Smith is shooting 45.4 percent from the field and averaging 16.4 points.
Ian Begley of ESPN New York noted that Smith is attempting to be more professional:
Just being professional on and off the court as much as I can. This is my 10th year, of course it sounds like that old broken record, but you can never be too cautious about your job. Anybody’s job is replaceable and I understand that. I’m just taking it as seriously as I can.
Whether or not Smith stays true to taking his job more seriously is anyone’s guess, but there is no doubt that his improved play is a welcome sight for Knicks fans.
J.R. Smith says he's taken his job "as seriously as I can" since being benched earlier this month. More here: http://t.co/7OVIzaBRUt— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 31, 2014
It will be interesting to see if the Knicks are able to have a repeat performance on the glass.
They out-rebounded the Heat 43-32 in their first meeting and were able to grab 10 offensive rebounds en route to a win.
For the Heat, the question these days is which Dwyane Wade will show up? Wade has averaged just 9.8 points in his last four games and has played sporadically to rest his knees.