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Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Heat believe the Knicks are legit

Dwyane Wade looks on during a game against

Dwyane Wade looks on during a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Nov. 2, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

The Heat is giving the Knicks the ultimate respect heading into tonight’s matchup that may or may not include Carmelo Anthony.

The Heat hasn’t forgotten what the Knicks did to Miami opening night either.

“In the Eastern Conference you would have to look up and say they’re the measuring stick right now and they would say the same about us,” Dwyane Wade said this morning. “It’s as good as it gets. We got our butt kicked the last time we played them. It’s the perfect time to play the Knicks, coming off a loss [to Washington] and they kicked our butt and we’re at home.”

Erik Spoelstra and Wade are expecting Anthony to play, while LeBron James sounded as unsure as Carmelo did after needing five stitches to close a cut in his left middle finger. The Knicks are listing Anthony as questionable.

“I would love to have him out there,” James said. “But I did see him cut his finger yesterday. It didn’t look too good. We’ll see.

“He’s got to do what’s best. I understand everyone wants to see this matchup. But he has to take care of himself and worry about the long haul and not the short.”

Sounds like the Heat expects the Knicks to be around for the long haul

Tags: Knicks , LeBron James , Dwyane Wade , Carmelo Anthony , Erik Spoelstra

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