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Chris Bosh will be the only member of Miami's Big 3 suiting up on Tuesday against the Knicks.The New York Knicks have won eight straight, the longest active winning streak in the NBA.
The Miami Heat have won 17 straight at home, one shy of a franchise record.
Two streaks enter Tuesday’s matchup, but only one will emerge intact.
The Heat have won 29 of their past 30 games, but the Knicks have proven a difficult challenge this season winning two of three meetings. Only the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers also boast a winning record against the defending champs.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Knicks haven’t won a season series against the defending NBA champs since taking three or four from Miami in 2006-07. New York is also looking for its second win in Miami this season. The Knicks haven’t taken a pair of road games against the defending champs since 1968-69 against the Celtics.
Bosh Flying Solo
The Heat are 6-1 over the past three seasons when only one of the Big 3 plays. That’s expected to be the case on Tuesday with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James sitting out (along with Mario Chalmers). That one loss came when Wade played just three minutes, while James and Chris Bosh sat out.
When Only 1 Of The 3 Play
Heat Last 3 Seasons
Including Sunday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs, Miami is 2-0 when Bosh is without James and Wade.
Those two wins haven’t come easy. On Sunday, it took Bosh’s game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining. The previous win required three overtimes against the Atlanta Hawks in January 2012.
Bosh is averaging 28.0 PPG, 11.5 RPG and 4.0 APG without both James and Wade.
Defending the Catch-and-Shoot
Despite taking the second-most catch-and-shoot attempts in the NBA, the Knicks rank in the top 10 with a 39.4 field goal percentage on those plays. So it should be no surprise that defending this is a key to toppling the Knicks.
Knicks on Catch-and-Shoot Plays
This Season vs Heat
The Knicks dominated the first 10 quarters against the Heat this season, outscoring them by 54 points. A big part of that margin was a 46.7 field goal percentage on catch-and-shoot plays – well above the 38.7 league average.
But in the Heat’s second-half comeback on March 3, New York shot 0-for-9 on catch-and-shoot plays.
Particularly without Wade, James and Chalmers, defending these plays could be the key to an 18th straight home win for Miami.