The Miami Heat and New York Knicks Thursday night NBA basketball game live on TNT is overshadowed by the debut of the LeBron James face mask that has been kept hidden from the media and public since he used it in practice yesterday. James will sport the protective mask for the first time in public tonight when we watch Knicks vs Heat online free live streaming on TNT tonight.
Precisely one week ago during the same TNT Thursday Night basketball game, LeBron James was in the process of destroying the Thunder on the road when he broke his nose after hard contact in the lane. He sat one one subsequent game afterward, but has been cleared to play tonight for the first time since the injury in the Heat vs Knicks game wearing a clear protective mask to lessen any blows the broken nose might sustain.
James has publicly stated that the mask isn’t ideal as it fogs up and isn’t generally comfortable to wear. He told the media that he called Marvel and DC Comics to discuss cool mask designs, though the expectation tonight is that the mask will be translucent and similar to those seen on other players like Richard Hamilton.
The Knicks are hoping that the nose injury has slowed down the incredible roll James was on prior to the injury. He has scored 30 points or more in five consecutive games, almost as if he had taken critics nominating Kevin Durant as the easy selection for league MVP as a personal insult. Expect James to be fired up and ready to put on another show on the national stage.
Entering tonight’s game, the Heat trail the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers by a single game. They have won five in a row, which not ironically is almost an identical match to the scoring streak James had been on. Defense has been a huge component of the Heat’s success of late having held Chicago to 79 points and OKC to 81 points in their last two games. Watch Heat vs Knicks live stream online on TNT tonight to see if that defense holds up.
New York has been battling key injuries all season long and enters tonight’s game against the Heat with a 21-36 record. They have lost three games in a row and enter tonight in the midst of another media storm following the arrest of starting point guard Raymond Felton on two felony weapons possession charges. When it looks like things can’t get any worse for the Knicks, they do.
Carmelo Anthony usually has great games against the Knicks and NY will need every point he can muster against James and company. Anthony has been on a scoring roll of late though the team’s record doesn’t reflect that. He has scored 40 or more points in three of his last four times on the court.
Thus far the season series between the Knicks and Heat is split at one win a piece between these two teams. The Heat have struggled at times against opponents with a losing record, which the Knicks most certainly have.
Tonight’s NBA Thursday night basketball game between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat will tip-off at a start time of 8/7c only on TNT. If you happen to have TNT in your cable or satellite package then you will want to find out what channel number TNT is where you live to watch Knicks vs Heat in HD on your TV.
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