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Knicks looking to end skid at Miami

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Knicks at Miami Heat

  1. The Knicks and Heat each went 2-2 against the other last season, with the home team winning each of the four games. In the last ten meetings between these teams, both are averaging fewer than 100.0 points (Knicks -- 99.5; Heat, 99.7).
  2. The Heat tie for first in the Eastern Conference with 48 offensive rebounds this season. Eight of the nine players to see the floor for the Heat are averaging at least one offensive rebound, tied with the Thunder for the most such players in the NBA. Their 18.7 second-chance PPG ranks fourth in the NBA.
  3. The Knicks and their opponents have each scored 100+ points in each of the four games played this season. They join the Kings and Raptors as the only teams in the NBA to already have four such games this season.
  4. Goran Dragic is averaging a career-high 16.3 field-goal attempts but shooting a career-worst 38.8 percent from the floor. He has taken at least six threes in each of Miami's three games after never having taken more than 4.0 three-point attempts per game in any other season of his career.
  5. Tim Hardaway Jr. has at least 24 points in each of the Knicks first four games -- he had only ever done so in two straight games prior to this season. His 108 points through his team's first four games is the most by a Knicks player since Carmelo Anthony had 109 in 2012-13.
  6. Enes Kanter has recorded four consecutive double-doubles to begin the season for the first time in his career. Dating back to last season, he has ten consecutive double-doubles, tying the longest streak of his career. Andre Drummond (13) is the only player in the NBA with a longer active streak.

MIAMI -- When the New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, the injury list may be more impressive than the players actually on the court.

For the Knicks (1-3), their franchise player, 7-3 power forward Kristaps Porzingis, is out until at least Christmas following knee surgery.

In addition, rookie lottery pick Kevin Knox, a 6-9 small forward, will miss at least two weeks due to a left-ankle injury, and shooting guard Courtney Lee, who started 69 games last season and averaged 12 points, has yet to play this season due to a neck issue.

Knox scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, in his second NBA game last Friday at the Brooklyn Nets. The next night, he got hurt against the Boston Celtics.

"I hope it's just for a short amount of time," Knicks coach David Fizdale said of Knox's injury. "I want to get him right back into that promising mode. But I don't think it's a major setback.

"We don't want to see him sit out. But as a 19-year-old, his development is about three to five years (away)."

In other words, the Knicks, who have lost three straight games and have not made the playoffs since 2013, are preaching patience.

But the Heat (1-2), which made the playoffs last season before bowing out in the first round, is in a win-now mode.

At least two Las Vegas sports books set the Heat win-total line for this season at 43.5, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference and a date to the playoff if that turned out to be accurate.

The problem with the Heat so far is that they cannot seem to stay healthy. Forwards James Johnson (abdomen) and Justise Winslow (hamstring) and shooting guards Dion Waiters (ankle) and Wayne Ellington (ankle) are all listed as out for Wednesday's game. In addition, center Hassan Whiteside (hip) and forward Derrick Jones (foot) are listed as questionable.

So far this season, the Heat has been led by point guard Goran Dragic and wings Rodney McGruder and Josh Richardson.

Dragic, an 11th-year pro out of Slovenia, leads the Heat in assists (6.3) and ranks second in scoring (18.0).

"You can bank on what Goran does every night," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told The Miami Herald. "That's why he's an All-Star and one of the best point guards in the league. He's a model of consistency, and he's done it with different kinds of teams and styles."

But while Dragic, 32, is an established pro, McGruder, 27, has been the surprise of the team so far this season. He went undrafted out of Kansas State in 2016 yet started 65 games for the Heat that season, averaging a modest 6.4 points. Last season, he averaged 5.1 points as injuries restricted him to just 18 games, including two starts.

This season, McGruder is third on the team in scoring (15.7) and leads in effective field goal percentage (.651), a statistic that adjusts for the value of three- and two-point shots.

Richardson, 25, a former second-round pick out of Tennessee, leads Miami in scoring (18.7). So far, his scoring has improved every year he has been in the league (6.6, 10.2, 12.9).

Meanwhile, the Knicks are led in scoring by Tim Hardaway Jr. (27.0), the son of the former Heat star guard.

Knicks center Enes Kanter is averaging a double-double (19.0 points, 12.3 rebounds), and point guard Trey Burke leads the team in assists (5.3) and ranks third in scoring (13.3).

Updated October 23, 2018

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