NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: (L) Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives against (R) LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on April 15, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
The Miami Heat host the New York Knicks to kick off their run towards redemption after losing in last year's NBA Finals.
If the regular season series between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks is any indicator, the conference quarterfinal series between the two teams shouldn't be too much of a contest. On Saturday, the Knicks will hope to send out a message that the series isn't going to be a walk for Miami (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
The Heat were 3-0 in the regular season against the Knicks with their most recent win coming on April 15 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points in that game, but got minimal offensive help from his team as the Big Three shined for Miami in a 93-85 victory.
Both teams rested some of their stars to end the year, so everyone should be fit and healthy. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh all sat in Miami's last two games. New York rested Tyson Chandler, Anthony, Baron Davis and Toney Douglas to end the year. They're still without Jeremy Lin, who is not expected to be able to return for this series.