THURSDAY'S NBA PREVIEWS
January 9, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MIAMI HEAT (27-8) AT NEW YORK KNICKS (12-22), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - While the records may not indicate it, Thursday night's battle between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden should be a marquee matchup.
The Heat are back near their usual perch atop the basketball world, but the Knicks' struggles this season have been well documented.
The latest problem for the Knicks involves J.R. Smith and it might have been one of his worst transgressions. The NBA fined Smith $50,000 on Wednesday for "instances of unsportsmanlike conduct," stemming from two incidents where Smith tried untying an opponent's shoelaces. After the first, Smith was warned by the league, but he did it again, and is $50,000 poorer.
His coach is no longer amused.