Scouting report: Knicks vs. Heat 

April, 27, 2012
By John Carroll

The Miami Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals last season. This weekend, they will begin their quest to win an NBA championship by defeating the New York Knicks in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

The Heat have all the ingredients needed to win a championship. They have two of the top-five players in the NBA in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. James fills a stat sheet every night for the Heat with points, rebounds and assists. He has developed a post game which, with his ability to get to the free throw line, should help him in end-game situations. Wade is an explosive scorer and has the confidence to close out games for the Heat. Chris Bosh is the best third option of any team in the NBA and has shown that he is not afraid to take and make a big shot. The Heat have improved their bench this season with the addition of Shane Battier and Norris Cole and the return of Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller after battling injuries last season.