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Stoudemire: “Nobody’s afraid of the Miami Heat”

New York Knicks v Miami Heat

MIAMI - DECEMBER 28: Guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat and Forward Amar’e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks battle for the ball at American Airlines Arena on December 28, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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The New York Knicks have lost both meetings with the Miami Heat this season and come into Thursday’s showdown just 3-7 in their last 10 overall.

But you have to like this about Amar’e Stoudemire — he is defiant (as reported by ESPN New York).

“Nobody’s afraid of the Miami Heat.”

The Heat squad that come into the Garden Thursday will be playing more of the Knicks game — with Chris Bosh out (ankle sprain), Miami is going small. LeBron James will start at the power forward spot, and either Mike Miller or James Jones will start at the three spot, Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Herald.

This game should be entertaining — no Bosh should mean a faster tempo for the Heat, and we know the Knicks want to run. But more LeBron and Wade in the open court is something you probably should fear. (More James Jones in the open court... less scary.)