Mar. 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) wait for a rebound during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Miami won 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Woodson: New York Knicks can compete with Miami Heat when healthy

There’s a slight sense of optimism around the New York Knicks these days. The team is slowly getting healthy, they’ve won three of their four games in 2014 (it should’ve been four in a row thanks to J.R. Smith), and as Carmelo Anthony said, the team has gotten its swagger back. With a little bit of wind in their sails, the Knicks take on the Miami Heat this Thursday in what is suddenly a big test for New York.

Mike Woodson, according to reports from this morning’s shoot-around, seems ready for the challenge:

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Woodson isn’t totally wrong, to be honest. Although a lot of people scoff at the statement, this New York Knicks club seems to consider itself one of the better teams; they play up and down to their competition. The Knicks hoisted a stinker last night against the Detroit Pistons (albeit in a win), but played pretty solid basketball against the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets last week.

Though the Knicks look entirely different from last year’s squad, it’s mostly the same core talent, and the Knicks beat the Heat 3-1 in last year’s season series.

Can we expect a win Thursday night? Probably not. Almost definitely not. But the Knicks should be competitive, especially if Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton are back in the rotation and healthy. Suddenly, this game is kind of exciting.

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