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The Knicks take on the Miami Heat inside Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. This nationally-televised game is sure to draw interest but it's not the marquee matchup that TNT imagined when the schedule came out. The Heat have 27 wins and have won 5 of the last 6. The Knicks sit at just 12-22.

TV ratings aside, taking on the Heat is never an easy task. The Knicks will put up a good fight and, win or lose, it's important for the team to remember the big picture. Over the next few weeks, the Knicks have a chance to go on a real run, gaining ground in the Atlantic Division and working to turn their season around.

After the Heat, the Knicks schedule takes them into matchups against the 76ers, Suns and Bobcats, before they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers.

No matter what happens tonight, the Knicks can't let it effect them, even if LeBron James does what he does all over their home court. The rest of the season is more important than any one game, and while beating the Heat would be great, gaining ground in the division over the next few weeks is far more important.

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