The 2014 NBA live stream and televised games on Thursday, Feb. 27 include LeBron James and the Miami Heat hosting Carmelo Anthony and New York Knicks. LeBron is making his return to the court after suffering a broken nose against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite missing a game against the Chicago Bulls, the Heat have still maintained a five-game winning streak, and will look to extend that further tonight. The TV and live stream NBA game featuring the NY Knicks vs. Miami Heat arrives for NBA fans from TNT sources.
According to ESPN.com in their Feb. 27 report, tonight’s game is LeBron’s first back after breaking his nose a week ago at Oklahoma City. While the Heat won that battle against the Thunder, Serge Ibaka’s inadvertent brushes to LeBron’s face with his arm took out one of the top two contenders for MVP in NBA. The debate was raging as of the All-Star Game whether LeBron James or Kevin Durant would take the award by season’s end. James is currently averaging 26.9 points for Miami to lead them, while also averaging 7.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists, to lead in both of those stat categories.
While James will play, he’ll be wearing a protective mask. After a recent practice, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of tonight’s gamble to have LeBron in the game:
"He'll give it a shot Thursday. He was able to go through today without any hiccups. But he also didn't take a hit today."
The Miami Heat are currently one of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, and among a handful of true “title contenders” this season in the entire NBA. At 40-14 and a home record of 21-4, they’ll look to win their sixth straight on Thursday night. They’ll play a lowly Knicks team which has continued to struggle all season long and is on a three-game losing streak, while going 2-8 in their last ten games. Miami will look to continue to put pressure on Eastern Conference-leading Indiana for a shot at homecourt advantage when the playoffs begin.
While the Knicks are among the East's basement dwellers and seemingly-removed from the playoffs as of right now, they are among one of the teams below .500 that has defeated the Heat during this season. The Knicks are currently 21-36, and despite what seems like a poor record, coach Erik Spoelstra still credits them as a talented team which shouldn’t be taken lightly by any opponent. Spoelstra told the media:
"They haven't forgotten how to play. They've been injury-riddled all year long, and that's tough to deal with. That adversity coming into our game is irrelevant. I'm sure they'll be ready."
In terms of odds, the Miami Heat have the edge tonight at home, as they're favored to win by 9 points over the Knicks. The over/under points total is set at about 202 points for the game, depending on which sports book one consults. LeBron James is listed as a question mark for tonight's game, but as mentioned appears good to go for the start as of this report.
Thursday night's NY Knicks vs. Miami Heat NBA game has a scheduled start time of 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from Miami Airlines Arena. The TNT channel will have the full live telecast of the game for cable and satellite viewers. TNT is also giving fans live streaming online coverage of the game with their TNT Overtime website. This unique experience gives fans multiple camera options from around the court, including player-cams focused on a player from each team, based on who fans vote for. As of this report, Carmelo Anthony had 78% of votes for the Knicks, while LeBron James had 72% of votes among Heat players.
See the official site here for more info on how to watch tonight's game live online.