Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers have both been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Knicks. Chalmers is suffering from an injured Achilles and Battier is battling a strained left quadricep. In their absence, Rashard Lewis and Norris Cole are expected to start.
In addition, Dwayne Wade is a game-time decision, although he is expected to play according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Harris DeckerThis is obviously great news for the Knicks who struggle to defend the point guard position on a nightly basis. In addition, the absense of Battier means that Carmelo Anthony will likely draw LeBron James down the stretch, opening up avenues for Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani to thrive.