Knicks 'zzone

Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.

Chris Bosh flies back to Miami for birth of his baby

The Knicks will be without three starters tonight if you include Jeremy Lin, who hasn't played in more than five weeks. But the Miami Heat could be missing one of its Big Three when the first round playoff series continues tonight The Garden.

Chris Bosh flew back to Miami for the birth of his child. It is unclear at this point if you will be back in New York in time to play in Game 3. They still have likely MVP LeBron James and former Finals MVP Dwyane Wade.

The Knicks could use any help they could get. They’re down 0-2 in the best-of-7 first-round series and they’re without Iman Shumpert, who tore his left ACL and lateral meniscus in Game 1, and Amar’e Stoudemire, who is out after punching a fire extinguisher and cutting his hand severely following Game 2.

Stoudemire and Lin are both hoping to play in Game 4 Sunday. Shumpert had surgery yesterday and is out 6-8 months.

Bosh is the Heat’s third best player. But he would be a big loss nonetheless. Bosh had 21 points in game 2 and is averaging 15 points and 5.0 rebounds in the series.

The Knicks have not won a playoff game since 2001 and are trying to avoid not only falling behind 0-3 in the series but setting an NBA record for most consecutive postseason losses.

They are tied with the Memphis Grizzlies with 12 straight. If the Knicks lose tonight they will own the NBA mark with 13 in a row.

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