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Rest assured, Lin won't be the only star visiting Miami on Thursday night.
Oh, there's even rumors that former President Bill Clinton -- who watched the Heat beat Orlando on Sunday from a courtside seat -- may be back Thursday. And President Barack Obama -- a noted basketball fan -- has some speaking engagements in nearby Coral Gables, Fla., on Thursday afternoon, wrapping up just a little while before Heat-Knicks will tip off.
"This will be a game that won't require a lot of motivation, by either team," Spoelstra said. "It'll be good for the fans."
Spoelstra and Lin are both Asian-American. Spoelstra is of Filipino descent, while Lin's parents were born in Taiwan.
Miami will bring a seven-game winning streak and a 26-7 record into the game, both of those marks the best in the league. Each of Miami's wins during that streak have come by at least 12 points, and the Heat have won 17 of their last 20 games overall. The Knicks are 16-17 entering Wednesday.
Records rarely mean much in Knicks-Heat games, though.
"We love playing against them and they love playing against us," Wade said. "I don't have to pump it up. It's going to be pumped up enough."
Maybe that's why the two Heat players who will spend much of their time guarding Lin on Thursday added little fuel to the fire when asked about the matchup.
"It's a showdown. Everybody's been hyping this game up," Heat starting point guard Mario Chalmers said. "So it's going to be a lot of fun. Crazy atmosphere. It's not really personal. It's team. Team on team. Heat versus Knicks."
Added Heat backup point guard Norris Cole: "Definitely looking forward to it. I've heard about what he's done. I've watched the highlights. I've seen some of the games. He's produced. You've got to give the guy credit. He's been playing very well."
So have the Heat, of course.
Which means this one could be worthy of the hype.
"It's going to be a high-energy game," Wade said. "The crowd is going to be into it. Fans around the world are going to watch the game, obviously, for many different reasons, so it'll be great."
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