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Lynne Sladky, Associated Press
Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) falls to the court as he passes the ball against New York Knicks' Steve Novak (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Miami.

MIAMI — Derrick Rose cautions against buying into the hype. LeBron James suggests it's not much more than just another game.

The past two NBA MVPs sound like masters of understatement.

Rose and the Chicago Bulls visit James and the Miami Heat on Sunday, the first matchup of the season between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Chicago won all three regular-season games last season by a combined eight points, before the Heat captured the East finals in five games and capped that series with a wild comeback on the Bulls' floor.

Chicago forward Luol Deng told the team's radio network that he thinks a torn left wrist ligament may keep him out another few days. Miami is healthy as ever, with Dwyane Wade returning from an ankle sprain Friday and scoring 28 points against New York.