Really, if you trim away the fat — and there are pounds and pounds of excess here in the next two months — only a few games left on the schedule still actually interest the Heat. Here they are:

• Sunday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

• Next Sunday in Miami against the Pacers.

• March 30, at San Antonio.

• April 2, against the Knicks in Miami.

• Maybe, depending on Derrick Rose, a couple games against the Bulls (March 27 and April 14).

And that’s it. Everything else is white noise, an ongoing “maintenance program” until the playoffs begin.

Sure, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will offer lip service to every foe, but the team’s focus will be limited the majority of the time. Based on the end of the 2011-2012 regular season, that’s the truth of it.

Based on such a scarcity of meaningful games, it all makes Sunday’s game against the Knicks all the more interesting.