The Heat will play the Cavs in Cleveland for the fourth and final time of the season.
Lebron James will make his second appearance at Quicken Loans Arena with the Miami Heat. Of course it’s impossible to forget his initial return on December 2nd of last year.
In their first season without the Lebron, the Cavs have not been very fortunate. Injuries to key players Antawn Jamison and Anderson Varejao have plagued this team on their way to finishing with the worst record in the NBA. The Cavs currently stand at 14-58.
Dwyane Wade and James both were great in the first game between these two teams. James finished with 38 points and 8 assists, while Wade nearly notched a triple-double with 22 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Keep in mind that both Wade and James sat out the entire 4th quarter.
Entering tonight, the Heat are even with Boston and 2 games behind Chicago in the standings. While I do not see how the Heat can catch Chicago, they can move a half game ahead of Boston in the standings tonight with a win.
The Heat will be without Mike Miller, as he is nursing a sore knee. Perhaps a night off will help Miller break his shooting slump. He is such a key role player for this team and can really help this team in the playoffs.
This means that Eddie House will likely see increased minutes tonight. House is not shy with his shot, and will shoot all night whether the shots drop or not. It will be an opportunity for House to perhaps snag a spot in the playoff rotation if he can find his stroke by season’s end.
As for the point guard position, Mike Bibby has played very well lately and is starting to find his place with this team. As long as Bibby can continue to hit his jump shot while getting the Heat into their offense, he should remain the starter. Bibby is simply better than Mario Chalmers at everything except defense.
Chalmers is set to return in about a week, but I would not be surprised if he remains on the bench when he does. I have always been of the opinion that Chalmers is better off the bench anyway, because he provides energy and the ability to play the passing lanes to create baskets in transition.
Miami has dominated the lower-tier teams of the NBA this season and tonight should be no different. Especially with the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference up for grabs.