Tonight the Miami Heat (23-7) head to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers (11-16) in their last game before All-Star weekend. This game not only marks the end of Miami’s 6 game road trip, but it is also the first time LeBron James returns to Cleveland this season. It will be an emotional night for James, who was so hurt by the way Cleveland’s fans treated him after he made “The Decision”, but he always brings his best game against his former team.
The Heat have won both games in the series this season and are on a 4 game winning streak, which have all come on the road. Miami will be playing tonight with the most rest they have had in a very long time and will be fresh and ready to go. Look for Miami to let LeBron do his thing, with Wade and Bosh supporting. He has had bad shooting nights against Cleveland before, but he makes up for it with his distribution of the ball and excellent defense.
Kyrie Irving will be playing against Miami tonight. Irving made his return on Wednesday night against Indiana, where he scored 22 points. Anderson Varejao is out for Cleveland and that can only help Miami. Ramon Sessions and Antwan Jamison will be key for the Cavs as they try and match up against the Heat.
Miami needs to feed off of LeBron’s energy and attack the boards. Cleveland isn’t a very good rebounding team, especially with Varejao out, but the more 2nd opportunites the Heat get, will lead to good things. Tonight will be filled with emotions and energy as Miami looks to extend their winning streak to 5 games.