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Pregame: Cavs at Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 15, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (7-17) at Miami Heat (18-8)
7:30 p.m.; AmericanAirlines Arena; WAKR/WTAM, FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Anthony Parker, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Heat probable starters: PG Carlos Arroyo, SG Dwyane Wade, SF LeBron James, PF Chris Bosh, C Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Officials: Bob Delaney, Derrick Collins, Scott Wall
Injury report: Cavs -- None; Heat -- Udonis Haslem (foot) out, Mike Miller (thumb) out.

* Daniel Gibson is done talking about his relationship with LeBron James, so consider the on-again, off-again "Days of Our Lives" drama cancelled. At least for now. Told there seemed to be confusion over his relationshp with James, Gibson this morning said "leave them confused. I don't care either way. Too much is being put into that. My focus is on winning, because I hate losing."

* James has made it clear he plans to behave just as he did in the first meeting. If that's true, that means more face time and trash talking in front of the Cavs' bench. If there aren't any cordial conversations, I would expect the Cavaliers to be a bit more demonstrative in their response tonight. Whether or not they can actually win the game...

* Something changed between both of these teams after the first meeting two weeks ago. Neither side is denying it. The Heat players have spoke for the last couple of days about how the experience in Cleveland galvanized them as a team. The Cavaliers went in the opposite direction. "That game definitely started a losing streak for us that we definitely want to bring to an end."

* Without going into specifics, Byron Scott said he has a plan for how to shake up the bench tonight. Scott feels he has straightened out his starters, but is unhappy with the performance of his reserves. One of the obvious solutions is keeping at least one or two starters on the floor at all times. That could mean earlier substitutions in the game tonight to keep guys fresh.

* One of the reasons the Heat have played so well during their nine-game winning streak has been the ability for James and Wade to play together. But beyond that, one of them is almost always on the floor. When one comes out, the other goes in during the second half. Having a playmaker like that on the floor at all times is a tremendous luxury.

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