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Pregame: Heat (51-22) at Cavs (14-58)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Heat probables: PG Mike Bibby, SG Dwyane Wade, SF LeBron James, PF Chris Bosh, C Erick Dampier
Officials: Ed Malloy, James Williams, Gary Zielinski
Injury report: Cavs -- Samardo Samuels (wrist) doutbful, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, F Antawn Jamison (finger) out; Heat -- Mario Chalmers (knee) out, Mike Miller (knee) out, Udonis Haslem (foot) out, Dexter Pittman (knee) out, Zydrunas Ilgauskas (foot) probable
Who's hot/who's not: Baron Davis had 19 points, equaling his high with the Cavs, in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. ... Anthony Parker is shooting 24 percent (10 of 41) over his last six games. LeBron James is averaging 32 points and shooting 63 percent (63 of 100) in his last five games. ... Dwyane Wade is averaging 31.3 points in his last four games.

Notes
* Baron Davis will start at point guard tonight for the Cavs. Byron Scott feels it's time -- past time, actually -- and Davis finally agreed this morning before shootaround that he was ready to start. His minutes aren't likely to increase, though, meaning he'll play 24-27 minutes tonight.

* Samardo Samuels still has a lot of swelling in his right wrist and Scott essentially ruled him out at shootaround this morning. He's not likely to play tomorrow at Charlotte, either.

* LeBron James looked relaxed and comfortable at shootaround this morning. He sat in the first row of chairs on the baseline following the Heat's shootaround and had both knees iced as usual. He didn't speak formally to reporters, but greeted friendly faces with a few hellos and backslaps on his way to the team bus.

* Zydrunas Ilgauskas enjoyed his time in the area. Ilgauskas, who has battled a serious foot infection, returned to his old neighborhood last night for a steak dinner and a few beers with old neighbors. Ilgauskas hasn't ruled out returning to the area this summer, depending on his schedule.

* Ilgauskas, incidentally, seems to be adapting to Miami well. His tan has improved considerably and he was wearing a camouflage Heat hat, which he had on backwards, at shootaround this morning. Quite the look for a 7-foot Lithuanian.

* The Cavs are obviously in a tough spot tonight against James and the Heat, who are playing really, really well and seem to be hitting their stride just in time for the playoffs. The Heat have won five straight and eight of their last nine. They are tied for second in the East with Boston, two games behind the Chicago Bulls for the top overall seed. But the Heat would lose the tiebreakers to both Boston and Chicago.

* How well is Miami playing? Each member of the Big Three each scored at least 30 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in Sunday's win over Houston. The Cavs got 37 points combined from all of their starters in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

* The Heat will be without reserve Mike Miller tonight, who is battling a sore knee. Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't sure yet how long Miller will be out.

* Stat of the day: The Cavs had seven wins when they faced the Heat the first time at the Q on Dec. 2. They have won just seven games since.

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