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Pregame: Heat at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 17, 2012

Miami Heat (23-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-16)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Alonzo Gee (9.8, 3.8, 1.6), SF Omri Casspi (7.9, 3.1, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (16.7, 6.2, 1.8), C Semih Erden (3.2, 2.4, 0.1)
Heat probables: PG Mario Chalmers (11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), SG Dwyane Wade (21.2, 4.2, 4.8), SF LeBron James (28.0, 8.2, 6.8), PF Chris Bosh (18.6, 8.1, 2.1), C Joel Anthony (3.4, 4.3, 0.1)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Daniel Gibson (ankle) doubtful; Heat -- Dexter Pittman (shoulder) out.
Officials: Marc Davis, Derrick Collins, Scott Twardoski

* LeBron James didn't back off his comments today about someday returning to play for the Cavs, but he reiterated that he is happy and committed to Miami and that Heat fans "have nothing to worry about at this point." Interpret those last three words as you wish.

* Cleveland police are spending part of their afternoon sweeping parts of the Q for bombs, using mirrors and bomb-sniffing dogs to search the areas near the court and visitor's locker room. I asked one officer if this was standard procedure before every game. "No," he said. "Just for that a--hole."

* In case anyone forgot, there is still the matter of a game to play tonight. While the Cavs are battling injuries, Miami is playing fantastic. They've stormed through this six-game road trip by winning four of the first five. They won three games in three nights by an average of 15 points and they've had two days off to recover. The Cavs have played well against the Heat this season, but will struggle to do it tonight without Anderson Varejao.

* Byron Scott said Daniel Gibson is receiving treatment on his sprained ankle, but he's doubtful for tonight. Gibson is pretty tough and surely would love to play at home against James, but it doesn't seem likely. That means Antawn Jamison will be the only Cavs player on the floor who was ever a teammate to James, and that was just for a few short months.

* In perhaps a not-so-veiled swipe at Mo Williams, James today called Kyrie Irving a "great" point guard, "which they haven't had in a long time. ... They haven't had a great point guard here probably since Andre Miller, maybe Terrell Brandon, Mark Price." James is absolutely correct in that evaluation, but he and Mo were allegedly fairly tight during their time together.

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