DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Trying to focus on "Five Things to Watch For" in Friday's Cavs versus Heat showdown at The Q isn't as easy as it used to be -- primarily because it's not much of a showdown anymore.
LeBron has been back home for more than two years now, his buddy D-Wade went home himself (to Chicago) prior to this season, and these are two teams with nothing in common anymore.
The Cavs, after a brief three-game stumble, are back on track, racking up back-to-back wins, including Wednesday's Garden Party blowout of the Knicks in New York. Even without J.R. Smith, who's nursing the hyper-extended left knee, and Kevin Love (back spasms), they have far more than enough to handle the Heat. Kyrie continues to throw down almost 25 points per game, and LeBron's been racking up 24 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists per game.
The Heat? They're banged up, playing with Justice Winslow and former Cavs guard Dion Waiters, have lost three straight, and are the 13th team in the East at this point.
So, barring a LeBron-Pat Riley war of words, there isn't much to hype this match-up (other than the Cavaliers taking care of business, especially on their home court, where they're 9-2 this season).
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