It’s the return of LeBron James to his spiritual home! The NBA great brings his Cleveland Cavaliers to the American Airlines Arena on Mar. 19 to face off against the Miami Heat at 7.30 p.m. EST — where he won two championships. Click for the live stream to see how he’s welcomed by the home fans!
LeBron James, 31, goes back to Miami, where he has loads of friends, as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena on Mar. 19 at 7.30 p.m. EST. Will the home team’s favorite son lead the Cavs to glory, or will Miami upset LeBron’s big day? Click down for the live stream to find out!
The Cavs are starting to crank up the pace a bit after a disastrous February, when they lost 5 games. Since then, they’ve won 6 of their last 8 in Mar., including just edging out the Dallas Mavericks 99-98 in a thrilling contest on Mar. 16. LeBron was rested for that game, with the playoffs in mind, so he may be used sparingly in Miami.
But even without the formidable LeBron, the Cavs showed they have enough in reserve to beat any team and were thankful for Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against Dallas, with the former scoring a game-high 33 points in the win. Kevin also showed he was up for the task sans LeBron, pulling a game-high 18 rebounds.
In fact, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters before the game that his team has to learn to play better without LeBron on occasion.“We got to start playing better when LeBron doesn’t play,” he said. “So, guys have to step up and be ready to play and take on this challenge.”
With that in mind, Miami will have to be on their mettle if they want to win this one. They have also been on a good run in March, and are buoyed by the return of their talisman Chris Bosh from injury. He was back on the bench in their win over over Denver on Mar. 14 and just to have his presence around will inspire his teammates.
Dwayne Wade is another that could pose a threat to the Cavs, as he hopes to get one over his old pal LeBron. The pair have remained close friends since LeBron went back to Cleveland, so we’re sure there will be some friendly jostling on the court.
The Cavs have upped their game of late, and with LeBron they should have too much for Miami. But you can’t write the home team off. It’s too close to call!
HollywoodLifers, who do you think will win this one? Let us know below!