Game 28: Heat at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Heat looked like a championship team on Friday. The Cavs were never in the game. The Heat scored the first 11 points. They extended it to 21-2.
It was former Cavs forward LeBron James who fueled the Miami win. He had 28 points and looked unstoppable.
Cavs coach Byron Scott was fired up after the game. He claimed the Cavs played scared, which the players disputed in the locker room.
Some thought the Cavs would be able to compete with the Heat, but that was anything but the case. The Cavs never led.
The Cavs were playing without three important players: center Anderson Varejao (broken right wrist), guard Daniel Gibson (sprained left ankle) and guard Anthony Parker (strained lower back). That's never a good thing when playing a team of Miami's caliber.
All talk has centered on James saying that he'd be open to returning to the Cavs in 2014. Frankly, I was shocked that he said what he said. He had every opportunity to divert talk away from a possible return. He just fueled speculation. I think he's actually considering it.
Many have said they don't want him back. Oh, really? If he wants to come back, you take him back. It's that simple, even for owner Dan Gilbert. Remember, he's a businessman. You think he'd like to have The Q filled to capacity night-after-night? Darn right. None of this 12,000 fans stuff like they had against Indiana on Wednesday.
James disputed a report that one of his people reached out to Gilbert about playing here. He said that wasn't true.
UP NEXT: The Cavs host the Sacramento Kings at 6 p.m. Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.
SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. LeBron James (6-8, 250)
C Semih Erden (7-0, 240) vs. Joel Anthony (6-9, 245)
SG Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Dwyane Wade (6-4, 220)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Mario Chalmers (6-2, 190)
Cavs – G Anthony Parker, F/C Anderson Varejao
Heat - C Dexter Pittman, G Terrel Harris
Marc Davis, Derrick Collins, Scott Twardoski