CLEVELAND, OH (Sporting Alert) — Here are the starting lineups for the Miami Heat against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as LeBron James makes a return to Quicken Loans Arena to take on his old bosses.
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James spent seven seasons with the Cavaliers and was greeted by loads of welcome home t-shirts by the fans on his return this week.
The reigning MVP, though, played down reports linking him with a move back to his former club and also asked the press not to ask him about free agency information.
“I just want to concentrate on winning another trophy right now. You guys know i’m not going to talk about free agency,” James said.
In other Miami team news, Dwyane Wade also starts, while Mario Chalmers comes in for Norris Cole. Chris Bosh stays at center, while Rashard Lewis comes in for Shane Battier from the team that defeated the Phoenix Suns 102-97 at AmericanAirlines Arena two-nights ago.
Battier has been ruled out due to illness for the Heat (11-3) who are 3-2 on the road, but seek its eighth successive win in a row.
Cleveland (4-10) dropped its last three games and six of its last seven coming into tonight’s match against the two-time reigning champions.
Miami Heat: Mario Chalmers (PG) Dwyane Wade (SG) LeBron James (SF) Rashard Lewis (PF) Chris Bosh (C)
Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving (PG) Alonzo Gee (SG) Matt Dellavedova (SF) Tristan Thompson (PF) Andrew Bynum (C).