Nov 23, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) attempts a jump shot against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview: Miami


The player formerly known at “23” will host his former team tonight as the Cavaliers (3-9) look to bounce back after their close loss last night against the Orlando Magic.

Nov 23, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi (36) attempts a layup as Orlando Magic power forward Andrew Nicholson (44) defends during the third quarter at Amway Center. Orlando defeated Cleveland 108-104. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Heat (9-3) has won there past three games including an overtime thriller at home to Milwaukee.  It is no surprise that they are first in the NBA in scoring, 104.3 points per game.  In the offseason they picked up one of the best three-point shooters of all time, Ray Allen, as well as picking up former Cavavlier killer, Rashard Lewis.

These two teams obviously do not match up well together.  With Kyrie Irving out, the Heat are superior at just about every position on the court, including the bench.

If the Cavs look to compete in this game they are going to have to do the dirty work and get all loose rebounds.  Miami ranks 27 in the league in rebounding.  Their struggles on the glass could result in a good game for Anderson Varejao.

Pargosanity official began in Cleveland and has traveled down to Florida with the team.  Jeremy Pargo followed up his 28-point night with 15 in Orlando last night but struggled to defend Jameer Nelson.  He’ll be matched up against Mario Chalmers tonight, who is averaging less than 7 points per game.

Since Kyrie went down the bench production has picked up.  C.J. Miles had his coming out party against Philadelphia scoring 15 points, including 3-for-4 from three-point range.  However, he only recorded three minutes last night against the Magic as Coach Scott decided to go with Omri Casspi off the bench rather than Miles.  The Heat bench is better and the Cavs will rely on Miles, Casspi, Daniel Gibson and Tyler Zeller to score.

Cavs’ Stats:

Points Per Game- 96.1 (18th)

Assists Per Game- 19.4 (26th)

Rebounds Per Game- 41.7 (16th)

Points Allowed- 101.5 (28th)

Heat Stats:

Points Per Game- 104.3 (1st)

Assits Per Game- 23.7 (4th)

Rebounds Per Game- 39.7 (27th)

Points Allowed- 99.7 (22nd)

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