See You Tonight, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Is it Christmas Eve? No? Well it sure feels like it given that the Miami Heat are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight!

So the rivalry may not be as intense as it was last year, but trust me, this matchup will still be a blast to watch.

Last season the two teams split the series 2-2, after the Heat lost twice on the road. Hopefully tonight the boys from South Beach can start a new trend by beating LeBron James and company in their own house.

And with James’ back still acting up, and both Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert out, Miami has a very good chance of doing just that.

Coming off of an 104-94 win against the Charlotte Hornets, the Heat proved their naysayers wrong regarding the topic of both three-point shooting and ball movement.

Not only did the team shoot 60 percent from beyond-the-arc, but they totaled 26 assists across nine players.

Chris Bosh led the newly revamped squad with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, with Dwyane Wade ending the night with 20 points and 5 assists.

Gerald Green also started the year off with a bang; the newcomer scored 19 points on 5-of-8 three-point shooting.

For Miami to be successful tonight, they need to do three things.

First, keep being confident in their game.

Obviously taking on an opponent such as the Hornets is a whole different story than going against the Cavaliers, but the Heat need to remember how much talent they truly have this time around.

This includes the likes of Hassan Whiteside, who had a terrible first game, shaking off the past and putting everything on the line.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra also needs to keep utilizing his plethora of rotations. Because it is still early in the season and lineups have yet to be finalized, Spoelstra needs to continue using various combinations in order to get the most out of his players.

Lastly, Miami needs to focus on a defensive mindset. Regardless of the season having only begun, it is clear to see this group of guys are an offensive powerhouse. However, neither the organization nor the players individually are really known for their defense. And when playing teams like Cleveland, that needs to change.

Who do you all have winning tonight?

Check out the competition at 7 PM (ET) on ESPN.

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Rick Ross Took Fandom To A Whole New Level

Rapper Rick Ross, otherwise known as Ricky Rozay, decided to support the Miami Heat in an entirely new way: by getting their logo tattooed on his face. Ross, who earlier this year said he would bet $100,000 on the Heat finishing with a better record than the Cleveland Cavaliers, was raised in Florida and has been a longtime fan of the team ever since.

Check out Ross’ new face art, below.

Tattooing the Hood Billionaire @richforever #mmg #dc #dreamchaser

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LeBron James Forgets What Team He Is On, Accidentally Sets Pick For Norris Cole

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Apparently Miami Heat fans are not the only ones still in shock over LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With preseason going strong, the two teams met in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday night, each hoping to prove something to the other. Unfortunately for the Heat, they failed 122-119, currently falling 0-3. However, this is not to say that Cleveland played a perfect game; in an apparent moment of confusion, James set a screen for former teammate Norris Cole.

Fortunately for us, cjzero was able to capture the mistake, giving an ever-so-slight silver lining to Miami’s most recent loss. I cannot wait to see these two go against one another again! Talk about the perfect Christmas present.

The Heat will take on the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night, hoping to finally get  a preseason win. This season may be a taxing one for our South Beach residents, but James or not, I continue to have faith in the organization and the raw talent at hand.

James Jones is off to Cleveland

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Following in Mike Miller’s footsteps, James Jones is the latest former Miami Heat player to join LeBron James in Cleveland.

According to reports, after a bit of recruiting from James himself, Jones has agreed to sign a $1.4 million veteran’s minimum contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have also apparently reached out to Ray Allen but no decision has been made yet, as Allen may actually be ready to retire.

 

Welcome to the Miami Heat, Luol Deng

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This just in: Luol Deng has signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Miami Heat.

It is no secret that Heat president Pat Riley has had his eye on Deng since the season ended, but many were unsure how much money it would take to persuade him. Obviously though, the money was right, and the Heat have once again made a solid move in revamping their team for 2014-2015.

Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are expected to re-sign with Miami any day now.

LeBron James: Back to Cleveland

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Former Miami Heat star LeBron James has just announced (via Sports Illustrated) that is he coming back to Cleveland.

In his letter, he explains that while he will “always think of Miami as [his] second home,” with his wife Savannah being pregnant with their third child and the Cavaliers still deserving their shot at a title, he decided it was time to return.

James also addresses past issues with owner Dan Gilbert (who infamously wrote an open letter to James, after he decided to take his talents to South Beach), stating “everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?”

With this story just breaking, the questions on everyone’s minds are first, what kind of contract James has received, and of course, where the likes of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will now end up.

More to come as free agency has finally gotten interesting.