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Game of the Night: Miami Heat Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

It is always a big night when LeBron James returns home to Cleveland to face his former team and Tuesday is one of those nights. The Miami Heat, fresh off a Sunday afternoon victory over the Houston Rockets, begin a two-game road trip at Quicken Loans Arena against the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers.

Nov 27, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) drives against Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during a game at Quicken Loans Arena. Miami won 95-84. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Heat are 12-1 against the Cavs since James joined their squad in 2010, including a 5-1 mark in Cleveland. With Irving unavailable, there is a good chance that the Heat will win their tenth straight game in this matchup. Irving has a strained tendon in his left bicep and will be out for the next two weeks and then will be re-evaluated to see if he will be available for the remainder of the season. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for the 26-41 Cavs, who are holding on to slim playoff hopes.

These two teams have played twice this season, the Heat winning both by an average margin of nine points. James is averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds against his former team this season and Dwyane Wade has added 46 points on 19-29 shooting in both games combined. The Heat as a team have shot 52 percent from the field. Without Irving, Dion Waiters will have to step up at the guard spot for the Cavs, but he has played well against the Heat so far this season, averaging 20 points on 48 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from three. The Cavs have shot just 40.7 percent from the field as a team against the Heat this season.

I think that if the Cavaliers want to have a chance to win this game they will need to play well down low. The Heat like to play with the small lineup, so guys like Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes need to do a good job of attacking the offensive glass against one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA. Hawes has played very well against the Heat in two games against the defending champs this season while with Philadelphia, averaging 17 points on 9.5 rebounds on 53.6 percent shooting. Thompson, on the other hand, has struggled against the Heat, averaging 10 points on 35 percent shooting. He has grabbed 18 boards in the two games, so he will need to continue that if he wants to help his team put their struggles against the Heat to an end.

The Pick: The Heat have played very well as a unit so far this season against the Cavaliers and the Cavaliers have not played well against the Heat. Being without their floor general won’t help the Cavs either. The Heat just snapped their five game losing-skid after Sunday’s win and they are looking to get back on track, as they are still competing for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They have made it look easy against the Cavs over the past couple of years and I don’t see that changing Tuesday night, the Heat win 105-89.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Television: FSOH/Sun Sports

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Sixers Trade Spencer Hawes to Cavs For Two Second-Round Picks

Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded big man Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for two second-round draft picks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The move allows the rebuilding Sixers to stockpile draft picks while giving the disappointing Cavs a quality player who can space the floor.

At 15-40, the Sixers own the league’s second-worst record and are more worried about their success in the future than winning right now. Hawes produces, but the idea of obtaining two draft picks for him was too good to pass up. In 53 games this season, the 25-year-old is averaging 13 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. Hawes also averages 1.5 three-pointers per game  and shoots 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Cavs interim General Manager David Griffin has certainly been pressured by owner Dan Gilbert and the fan-base to lead Cleveland to the playoffs this season. At 22-33, the team sits 3.5 games back of the eight-seed in the Eastern Conference. Hawes isn’t a franchise-altering player, but he can certainly add scoring, rebounding and some depth to the Cavaliers. He is also in the final year of his contract so if things do not work out between the two sides, Hawes can walk into free agency.

The Trade Deadline is less than five hours away (3:00 p.m. ET), but a lot of more news is still expected to be on the way. Be sure to continue to check back with Saving The Skyhook for all the latest on the NBA.

 

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Dalembert Dealt to Sacramento

After a poor season for both teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings agreed on a swap that sends center Samuel Dalembert out west and Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes back East. From the AP report:

PHILADELPHIA – Samuel Dalembert got his wish.

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.

Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.

“We are excited to add two players in Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni who will help us immediately and provide us with additional frontcourt depth,” Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. “Spencer is a young seven-footer who will provide us with versatility at the center position, while Andres will provide us with a tough veteran presence.”

Dalembert was Philadelphia’s longest-tenured player, but he played for seven different coaches and never developed into a dominant force after being drafted in the first round in 2001. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 8.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in eight seasons with the Sixers and often was mentioned in trade rumors.

He joins a team that was 25-57 and had the second-worst record in the Western Conference.

The Kings acquire a solid defensive presence and a mammoth expiring contract all in one, and they deal Hawes probably to make room for a big man in the draft like DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe.

The Sixers continue the rebuilding process and get rid of their disgruntled center.

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Dalembert Dealt to Sacramento

After a poor season for both teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings agreed on a swap that sends center Samuel Dalembert out west and Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes back East. From the AP report:

PHILADELPHIA – Samuel Dalembert got his wish.

The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.

Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.

“We are excited to add two players in Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni who will help us immediately and provide us with additional frontcourt depth,” Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. “Spencer is a young seven-footer who will provide us with versatility at the center position, while Andres will provide us with a tough veteran presence.”

Dalembert was Philadelphia’s longest-tenured player, but he played for seven different coaches and never developed into a dominant force after being drafted in the first round in 2001. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 8.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in eight seasons with the Sixers and often was mentioned in trade rumors.

He joins a team that was 25-57 and had the second-worst record in the Western Conference.

The Kings acquire a solid defensive presence and a mammoth expiring contract all in one, and they deal Hawes probably to make room for a big man in the draft like DeMarcus Cousins or Greg Monroe.

The Sixers continue the rebuilding process and get rid of their disgruntled center.