The Cavaliers travel to South Beach on Monday night for their final road game of the regular season when they take on the Miami Heat. Tipoff from AmericanAirlines Arena is at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
With Sunday’s 126-125 overtime loss to the Hawks in Atlanta, the Cavaliers and Celtics share the same record at 51-29 atop the Eastern Conference with the Wine and Gold holding the tie-break over Boston with two games remaining in the 2016-17 campaign.
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Despite last night’s loss to the Hawks, the Wine and Gold shot 19-46 (.413) from the three-point line, increasing their franchise record to 1,043 threes on the season (3rd-most by any team in NBA history). In 2016-17, Cleveland also has franchise records for three-pointers per game (13.0), number of games with at least 10 three-pointers (63 times), 15 three-pointers (27 times) and 20 three-pointers (4 times).
The Wine and Gold’s visit to Miami has not fared well as of late with the Cavs last win at AmericanAirlines Arena coming on January 25, 2010.
Things don’t get any easier for Cleveland as they will be without three starters (Kyrie Irving – Left Knee, LeBron James – Right Calf, Tristan Thompson – Right Thumb) and possibly a fourth (Kevin Love – Illness).
Miami enters Monday’s matchup fighting for their Playoff lives with a 39-41 record, tied with the Chicago Bulls for the eighth and final Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with Chicago holding the tie-breaker.
The Heat are led by their inside-outside tandem of big man Hassan Whiteside and point guard Goran Dragic.
Whiteside is 5th in the NBA with 56 double-doubles and is having a career year – averaging 16.8 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his fifth year out of Marshall.
Dragic, the Heat’s leader in scoring (20.3), assists (5.8) and steals (1.3) comes into tonight’s contest averaging 19.7 points and 5.0 assists in three games against the Wine and Gold this year.
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TV: FOX Sports Ohio, WUAB 43
Radio: WTAM 1100, 87.7 La Mega
Programming Note: On Sunday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Heat game (7:30 p.m.) and the Reds – Pirates game (7:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.
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Probable Starters/Status Update*
#31 – Deron Williams
#5 – J.R. Smith
#4 – Iman Shumpert
#24 – Richard Jefferson
#8 Channing Frye
#7 – Goran Dragic
#0 – Josh Richardson
#17 – Rodney McGruder
#16 – James Johnson
#21 – Hassan Whiteside
Status Update: (Cavs) – Tristan Thompson, (Sprained Right Thumb, Out), Kyrie Irving, (Left Knee Tendinitis, Out), LeBron James, (Right Calf Strain, Out), Kevin Love, (Illness, Questionable)
Status Update: (Heat) – Chris Bosh, (Out), Justise Winslow, (Right Shoulder Surgery, Out), Josh McRoberts, (Left Foot Stress Fracture, Questionable), Luke Babbitt, (Strained Right Hip Flexor, Questionable), Dion Waiters, (Sprained Left Ankle, Questionable)
*Subject to change.
As mentioned, the Wine and Gold have struggled recently against the Heat.
In the Wine and Gold’s last meeting on South Beach, the Cavs connected on 11 three-pointers and had six players score in double figures led by Channing Frye who finished with a team-high 21 points on 9-12 (.750) shooting, including 3-5 (.600) from deep, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes.
Monday’s matchup is the fourth and final regular season meeting between the two teams.
Better Halves DVCAC Awareness Night: For the third straight year, the Cavaliers and their Better Halves will once again collect baby items to donate to the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. DVCAC provides programs and services to women, men, teens and children who are victims of abuse. Members of the Better Halves will be at each entrance of Quicken Loans Arena at Friday’s game collecting baby supplies and fans who donate will be entered to win player autographed items.
After Monday’s game, the Wine and Gold close out the 2016-17 campaign on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors at The Q.