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PREVIEW: Cavs, Wade meet again in Tuesday night clash

Cooling Heat at home

The Heat are riding a six-game winning streak at home, including victories over Philadelphia and Washington. They have lost 11 of their last 12 games on the road dating back to Jan. 31 vs. Cleveland, with the lone win being a one-point nail-biter against the struggling Lakers.

Whatever the case may be, the Cavaliers have an opportunity to halt the opposition’s success and continue their pursuit of a top-three seed in the postseason. Injuries to Hassan Whiteside (strained left hip flexor) and Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery) – arguably the two best players on the Miami roster – should play well into the hands of the Cavs’ recent scoring surge.

Bam Adebayo and Tyler Johnson have been the biggest beneficiaries in terms of playing time, a young tandem that entered the season with seven combined starts. Aside from Larry Nance Jr., every Cleveland starter has an age and experience advantage over their positional counterpart.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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