Two close friends from the NBA LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will re-unite tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers face Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena. But the friendship would be thrown out of the window, as both the stars would be eager to help their respective team win the game.
The match is crucial for the Miami Heat, who are yet to clinch the Playoff berth, while the Cavaliers have already grabbed the spot from the Eastern Conference. Heats lie on the seventh position in the conference and the Cavs are second.
If the standings do not change at the end of the season, these two NBA teams would go head to head against one another in the first round of the Playoffs. NBA fans would dream such kind of a contest.LeBron James is also aware of it.
"Just to go against a champion, a competitor like himself and that franchise,'' AP quoted James. ''Obviously I'm not there yet, but I am kind of in playoff mentality.''
The Cavaliers have been in great form throughout the season and are one of the favourites for the NBA title as well. They have won 48 games and lost 27.
On the other hand, the Heats have won 34 and lost 40 in the league. Not only Cavaliers being in good form makes life difficult for the Heats, but Cavs' home record, which stands at 27-9 spells trouble for Wade and his co-players.
But players such as Wade and Goran Dragic are going to be crucial for the Heats later tonight. Wade has been consistent with 21.7 points per game during the season.
Wade has always been a huge player while playing against the Cavs, so his team mates would once again expect another great night and help them win the match.
"He has really, really dedicated time behind the scenes to give his body the best chance to perform," Heats coach Erik Spoelstra said. "At this point in his career, I marvel at his dedication."
Even if Wade comes up with his A class game, they could turn out ot be second best considering the form Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have been showing during the season.
James averages 25.7 points per game, while Irving averages 21.9 points.
With such an array of basketball stars expected to battle it out at Quicken Loans Arena, one can expect a huge game between the two top teams.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled to start at 8pm ET (5:30am IST and 12am GMT) with live TV coverage on TNT in the US.
Indian viewers can watch it Live on Sony Six.
Viewers around the world can stream it live on NBA.com