Christmas Day Showdown: Heat and Cavaliers Search for Answers

Two struggling teams will meet today at the Quicken Loans Arena for the national television holiday matinee. The Cavaliers (12-16) are looking for a spark and consistency after loosing 10 games in 13 games.

The Cavaliers were booed at The Q last game against the Warriors and Lebron didn’t speak to the media. Wade did not speak to the media after an overtime loss to the Nets on Thursday and did not speak after Monday’s practice.

The Heat would like to think it got a jump start Saturday in a victory over Utah.”It could be,” said coach Pat Riley, when asked if Wade’s shot could trigger a winning streak.

“You just never know. We’ve had three very strong games in a row. Two overtime games we lost and this one Dwyane got the bounce for us. You can only look down the road two or three weeks and then if things are going well you can look back at this and say, maybe this was it.”

“I know what we’re going through. It’s something that I think we can turn around, because we’re right there. In a couple of those games, we just made some crucial mistakes right there at the end.” Said Shaquille O’Neal after Monday’s practice

The Cavaliers after embarrassing blowouts at home and on the roads against sub-par teams hope to get it together soon.

Drew Gooden told reporters after Sunday’s loss: “We’ve got to get this together. This is not us. We’re a much better team than we’ve been showing. It’s not too late to turn it around.”

“You can tell by our body language, teams get up on us, our heads go down and frustration starts in,” Ilgauskas said. ”We try to go one-on-one to save the team and that backfires.”

Mike Brown hinted he was considering lineup changes, perhaps as soon as today. He declined to go into specifics.Brown and General Manager Danny Ferry also held a lengthy post practice meeting with Larry Hughes. Hughes has been playing poorly for much of the season and has recently been complaining to the media about his role.  Click below for all the details on the Miame Heat.

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