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LeBron Returns Home Minus Hype

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The numbers alone say it all.

Since that wild and emotional Dec. 2 Heat-Cavaliers game at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavs have gone 7-48 while the Heat have gone 41-14.

It was unclear at the time which team would use that night as a springboard and which team would not recover from the moment. We know now, of course. And that’s what takes some of the pop out of tonight’s game, which marks the second time LeBron James will head home to Northeast Ohio (yes, we know he’s from Akron and not Cleveland, but spare us the geography lesson).

“Can’t get no worse than it was December 2nd,” James told reporters before he and the Heat arrived in Cleveland Monday evening. “I know that for a fact.”

On that we can all agree.

One other thing that is certain, the in-game banter between James and his old teammates will not take place again, at least not in the same manner.

“If he comes down to the bench and wants to chat, that ain’t going to happen,” said Cavaliers guard Boobie Gibson. “We can rule that out.”

Fine, there won’t be any chest bumping or warm embraces to worry about. With only three players on the Cavs’ active roster — Gibson, Anthony Parker and J.J. Hickson — that actually played with James when he was in Cleveland, that hypothetical love-fest wouldn’t have lasted long anyway.


Is There Anyone Else?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We don’t have Carmelo Anthony, the Denver Nuggets or New York Knicks to kick around anymore.

They did their deal. They completed the trade that’s been rumored for so long, leaving us with two days before Thursday’s trade deadline to examine the rest of the landscape and see if there is anyone else out there willing to take the plunge.

Will there be anyone else out there interested in making a deal that is a franchise-changer?

We put the question the question to Kevin McHale of TNT and NBA TV fame — who was also the Timberwolves former GM. “This could definitely force some other teams into doing something,” McHale. “There is usually a snowball effect with these sorts of things.”

The Nuggets have several players whose futures could shift between now and Thursday’s trade deadline. Al Harrington was rumored throughout the past few months as being a factor in a potential ‘Melo deal. J.R. Smith is likely playing out his final days in a Nuggets uniform. And Nene has to be dealt with as well, since his current deal expires after this season.

There are other veterans out there who have been rumored to be on the trading block — Steve Nash, Stephen Jackson, Jamal Crawford, etc. — who could see their names circulate heavily in the next 48 hours.