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A look at the starting lineups, inactives, referees and a pregame note of note for Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. game between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena (ABC), with Chris Bosh back for the Heat:
Q: Why are the Heat under-utilizing Ray Allen's talent to mere spot-up shooter? Didn't Ray complain of "just" being a decoy back in Boston? -- Rich.
No, it couldn't have been this simple? Nah. But it sure is an innovative way for the NBA to push their new Christmas uniforms.
Â Â Yes, Christmas Day at AmericanAirlines Arena will feature a 2012 NBA Finals rematch. But for the Miami Heat it won't be with the same starting lineup. And for the Oklahoma City Thunder it won't be with the same rotation.
Q: OK, so the Heat weren't completely obliterated on the boards in Chris Bosh's absence against Utah. But in the event that Bosh goes out for an extended period of time, the undersized Udonis Haslem, Joel Anthony, Shane Battier, Dwyane Wade and even LeBron James can't be the guys relied [...]
The latest challenge for LeBron James? That would be LeBron vs. LeBron, and LeBron vs. the world.
Q: Ira, you see it coming, don't you? Pat Riley gets rid of Chris Bosh's contract before the tax by trading him to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins. It's brilliant, and he might be able to get Tyreke Evans back for when Dwyane Wade retires. -- Bruce, Plantation.
A look at the starting lineups, inactives, referees and a pregame note of note for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. game between the Miami Heat and Utah Jazz at the AmericanAirlines Arena (Sun Sports), with Chris Bosh out for the Heat due to a cold:
Sunday notes: With so many players missing the start of the season with injuries, it remains difficult to get a true read on the league. Also: Cavs eying LeBron?; inside the mind of a LeBron defender; Wallace being wronged.
Q: I assume that Joel Anthony is outplaying Josh Harrellson during workouts and practices and has earned his spot, but is there any chance we get to see Harrellson play? -- Paul, Fort Lauderdale.
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