Heat stay alive, rally to top Cavaliers 124-121 in OT

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It's no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been limping their way to the playoffs. Most people think that these are the two teams with a shot to win a title, and between James, Curry and Durant, the two teams probably have the top three players in the league. If only one of those teams loses, the Heat would qualify for the playoffs as the eighth seed. There have been some situational blunders on behalf of Tyronn Lue and the coaching staff as of late that are concerning, nonetheless.

Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Wednesday, the last tuneup before the playoffs start.

Cleveland entered Monday tied with Boston for the best record in the East.

Either way, he wasn't playing on Monday - with the Cleveland Cavaliers looking at a much bigger picture than his potential impact on the final stretch of the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. It was billed as a closely fought battle between the two best teams in the East, potentially having ramifications in each team's playoff hopes.

Westbrook, who hasn't missed a game this season, will be joined on the sidelines by Thunder teammates Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson and Doug McDermott, who are also out resting. All over the floor, the Celtics were simply outmatched. LeBron James, however, reportedly will not be involved. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.6 rebounds.

It was a long week in Beantown for the Boston Celtics.

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His confidence is not without substance, as James has ran the Eastern Conference this decade, including six straight Finals.

"Varejao, the Cleveland fan favorite who was traded last season after 12 years with the Cavs, is an option if they decide to sign another post player".

The loss dropped the Cavaliers to 20-20 on the season away from Quicken Loans Arena and with an identical 51-29 record as the Celtics with two regular season games remaining. This season, it is hard to see who can actually topple them.

James played 47 minutes in Sunday's overtime loss to Atlanta before sitting out Monday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers just opened up a roster spot after they released DeAndre Liggins on Sunday and a familiar face could be rejoining the team. The Cavaliers hold that tiebreaker, but will now be at a disadvantage in this one. Now, it's time for them to put their talent on full display for the world to see. Jason Kidd may or may not play his starters in this scenario, but he would have no incentive to play them heavy minutes. It is now well-documented that James takes it easy in the regular season to preserve his body, and he reportedly spends north of a million dollars a year to keep in top shape. Still, even with all this investment, father time is unbeaten.

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