Is JR Smith still important to the Cleveland Cavaliers success?

Is JR Smith still important to the Cleveland Cavaliers success?

Cleveland Cavaliers centre Andrew Bogut clutches what is thought to be a broken leg after being injured during the first half against the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

The team's new centre broke his left leg in the second quarter and had to be assisted off the floor and to Cleveland's locker the reigning National Basketball Association champions lost 106-98 on their home court.

Early in the second quarter Bogut closed out to the three-point line to guard open Heat forward Okaro White. With the sellout crowd in relative shock, Bogut was helped up and helped off the floor and immediately into the Cavaliers locker room. "He played 58 seconds", James, who finished with 30 points, said when asked about Bogut's mood.

The Melbourne native has long history of injury problems with just 671 career games to his credit at an average of 56 per season. "It's a tough one, obviously for him first of all, and then for our ballclub".

Bogut spent most of this season playing for the Dallas Mavericks.

- Having taken stitches to his elbow, James Johnson said the Cavs' Iman Shumpert got off easier in the collision with a pair of chipped teeth.

Maybe it was all of the memories that came flooding back for Waiters, memories of loss after loss after loss after LeBron James took his talents to South Beach.

Not only did it break the record, it also enabled the Cavaliers to withstand a furious Atlanta rally. "When I went over to him and he said it, I already knew, I heard it crack", he added. On Monday night in Cleveland, however, King James and Kyrie will be returning to the starting line-up as the Cavs get a rematch against the Heat at the Quicken Loans Arena. When quizzed this week on whether Bogut's signing would change the team's playing style, King James responded bluntly: "It doesn't".

The defending champs continued to sputter, even after halftime, closing the Miami lead before seeing it balloon back to 89-71 by the end of the third. From breaking his arm while playing for Milwaukee, to injuries while repping Golden State, Bogut's bulking frame has copped a beating in his latter National Basketball Association seasons.

- Spoelstra said the approach going in hardly was of facing the same team the Heat defeated Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena. Him getting some games under his belt before the playoffs, so hopefully we can hope for the best with the MRI or whatever the case may be, but uh, it's a tough one.

The Heat shot 52.3 percent from the floor and went 18-of-34 from 3-point range in the win.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been on a 3-point binge since the first of the year. I was making this decision based on what the best opportunity was. Coincidentally, they've also been held under 100 points in four of those six games (0-4).