- After missing Saturday’s game because of the flu, center Chris Bosh is back in the starting lineup for Miami. Bosh was the latest for the Heat to battle the illness, joining Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller and Dwyane Wade.
- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the Thunder have experienced their greatest improvement on the defensive end. Oklahoma City is allowing 96.2 points a game, which ranks 10th in the league.
- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said losing to the Heat in last year’s NBA Finals will provide motivation. Westbrook said, “We remember walking off the floor to them celebrating with confetti and all type of stuff going on. We don’t want to lose again.”
- This marks the third straight year the Heat have played on Christmas Day, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 and the Dallas Mavericks last year.
- LeBron James hasn’t committed a foul in six straight games, but Spoelstra said he expects that to change. James will spend most of the game defending Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Spoelstra said, “He should probably have four fouls” because of Durant’s ability to draw fouls.