- Heat center Chris Bosh and guard Ray Allen are back after battling the flu. Bosh missed the last two games while Allen was sidelined just one.
- Bosh is back in the starting lineup, playing alongside Udonis Haslem and LeBron James in the frontcourt. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Shane Battier, who started the past two games, will still play extended minutes.
- Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol are inactive for the Lakers
- In the past 10 games, James is averaging 30.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists while shooting 61 percent from the field.
- Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said keeping James out of the paint will be the key defensively. He said accomplishing that depends on how well center Dwight Howard guards the rim.
- The Heat are 4-1 against the Lakers since James and Bosh joined the Heat in 2010.
– Zachary Paul