- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MIAMI (AP) - No extra security this time. No concerns about unrest in the stands. Probably not much in the way of organized “Akron Hates You” chants, either.

LeBron vs. Cleveland, Round 2 awaits in Miami on Wednesday.

And it won’t have anywhere near the cache of the first meeting.

James took notice of that truth on Tuesday when the Heat finished practice and only a dozen or so reporters were in the gym, as opposed to the “300,” by his own estimate, who were around the team for the buildup to Miami’s trip to Cleveland back on Dec. 2 _ the two-time MVP’s return to the city he jilted by signing with the Heat.

Led by James, Miami won by 28 that night, even with fans chanting that his hometown hates him and other rather colorful things for much of the evening.

The Heat haven’t lost since. Cleveland hasn’t won since.

“It doesn’t feel like just another opponent,” James said.

That’s because, well, Cleveland isn’t just another opponent. Not to James, anyway.

He was criticized for talking to some Cavs’ players, longtime friend Daniel Gibson in particular, and Cleveland’s bench during the game two weeks ago.

More heat might be coming, because James apparently has more to say to his old team.

“I’ll probably be talking to them … again,” said James, who insisted that there was no joking around going on during the exchanges he had in the Dec. 2 matchup.

Not much is funny to Cleveland these days.

Losers of eight straight _ four of those by at least 20 _ whatever good feeling there was over a 5-5 start without James is long gone now. Cavaliers guard Mo Williams downplayed the rematch between teams heading in opposite directions.

“Our concern is not them right now, it’s us,” Williams said following practice Tuesday. “We’re going through a tough time right now and we need to get a win. We need to stay positive and stay focused and this thing will turn around. Nobody likes to lose. We definitely know we can play better. We can’t let anything else cloud our goal and our goal is getting better.”

As if the James-Cavs stuff wasn’t saucy enough for a story line, there’s also the matter of Miami looking for NBA history.

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