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Of course, it’ll happen at the Clevelander — on South Beach. At least the Heat will be cheered somewhere on Thursday.

“I’m sure a lot of people are going to show their support for the Cavaliers in their own kind of way,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said. “I don’t think we know what to expect, but I’m sure it’s going to be something like we’ve never seen before.”

He’ll see something like it on Feb. 16, when he returns to Toronto, his former home, for the first time as an opponent.

“I’m glad LeBron breaks the ice first,” Bosh said.

It’s a Cleveland homecoming for former Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas as well, and while he said the trip will be “a unique situation,” he’s almost certain not to face the level of venom that’ll be directed at James.

Wade said he’ll give James simple advice beforehand.

“The only thing I would say to him is not try to go out to get 100 points,” Wade said. “Play the game. Let the game flow to you. I know he wants to play great, but sometimes you can force it too much. Just play basketball like LeBron James.”

Which is what James says he’ll do.

He won’t break from his normal routine for this game, and doesn’t plan to reach out to fans in any way, though he noted that he remains “very respectful” of the people who cheered him for seven years.

“It’s one game,” James said. “I know everyone is making it a huge deal, but it’s one game.”