Jeffrey M. Boan, Associated Press
Miami Heat's Lebron James (6) drives to the basket as Philadelphia 76ers' Jodie Meeks left, and Andre Iguodala (9) defend during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Friday, March 25, 2010.

CLEVELAND — The hype and the hate just aren't the same.

LeBron James will make his second trip to Cleveland as a visiting player on Tuesday night and he doesn't expect it to be nearly as intense as his return on Dec. 2, when Cavaliers fans unloaded months of built-up frustration on the superstar, who bolted as a free agent last summer.

James said his upcoming visit "can't get no worse than it was Dec. 2. I know that for a fact."

Cleveland fans aren't frothing like they were three months ago. Maybe that's because the Cavaliers have fallen on hard times, a slide that accelerated after James returned and helped the Heat embarrass Cleveland 118-90. Coach Byron Scott contends the loss didn't have a negative affect on his team, but the Cavaliers lost a record 26 straight games shortly after James' homecoming.