LeBron James on JR Smith: 'We believe in Swish'
- Author: Jill Young Jan 18, 2018,
Jan 18, 2018, 13:53
But he's shooting a career-low.361 from the field.
And Warriors defense was a rumor throughout the half, during which Cleveland shot 56.5 percent.
With the Cavs struggling on both ends of the court, including on offense which was their bread-and-butter, the organization and the players have to wonder whether they made the right decision to trade Irving.
As Windhorst notes, the Spurs stood pat after Aldridge requested a trade, and the big man has been sensational this season.
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Rookie Dillon Brooks led eight players in double figures with 19 points, helping Memphis outlast Los Angeles 123-114 in Memphis.
Once the Warriors actually arrived in the second half, the blowout was on.
As for future seasons, many are pointing to the fact that the Cavs own the Brooklyn Nets pick this summer and that the hope of a young stud helping LeBron into the twilight of his career will be enough to convince him to stay in Cleveland. "Everybody knows that. And we can all speculate all the way through the season all we want to". "We played with more force in the second half".
These are fascinating and frustrating days for the Cavaliers, who opened the season 5-7, ripped off 18 wins in 19 games and have gone just 3-9 since December 19, losing twice in that span to the Warriors, their rivals in each of the past three Finals. The Nets aren't bad.
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Craig Anthony Whitall, the 50-year-old driver of the other vehicle and a serial traffic offender, was also killed in the crash. The family's auto was hit by a four-wheel drive, incinerating both vehicles, and parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene.
However, the game lost to the Warriors seemed like a wake-up call to some of the players.
Throw in jack-of-all-trades Draymond Green and rookie Jordan Bell, and the Warriors seem set to cruise to the Western Conference Finals. However, several league sources told ESPN that the Cavs would prefer to hold onto the pick as a potential franchise-resetting asset should LeBron James leave as a free agent in July.
"That group that was out there, they have hung their hats on being a defensive unit and getting stops and that's what they did the first four minutes", Curry said.
Beasley, whose minutes were reduced the previous two games because of Tim Hardaway Jr's return from a leg injury, shot 10-of-18 as the Knicks rested Hardaway. They were up eight, 105-97, when Curry and Durant returned with 5:29 remaining to deliver the goodnight kiss. They'll be there. The question is will they be there in June. Once he works his way into shape and strings a few good games together, he shouldn't have as much of a problem scoring the ball (and if he does then suddenly that Irving trade becomes a disaster), and the Cavs could certainly use a reliable second option to aid LeBron.
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Still, the Cavs need a little bit more from Smith if they are going to improve with the group they've got. "And we all know that". Irving, who is leading the Celtics to the runaway No. 1 record in the East, was known for turning it on at times during the Cavs' annual doldrums and raising everyone's level of intensity - James included. In the first two nine-game losing streaks, it was 14.7 and 13.3, respectively. James will be in championship-or-bust mode. Cleveland could trade its pick, which is now in the mid-20s, sure, but anything of value the Cavs could trade from their roster that would warrant some return is too integral to their own playoff push.