Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

LeBron James revels in new-look Cavs after win over Celtics

LeBron James revels in new-look Cavs after win over Celtics

While it's still too early to judge the new-look Cleveland roster, former Cavs guard Dahntay Jones offered his insight, albeit in a subtle way, as to why the team has ostensibly played better since the trade deadline. It was the first time the team would put the rebooted version on the court.

"They've got a great player [in LeBron James] and have surrounded him with a bunch of great shooters", Stevens said of the Cavs' new group. With LeBron, I feel like they're going to be explosive.

Still, Cleveland is in a prime position to make a major push in the postseason with this new looking locker room, but they can't do it just with youth, so they're reportedly not done yet and are keen to acquire some veteran leadership among the buyout candidates. The Celtics made it 64-55 on the first basket of the third quarter but never got within 10 again.

"It definitely gave me chills, especially with LeBron out there", Pierce told reporters afterward. "I don't want to get fined". He made the Eastern Conference All-Star team during the 2014-15 season, one of four starters to do so on the 60-win team.

"Everyone played together and I thought the ball was moving", Korver said.

The Cavaliers entered the blockbuster clash 6 1/2 games behind the high-flying Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

Without his offseason trade request (demand ... or whatever you want to call it) after three fruitful but apparently frustrating season's trying it LeBron's way, the Cavaliers are still sitting in the favorite's spot for that fourth straight Finals showdown with the Warriors.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said that he will ease in the four players on Saturday (today, Singapore time), before a big match-up on Sunday against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. "So that's a good sign". He played in 71 games in the 2008 season averaging 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds 3.4 assists per game.

Celtics Doc Rivers on whether Kevin Garnett's No. 5 should go up in rafters next: I hope so.

Timeouts featured tribute videos from Rivers, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Pierce's college coach, Roy Williams. He is the 23rd person in the history of the Celtics, the N.B.A.'s most-decorated franchise, to be honored that way.

"You have to figure out fit", Altman said. "He should be on 'Game of Thrones, '" James said. I've got a lot of friends in the city and the organization.

Oddly enough, James did exactly the same thing when Isaiah Thomas arrived from the Boston Celtics as part of the Kyrie Irving trade during the summer.

Cleveland led by as many as 29 points and dominated the 2nd half.

Thomas balked at being recognized on his first visit back with the Cavaliers because he was injured. Sunday was a storybook beginning to a new era of Cleveland basketball.

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