After whirlwind day, LeBron excited by Cavs' additions

BC-BKN--Cavaliers-Thunder,1st Ld-Writethru

BC-BKN--Cavaliers-Thunder,1st Ld-Writethru

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a huge splash prior to this Thursday's trade deadline with all the huge moves they made, completely overhauling a roster that wasn't going anywhere and parting ways with 6 players. Or would it be another disappointing day? In fact, through 53 games, the Cavaliers are 31-22, 7.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and they just can not seem to get things together.

It was all downhill from there, however, as the Celtics were outscored 33-20 in the second quarter. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor and made it look like this could turn into a shootout.

Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 25 points.

Though James is having yet another MVP worthy season, averaging 26.5 points, 8.7 assists, and 8.0 rebounds per game, his team is not following suit.

None of the new acquisitions were in uniform against the Hawks (17-39), who are bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but James and Kyle Korver were more than enough to lead their patchwork line-up on Friday. In fact, though the Clippers are a half-game out of the final Western playoff spot, they're also just two games out of the fifth seed, thanks to plenty of disappointing starts up and down the conference.

Chicago, obviously, didn't have space for an injured veteran, so they naturally waived him.

"He's the guy that is going to take us back to the promised land", Cavs general manager Koby Altman said, "so you want to put the right pieces around him". When the third quarter mercifully came to an end, it was down to 21 points, 95-74.

Even if the Lakers don't land James, Paul George, or another max-level player, they can roll their cap space over a year, perhaps taking more expiring money on to garner draft assets, or taking flyers on one-year players (preferably with a team option) who could turn into contributors. This week on 11th February the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Boston Celtics on BT Sport 2. The Cavs got guard George Hill from the Kings for guard Iman Shumpert.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said everyone seems to understand their role, but didn't say who would be the second scorer behind James. Very generic National Basketball Association sets, but we just got to play hard and compete. The buyout list is where teams can get cheap rentals without giving up any future assets; it's unlikely any of them will have an impact on the championship race, but you never know where marginal additions can help.

"It was a good start".

"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. We thank him for everything he's done for the team and wish him the best of luck with the Cavs.

Irving knows that no good could come from answering questions about the officiating.

Following the game, the Celtics held a ceremony to retire Pierce's number.

As the Cavaliers opened a 27-point lead midway through the fourth, the crowd began chanting, "We want Paul Pierce!"

Recommended News

  • Grealish stars as Aston Villa goes second

    Grealish stars as Aston Villa goes second

    Steve Bruce's side climbed into second place in the Championship thanks to a dominant display in the "second city" derby at Villa Park.
    What Is That Mark on US Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu's Thigh?

    What Is That Mark on US Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu's Thigh?

    When the women's competition was over, Nagasu was a surprising - and stunning - second, behind only OAR's Alina Zagitova. To nail it the way I did - and even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my team mates standing in excitement".
    Canadian Figure Skaters Drop Horniest Part Of Routine To Secure #1 Spot

    Canadian Figure Skaters Drop Horniest Part Of Routine To Secure #1 Spot

    He placed first with a score of 179.75 in the men's free program, keeping the veteran Canadian team in first place and setting the stage for Daleman.
  • Watch the awesome  North Korean cheerleaders at work

    Watch the awesome North Korean cheerleaders at work

    Army commander Walton Walker, who's considered a war hero in the South for his battles against the North during the Korean War. Kim Yo-jong reportedly delivered an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit Pyongyang for closer talks and cooperation.
    Barcelona held by Getafe, Sevilla snatch a win

    Barcelona held by Getafe, Sevilla snatch a win

    Ousmane Dembele , a big-money summer signing from Borussia Dortmund, has recovered from injury to return to Barcelona's squad. Inconsistent in defense, Mina was a constant threat on set pieces in attack, almost scoring with a header in the second half.
    Real Madrid decide to sell Isco this summer

    Real Madrid decide to sell Isco this summer

    Chelsea and Manchester United's main targets want to leave Real Madrid next summer if Zinedine Zidane hasn't been sacked. Marcelo believes former Barcelona star Neymar will eventually join Real Madrid .
  • North Korea Invites Southern President to Pyongyang

    North Korea Invites Southern President to Pyongyang

    It took some doing to get to this point, even after North Korea agreed at the last minute to send athletes to the Winter Olympics. We know Kim Jong Chol likes Eric Clapton because he's been spotted at concerts around the world, most recently in London.
    Olympics: Snowboarding - Women's slopestyle final delayed

    Olympics: Snowboarding - Women's slopestyle final delayed

    While Anderson still ranks among the favourites, a new generation of riders has emerged, and Gasser has elevated her game as well. Langland's railwork is impressive, but it's her style that makes her stand out from the competition.
    Rain breaks cost us the game, says Shikhar Dhawan

    Rain breaks cost us the game, says Shikhar Dhawan

    When Shikhar Dhawan was batting, my job was to take singles.And keep rotating the strike, to be able to get the partnership going. AB de Villiers returned for South Africa in the place of Kaya Zondo and Morne Morkel got the nod ahead of spinner Imran Tahir.
  • After 'Padmaavat', Ranveer Singh hikes his fee to THIS amount

    After 'Padmaavat', Ranveer Singh hikes his fee to THIS amount

    She has been through to merely release her film, even the smallest victories ask for celebrations but this one is quite massive. The "Piku" actress recently confirmed that she was paid more than the two male actors in Padmaavat .
    Plot Twist: Kylie Jenner Is Actually

    Plot Twist: Kylie Jenner Is Actually "Terrified" of Butterflies

    Meanwhile, Kris praised her youngest daughter for her tactful handing of her pregnancy. Jenner was spotted with her BFF Jordyn Woods in Calabas when the photos were taken .
    5 dead after 'horrific murder spree' in Johnson County

    5 dead after 'horrific murder spree' in Johnson County

    Later, about seven miles away in downtown Paintsville, two women were shot dead in an apartment. According to investigators, a witness said the suspect left the scene in a black Toyota Camry.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.