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James' triple-double, Korver's 30 points lead Cavs past Hawks

12 February 2018

Potentially taking their offence to unforeseeable heights this season.

The "Hello, my name is." tags will be a nice touch.

Hill, Clarkson, Hood and Nance played for the first time on Sunday and guided the Cavs to an impressive 121-99 win over the Celtics in Boston.

And Cleveland, a team mired in reported disarray for weeks leading up to the trade deadline, enjoyed it. The Celtics have lost three of their last four games, falling behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

On an afternoon that was slated to be a five-hour long celebration of the success of Paul Pierce and the Celtics' past, the Celtics' present laid an egg. Altman traded Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade. Pleased to meet you. Nice, great young team. After the game when LeBron was talking to Doris Burke, James sounded raspy after having yelled so many times in celebration.

As you can see below, the Detroit Pistons (+1000) now have the fifth-odds along with the Philadelphia 76ers to land James, behind only the Houston Rockets (+250), Cleveland Cavaliers (+275), Los Angeles Lakers (+500), and Golden State Warriors (+600).

It was perhaps the right thing for Irving to do last summer.

Just like that, the Cavs traded almost half their roster, got substantially younger and more athletic and wedged themselves back into contention to make a fourth straight Finals appearance against Golden State.

"He's excited and I can see a renewed sense of excitement and joy in him when he's in the building and we will see that translate to some fun basketball because he's the key".

And this blind date will have a national television audience.

Lue said he wasn't sure what to expect. "I expect a team that's eager, competitive and ready to come in here and do what champions do".

Korver, 36, more than made up for a short bench. "You want shooters around LeBron, and they've got a ton of that".

Al Horford headlines a terrific supporting cast.

Rodney Hood was aggressive off-the-bat and ended up with 15 points that came from three long-distance shots as well as attacking the rim.

Stephen Curry will likely match up with George Hill if he continues to cement his position as the Cavs' starting point guard, but Curry's underrated defense may prove hard for Hill, who's not really a threatening scorer in the first place. I think we're going to be energetic. Perhaps the most immediate impact we'll see from Clarkson will be on the defensive end of the floor where he is an enormous upgrade over both Thomas and Wade. "But they're a risky team".

Now they've opened up their books, they get a free look at Isaiah Thomas who can help ease the pressure off Lonzo at the end of his rookie season, and maybe even a chance at retaining him for a discount if other offers don't materialize in the wake of a disastrous year for IT. They were criticized strongly by Stevens for their lack of cohesion in Friday's loss to in, and the largest share of their attention must be spent on more provincial matters.

Andre Iguodala has always done an effective job of guarding LeBron James.

"I don't know. Our spirit was different". We really talked well, and as we get to know the terminology ...

Despite the home team's loss, the night belonged to Pierce and his family as they got to hear tribute videos from Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson and see his number 34 raised to the rafters of the Boston Garden arena. They had to do something. "It kind of reminds me when I got to Boston".

James' triple-double, Korver's 30 points lead Cavs past Hawks