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Cavs Slip Slidin’ Away

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In the same week that Paul Simon announced his farewell tour, the Cleveland Cavaliers are experiencing Troubled Waters. But who, if anyone, can be the bridge that leads them to a return trip to the Eastern Conference Finals?

The Cavs displayed a blatant lack of defense and aggression in a 116-98 loss at Orlando on Tuesday night. After leading by 16 at halftime, the Cavs were outscored 65-31 the rest of the way including a paltry 9 points in the 4th Quarter.

Head Coach Tyron Lue exited the sideline in the 2nd Quarter in what has been referred to as food poisoning, a foreshadowing of the ills that would befall his team in the 2nd Half. It seemed as if the Cavs hit the Disney all-you-can-eat buffet at halftime because they repapered from the tunnel a sluggish, somnambulant, and all-together disjointed unit.

In a post-game interview PG Isiah Thomas didn’t exactly retreat into The Sound of Silence alluding to the fractured nature of a team by telling reporters, “When adversity hits, we go our separate ways.” Thomas, who has been critical of his teammates after returning to the floor just weeks ago, went  3-13 from the floor, and seemed to be passively admonished by decreasingly Homeward Bound LeBron James after James threw an errant pass into the Orlando stands.

After the game, James reiterated his statement about not waiving his no-trade clause as the NBA backs into the trade deadline on Thursday with the following: “I’m here for the long-haul, I’m here for this season right now to try to figure out ways to compete… I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that.” (h/t espn.com)  With James not committed to a long-term deal in Cleveland, the Cavs’ front-office cannot mortgage it’s 1st Round Pick (and future)  from the Brooklyn Nets in order to save this sinking ship- there may only be 1 Way to Leave Their Lover (James).

If LeBron wants to return to Graceland, it is clear that it will not be with the Cavaliers unless he gets the help he wants owner Dan Gilbert to pursue. The Cavs are currently sitting in the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs (going 6-13 since Christmas Day) behind James’ “buddy” and 2018 All-Star teammate Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors respectively.

Possible trades that could bolster and pump new life into this roster include perpetually shirtless J.R Smith and Tristan Thompson (obviously with his mind on his impending newborn while turning in a respectable 12-9 performance against the Magic) for a rim protector ala Los Angeles Clipper DeAndre Jordan. The fact is, if the Cavs want to win with LeBron, ownership will have to sacrifice a King’s Ransom (sorry) and if they let LeBron leave after next season, Gilbert’s valuation of the Cavs will likely sink Like A Rock.

For now, James is in total control it would seem, with Diamonds on the Soles of His Shoes (Nikes to be exact) while the rest of the NBA and fans alike await his encore.


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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Says He’s ‘Basically 100 Percent’

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Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward says that he is “basically” 100% eleven months removed from his gruesome 2017-208 season opening-night ankle injury, and has been playing 5-on5 games with teammates to prepare for training camp in October, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.

“I would say I’m basically 100 percent,” Hayward said. “There’s certain things that I think are going to take time — even if I was 100 percent healthy, I’m not 100 percent as far as basketball-wise, just because I haven’t played in a year.

“I’m trying to figure those things out. The last step for me as far as from a physical standpoint is a little explosion, that little last juice bounce that you get. So that’s going to take me the longest time. But like I said, for the most part, I feel very good.”

Hayward discussed the latest milestone in his recovery, playing with his teammates again.

“It’s so much fun being able to play again, and play with my teammates,” Hayward described. “Using these past two weeks, and the next month or so, will be good to kind of get back into the game, feel the rhythm, the timing, different things like that. But it feels pretty good.”

“I think when you go through a process like this, you just find out that, if you want to get back to the player that you were, it takes a lot of effort,” said Hayward. “I think you find the fight within yourself because there’s so many days where I wake up and it’s like, ‘Man, here we go again.’ Another day I’m driving in, it’s freezing cold weather here in Boston, below zero, going into the facility, and the team’s in L.A., or they’re in Miami or whatever, and they’re playing, and I’m picking up marbles and putting them into a bucket. I’m standing on one leg and doing balance drills. I’m shooting from a chair.

“Like, all that stuff, to be able to get up and do it every day, and do it a little bit better the next day, and slowly work off getting out of the chair, and getting out of the boot, and now I can stand and shoot, and now I can do one dribble and shoot — and just the long process. I mean, it was a process and a journey. I’m still not there yet, but it just helped me find kind of a fight in me.”

Hayward is ready for the new season and expects to be on the court for the Celtics when the season tips off.

“Yeah, 100 percent I expect to be out there [on opening night],” Hayward proclaimed. “This is what this time is for me — to kind of find my groove a little bit. Like I said, you can do all the drills you want, all the cardio, the jumping [and] agility stuff. But there’s nothing like playing 5-on-5, so when I play out here with my teammates, when we get into practice situations, that’s going to be the best — playing in the preseason games, that will be the best work I can get.”

“Watching the guys last year just gave me a lot of confidence in our team and what I think we have the ability to do,” said Hayward. “I’ve been playing with some of them these last two weeks, and we have a lot of talent on this team. We have a lot of depth, and it’s going to be a fun year.”

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward Expected to be at ‘Full Speed’ for Training Camp

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Boston Celtics team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is confident that both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will be ready to go when the Celtics open their training camp next month.

“I don’t want to hype it up too much, but I’m saying that if our training camp were starting today that they would be here today going full speed,” Ainge said, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “It’s not like they need an extra month. I think that they know they have an extra month, so they are sort of pacing themselves. They’re playing as if to build up to that opening day of training camp (September 26).”

Hayward only played five minutes in his first season with the team before breaking his ankle during their opening night game, forcing him to miss the entire regular season and playoffs as he recovered.

Irving eventually underwent season-ending surgery in April after dealing with lingering issues in his left knee all season.

“They’ll both be here within the next week or so; by the time Labor Day is over, they will all be playing 5-on-5,” Ainge said.. “I think it’s just a matter of, if they’re not playing 5-on-5 now, then it’s only because they want it more of a controlled environment, I guess. They’re doing everything — dunking the basketball off both legs and playing one-on-one live and jumping and cutting and defending. I’m excited for them.”

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Nets, Knicks Targeting Kyrie Irving

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It’s unclear what Kyrie Irving’s future with the Boston Celtics is, but both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets are poised to pursue him if he hit’s free agency in 2019.

According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, there are already “credible rumblings” that the Knicks and Nets will pursue Irving, whose “intentions are not at all clear at this point”, should the All-Star guard hit the free agent market next July.

“There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that the All-Star guard is eyeing an exit from Boston next summer or that he’s angling to go to New York—as is often speculated,” Stein said.

Irving posted  averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists during his first season with the Celtics.

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