February 18, 2019

LeBron James posts triple-double as depleted Cavaliers roll

12 February 2018, 01:18 | Anna Jefferson

Addition by subtraction

Addition by subtraction

Cleveland is hoping to have those players available for Saturday's contest vs. Boston in what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. After the game, James said, "It was a good start".

And Cleveland, a team mired in reported disarray for weeks leading up to the trade deadline, enjoyed it.

Despite the complete overhaul of the Cavaliers roster, LeBron James is still one of the best players in the league and will cause the Boston Celtics a lot of problems this Sunday. It's unlikely he'll be any more willing to delve into the topic at that point. After star guard Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics, the Cavs were dealt an injury blow when forward Kevin Love suffered a hand injury. Boston formally signed free-agent center but didn't unlock the safe containing its pile of future draft assets while considering further bench upgrades. Joining Hill in Cleveland's new-look starting lineup will be LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and Cedi Osman.

Stevens had more pressing concerns, including how to integrate Monroe into the lineup. They still find themselves 6.5 games out of first place.

Monroe finished with five points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in a shade less than 20 minutes.

"More so it's going to be a walk-through, just trying to teach the new guys the plays and what we're trying to do defensively", Lue said.

Regardless, things couldn't be worse than they were before, and the locker room vibe was obviously reaching the event horizon. "Him and Steven Adams, and I've got to see him next". So we got some hungry guys. "It's just a matter of time".

"He gets to go back home and that's how it should be", James said. The 10-time NBA All-Star played 15 seasons in Boston, winning the one Finals series and playing in another in 2010.

"The small little doses that I was able to play with Jae and IT, I wish it could have been better than it was", James said.

Ultimately, these four players will make the Cavaliers a much more competitive team than they had been looking like for the past month. I'm happy to be a part of that.

"Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us", Altman said.

Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 25 points.

Korver hit four straight 3-pointers to end the third quarter, including one at the buzzer, as part of an 18-2 Cavaliers run that essentially put away the game. I mean, [referee] Billy [Kennedy] was behind me.

"That's what I needed to bring in", Altman said.

James made his return to the game just three minutes into the second after receiving treatment on his right knee.

Apprised of Morris' comments, Irving wouldn't bite. But I just want to be where I'm wanted. "It hasn't been as planned, but I definitely want to be here".

The next chance to see the new look Cavs in action will come Tuesday night in Oklahoma City against the Thunder.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers can improve their defence, it'll translate to easy fast break buckets.

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