February 17, 2019

Look Cavs spoil Pierce's jersey party

12 February 2018, 11:53 | Anna Jefferson

Paul Pierce emotionally reflects on sacrifices he made to become an NBA champion

Paul Pierce emotionally reflects on sacrifices he made to become an NBA champion

Sure, it's only one game.

Having developed carpal tunnel syndrome through repeated pushing of the reset button in team meetings, management chose to change the bodies when it was apparent that attitudes were staying the same.

The Boston Celtics are a -5 favorite in this game. Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, two former superstars who sacrificed more-lucrative deals to join Cleveland; and Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert, ?two key contributors on the Cavs' historic run to the championship in 2016. It could be George Hill. Pleased to meet you.

The newcomers also are versatile, though, and that trait was evident on the defensive end. LeBron James' final stretch with the franchise should he bolt as a free agent in July will look nothing like the Cavs team that has stumbled to a 7-13 record since Christmas Day. It's good to see that they really looked for him. From here, they appear to be chasing a ghost, albeit one that will stand across from them in flesh and blood this afternoon. However, LeBron leaving the Cavs, again, is very much a possibility and much of that depends on how the Cavs finish out the season.

Cavs' fans probably had the most fun, and for good reason.

And this blind date will have a national television audience. The Celtics are talented enough to do it, but only if they play up to their potential. DeAndre Jordan remained with the Clippers and Tyreke Evans didn't get a trade out of Memphis, meaning two of the names receiving heaviest speculation ahead of the deadline will be right back where they started.

Al Horford headlines a terrific supporting cast.

There's no doubt that his dunks will be what a lot of fans remember, but he was a good player coming off of the bench and he even moved into the starting rotation. "It's my job to as the leader of this team to make sure that I acclimate the new four guys to be around a culture that's built around winning".

Paul Pierce's retirement game was spoiled by Cleveland's refreshing play, as the Cavs outscored Boston 33-20 in the second quarter giving them a 65-52 half-time lead.

But teams are just taking a breath, they are not done. We're happy with the guys that we had, and we're going to be happy with the guys that we have now. It's all how they come together. There was no cohesion, no chemistry, and most notably, no defence.

Nance was never going to be the key piece for the Lakers, but he knew what his role on the team was and he always brought energy to the team.

Monroe spent this past week learning the Boston playbook, but said his biggest challenge now is getting comfortable with the teammates that he has yet to practice with as a group.

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

"But it wasn't working for them".

No, the show was not going well at all, so general manager Koby Altman shouted, "Get me rewrite".

Everyone including the Cavaliers.

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