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Cavaliers coaching staff to have new look in 2018-19

With the NBA in its off-season period, there are going to be changes to every team whether you won your division, conference or even the NBA Finals.

Those changes even happens to assistant coaches and support personnel for each team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA runner-ups for the third time in the past four seasons, have started with their coaching staff.

Jim Boylan 2011 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Phil Handy (courtesy Cleveland Cavaliers)

The changes started when former Wright State University star, Vitaly Potopenko, who worked with the Cavs big men, left to become an assistant under new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff last week.

Now, according to TV, Radio and Talk Show reports, Cleveland will not renew the contracts of assistants Jim Boylan and Phil Handy.

Expected to move up are Dan Geriot, who worked with Handy in player development and former Cavs player Damon Jones.

Jones’ promotion is the key here. Because it is widely known that Jones, who played in Cleveland from 2005-2008, is a very close friend of LeBron James. Sources and rumors have it that James might have wanted him on the coaching staff in order to stay. James’ preference is to stay with the Cavs. He has said all season, his preference this time would be for family and winning.

Damon Jones could be promoted to Tyronn Lue's revamped coaching staff. 2006 photo By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Cavs like what they saw out of Rodney Hood in 21 games; willing to offer a qualifying offer free agent contract

Rodney Hood driving to the basket 2018 photo By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a key trade to get 6’8 shooting guard Rodney Hood in a three-team trade involving the Utah Stars and Sacramento Kings.

The trade was one of several by Cleveland that day to move out aging players and to bring in more athletic, younger players. Thus, the 25-year-old Hood.

He played well in just four months, playing in 21 games, starting 11, averaging 25.3 minutes per game, shooting .813 from the free throw line and 2.6 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors for the third time in the past four years. He was inconsistent at times but showed in the Finals that he can play combining for 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Radio, TV and Sports talk shows are reporting that the Cavaliers, in preparing for next season, are going to offer Duke University product a qualifying offer to stay in Cleveland. He is one of the players that LeBron James likes playing with.

As a restricted free agent, another team can offer Hood a contract that the Cavaliers must match. If Cavs management believe that the offer doesn’t match their monetary worth of Hood, they will lose him to that team.

Management feels that a full training camp under Tyronn Lue and the rest of his teammates will benefit the left-handed shooting Hood.

Cavs suspend J.R. Smith for one-game due to team-related issue

J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.org

 

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended by the team for one game for detrimental conduct. He will serve the suspension tonight as the Cavaliers host Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Tyronn Lue said “something happened after the team’s shootaround” this afternoon that led to Smith’s one-game suspension. Lue also stated that Smith will be back at practice Friday and in the starting lineup on Saturday. Rodney Hood will start tonight vs. the 76ers.

Cavaliers win fourth straight game 120-112 at Oklahoma City behind James and Smith

 

LeBron James dribbling 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - LeBron James, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0, httpscommons.wikimedia.org

A few weeks ago, on January 20, on national television, the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, 148-124 with a bunch of old, useless players who could not keep up with the more athletic Thunder. That was just one of several blowout games that resulted in the Cavs making their blockbuster trades at the deadline.

Last night on the Thunder’s home court, the Cavs basically held their own the entire game with the new-look lineup in a 120-112 victory.

The Cavs have won 4 in a row; are 3-0 since the trade and 2-0 with the new players.

LeBron James scored 37 points and J.R. Smith connected for 18 points.

Teams have to prepare for Cleveland a little different with the new, athletic lineup which includes 31-year-old George Hill and the three, 25 -year-olds, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Cavs led at halftime 62-57 with James scoring 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Smith during that span had 15 points on five 3-point baskets.

Cleveland took total control in the fourth quarter.

The was led by their quartet of stars. Paul George with 25 points, Carmelo Anthony, who had missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, scored 24, Steven Adams had 22 points while grabbing 17 boards and Russell Westbrooke, who also had missed the past couple games with an ankle sprain, scored 21 points.

 

 

Cavs look like a new team with Clarkson, Hill, Hood & Nance Jr. playing well in rout of Celtics, 121-99

Jordan Clarkson dribbling 2015 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

George Hill shooting ball 2014 photo By joshuak8 - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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Larry Nance Jr. with Wyoming in 2014 By Mike Purgatori, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

What a difference a week makes when you are talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They completely ran the Boston Celtics off the court Sunday afternoon in a national television game, 121-99.

Prior to last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Cavs looked old, tired, non-enthusiastic, no spirit. They were embarrassed in national television games often with the outcome settled by halftime by giving up unheard of point totals of 60,70 and 80 to teams like Minnesota, Golden State and Houston.

The trading away of 6 players on the trade deadline day was the most in 30 years (1998).

There best player, LeBron James looked like he did not care at times.

The All-Star look of Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas did not play well and often bickered and did not play consecutive games very often.

The Cavs management felt a change was for the best. So they traded those before mentioned players along with Channing Frye, Jae Crowder and Iman Shupert to get younger, more athletic, more defensive-minded and better shooters.

At Boston’s TD Garden Sunday, the new-look Cavs looked better on defense, took good shots, shared the ball, hustled after loose balls, anticipated passing lanes, and most of all, followed James’ leadership. And speaking of James, he looked like he was back to playing his brand of dominating basketball.

They led 66-47 at the half. Those 66 points were the most the Celtics had surrendered in the first half all season. The Celtics are the NBA’s top defensive team. The Cavs dribbled through, around and over the top to make them look very bad.

James did not let a first quarter leg injury stop him . He had a double-double with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

”The King” took over in the 2nd quarter, scoring 13 points, eight during a Cleveland 13-2 run that turned a close game of 1-point into a double-digit lead. The Celtics never got closer than 10 the rest of the game.

The four new players practiced with the Cavs for the first time on Saturday after passing their physicals. And they played as if they had been with Cleveland all season.

Clarkson scored 17 points, Hood added 15, Hill chipped in with 12 and Nance Jr. scored 5 and looked good on the glass and inside altering shots.

Those new players have made the Cavs the Eastern Conference favorite again.

A week ago, it looked like they would be first-round NBA Playoffs losers for sure.

 

 

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