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Cavs demolish Celtics 121-99 as LeBron sits 4th quarter

Cavs Top Thunder in Hard Fought Affair 120-112 Cavs Top Thunder in Hard Fought Affair 120-112 Weston Shepherd
Rita Gibson | 12 February, 2018, 13:16

Thomas, who came over in last summer's blockbuster trade with Boston for Kyrie Irving, played in just 15 games and wasn't fitting in with Cleveland on or off the floor after he returned from a hip injury. But, it's also smart that the Cavaliers chose to do what was best for them, and not LeBron James for once.

But on Thursday afternoon, this game became way more intriguing.

Cleveland is also getting steady veteran guard George Hill from the Kings in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert. Since he was drafted in 2011, Thomas has now been dealt four times: From Sacramento to Phoenix in July, 2014, from Phoenix to Boston in February, 2015, from Boston to Cleveland and from Cleveland to the Lakers. Wade's age, 36, has caught up with him and was lost amidst Cleveland's decision to move towards a younger roster. Both are shooters who can heat up in an instant and hail in three pointers, although Thompson's more consistent in a 7-game series and throughout the season.

The perimeter upgrades will bring shooting and size to Cleveland's backcourt. Hill would end up scoring 12 points in his debut hitting two threes and providing smart defense on the Celtics' backcourt.

The last of Korver's daggers in that stretch came on a buzzer-beater and fueled the momentum for a fourth quarter that pushed the lead above 20 points. Only one current member of the Cavaliers, Kevin Love, grabs as many contested rebounds (3.5) as Nance.

All things considered, the team they were facing, being on the road and the short time frame they have to get it together, this was Cleveland's best win of the season.

'Important occasion': North Korea praises visit to the South during Winter Olympics
The Koreas previously held summits in 2000 and 2007, both hosted in Pyongyang by Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's late father. A spokesperson for Moon's office said that pre-conditions needed to be met before the summit takes place.

With these trades, Cleveland reinserted itself into the Eastern Conference's list of contenders.

Asked about the team's renewed spirit, Lue clarified it was because of losing, not the players traded. LeBron's teammates have struggled to knock down the shots he has been providing in recent weeks so hopefully the new line-up will be able to convert more than the old side, in order to give the Celtics a good game on Sunday. "They dominated the game in all areas".

And Altman completed the stunning midseason renovation by trading Dwyane Wade back to Miami, where he'll finish his career with the franchise that drafted him and the one he put on the map by winning three titles. Whether they should have given up their first-round pick for Nance can be debated and no one has the right answer right now.

Besides their own first-round pick, the Cavaliers did not lose much in future value. James has a close relationship with Wade and had expressed appreciation for Frye. He had been the subject of trade rumors, mentioned in a possible deal for Hill. Nance is on a cheap contract next season. A superstar player will never sign with Detroit. If he stays, something unexpected can happen for them to win another championship. Just LeBron, he's going to make those guys better, I know that for sure.

Altman has made his second big move (or moves) in his tenure as general manager.

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