Only 24 video games continue to be on the 2018-19 plan when what is loosely termed the next fifty percent of the year begins for the Cavaliers on Feb. 21 in a home activity with Phoenix, and mentor Larry Drew hopes to make the most of them.
By the time the Cavs perform the Suns, Drew expects Tristan Thompson to be back again from a foot personal injury. Also, Kevin Like really should be perfectly-rested as he receives back again in participating in shape from his individual foot personal injury. Cedi Osman really should no extended be on minutes restrictions for the reason that of an ankle personal injury.
“Mentally, I think we’re in a quite superior spot,” Drew reported on Feb. 13. “The way the very first fifty percent of this year has long gone, I’ve been in cases where by following a very poor very first fifty percent, men have long gone into the split with a good deal of doubt. I never see that with our club.”
The Cavaliers are 12-46 at the split. The only teams with even worse records are the Knicks (11-47) and the Suns (11-48). The Knicks snapped an 18-activity shedding streak on Feb. 14 when they beat the Hawks in Atlanta, 106-91.
The Cavs perform 12 video games in opposition to teams with profitable records and 12 in opposition to teams with shedding records the rest of the way. Irrespective of obtaining only 29.2 p.c of their plan remaining, the Cavaliers, if wholesome, really should earn just about as numerous video games following the split as they did the very first 70.8 p.c of the year.
“I’m definitely hoping and retaining my fingers crossed we can get every person back again at after,” Drew reported. “We haven’t had that all year. I just want to get every person alongside one another in the fitness center personal injury-totally free, Then we can see what we definitely have.
“The power is there and the enthusiasm is there. This team has pushed by the adversity the very first fifty percent of the year. I’m very happy of them and hunting forward to following the split.”
A wholesome staff for the remaining 24 video games could make keeping amongst the bottom a few teams difficult. The teams with the a few worst records in the league have the very best mathematical prospect (14 p.c) of profitable the lottery to get the very first select in the draft in June. The Cavaliers are only one particular activity even worse than the Chicago Bulls (14-44) and 5 video games behind the Hawks.
• The NBA All-Star Video game, which suggestions off at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 on TNT, is unwatchable, in my impression, just as the Pro Bowl in the NFL is unwatchable. Game titles in which defense is taboo are boring.
It didn’t utilized to be as undesirable as it is now. In 1986, for example, back again when Magic Johnson played for the Lakers and Larry Chook played for Celtics, the East beat the West, 139-132. And yes, the a few-level rule was in perform then. The 3-level shot went into influence following the 1979 year.
Two many years in the past, The West beat the East, 192-182. A whole of 122 a few-level pictures were being attempted. That works out to one particular a few-level attempt each and every 23.6 seconds. Forty-a few 3s (35.2 p.c) were being successful, which suggests 79 pictures misfired. Almost everything else appears to be to be a dunk fest.
• Nik Stauskas, obtained by the Cavaliers in a trade with Portland on Feb. 3 and then signed by the Cavs on Feb. 12 for the rest of the year, had a unusual tale to tell.
“It’s outrageous, I haven’t still left Cleveland,” he reported following a exercise previous 7 days. “When I received traded right here, I flew to Cleveland on Monday (Feb. 4) and was equipped to exercise after with the staff. I sat on the bench for the Boston activity.
“I received traded to Houston (Feb. 6), but no one particular ever booked me a flight to Houston, they were being imagining they were being still going to make some moves and I was possibly going to be traded all over again. So I stayed in Cleveland, received traded to Indiana (Feb. 7), the exact same detail occurred. I was informed, ‘Just variety of continue to be place, never ebook any flights.’
As quickly as Indiana waived me, Koby (Cavs standard manager Koby Altman) termed me and reported, ‘We’re going to do the job with you back again right here in Cleveland.’ They were being now on the street, so I stayed place at the hotel. I’m glad it labored out.”
Stauskas played 20 minutes in opposition to the Knicks on Feb. 11 and scored a few points. He played 23 minutes in the triple time beyond regulation reduction to Brooklyn on Feb. 13 and scored seven points.
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