The Cleveland Cavaliers came away with a win over the Atlanta Hawks despite being without their newly acquired players in the NBA on Friday.
The Cavaliers were excited to have four new players on the roster, but they could not use any of them, so they had to make the best with what they had.
What they had were a total of 10 players suit up, two of whom were on two-way contracts.
Yet they came away with a 123-107 victory and did so by going back to what has made them so good in recent years. They shot the ball extremely well and Kyle Korver led the way.
The 36-year-old shooting guard scored a season-high 30 points on nine-of-16 shooting and seven-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc. His performance led a group of misfits with Ante Zizic, London Perrantes, John Holland and Cedi Osman to a win many thought would be impossible – even against the lowly Hawks.
It helped that LeBron James had a triple-double with 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds, but Korver's performance is what really gave the Cavaliers an extra boost. Cleveland needed a boost while they wait for reinforcements acquired before Thursday's trade deadline.
"It can be good for us offensively and defensively, starting all over and breaking everything down from scratch will be good for this team," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told reporters after the game, via ESPN. "Even guys who have been here, I think it will be good. It will take some time to do that but we've got the All-Star break coming up... We'll try to get those guys up to speed as quickly as possible."
The Cavaliers not only have new players coming in, but they have six players going out as well. One of those players went out on more of a friendly deal as Dwyane Wade was sent home to Miami. It was bittersweet for James to see one of his best friends go, but to see the reception Wade got before the 91-85 win over the Bucks alleviated much of the pain.
Rockets center Clint Capela just keeps on starring. The 23-year-old center had 23 points, 25 rebounds and two blocks in Houston's 130-104 win over the Nuggets.
The Pacers tallied a 97-91 upset over the Celtics and a big reason was Victor Oladipo. He scored 35 points with 10 rebounds and five steals.
Miami's Goran Dragic was selected as an All-Star but Friday's performance was not very good. He went one for 11 from the floor with six points and three assists in 27 minutes of playing time in the Heat's win over the Bucks.
Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell is competing in the dunk contest next week and showed why Friday in a 106-94 win over the Hornets.
Los Angeles Clippers 108-95 Detroit Pistons
Philadelphia 76ers 100-82 New Orleans Pelicans
Cleveland Cavaliers 123-107 Atlanta Hawks
Indiana Pacers 97-91 Boston Celtics
Houston Rockets 130-104 Denver Nuggets
Miami Heat 91-85 Milwaukee Bucks
Utah Jazz 106-94 Charlotte Hornets
Chicago Bulls 114-113 Minnesota Timberwolves
Portland Trail Blazers 118-100 Sacramento Kings
SPURS AT WARRIORS
The Warriors have more talent and depth than the Spurs, but San Antonio always find a way to compete. Dejounte Murray and Kyle Anderson have emerged as legitimate role players with injuries early in the season to Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard. Their development will only make the Spurs more difficult to beat when they are at full strength.
18 de febrero 2018
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