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

Cavs guard Rodney Hood

As you can see below, the Detroit Pistons (+1000) now have the fifth-odds along with the Philadelphia 76ers to land James, behind only the Houston Rockets (+250), Cleveland Cavaliers (+275), Los Angeles Lakers (+500), and Golden State Warriors (+600).

The jabs are both amusing and point out how obsessed the League has become with Lebron James and his potential landing spots and the drama in the Cavs locker room. General manager Kolby Altman revamped the roster Thursday while injecting youth.

Cleveland acquired Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings, and dealt Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder in the meantime. While Hill is 31 years old, the other three players are all 25 years old. Wade has said he wanted to end his career with the Heat, and he'll get his chance. We added some more shooting, as well. In essence, it shouldn't take the new guys too long to fit in. For his part, Monroe was asked whether he thinks Boston has enough talent to get back to the East finals this season.

Monroe is a veteran big man that has eight years of experience under his belt already. James has a close relationship with Wade and had expressed appreciation for Frye. "You always knew they were very capable, But, for me, it's more about our group".

However, something that happened at the trade deadline may have just tilted the odds in favor of that LeBron-Lakers union taking place.

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.

LeBron James has been doing his bit to try and get used to his new teammates as quickly as possible in order to get the team back on track this season as, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Cavaliers star will have a few games with his new team on National Basketball Association 2k18 beforehand. He described the four new players as "pretty smart guys". Altman credited Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for making the financial commitment with no long-term pact from James. Nance's numbers might not have showed it, but his energy played a role in the Cavs' defense holding the Celtics to just 40.4 percent from the floor.

Clarkson finished with 17 points while Hood and J.R. Smith each added 15.

Pierce and James had many memorable playoff battles, including Pierce going on to win the NBA Finals after scoring 41 points in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals to eliminate the Cavaliers despite 45 points from James.

With that knowledge heading into Friday's game vs. the Cavs, the Atlanta Hawks fans came prepared with a couple of in-game chants. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.



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