That shift keeps LeBron James in a bit of a different position, as he's forced to move to power forward with Osman in the starting lineup instead of, say, Rodney Hood, who was expected to move into a starters role after coming over in one of three deadline deals last week.
It's one of James' many remarkable traits that a roster halfway turned over just a week ago can show up and play cohesively, moving the ball to open players and generating connected offense. "Seriously, I've said this before".
"Some of the things, we could do on the fly with the guys that we had to start the season or in the past because we knew the schemes". And if the Thunder successfully sign James, Anthony might be able to take his game into another level, knowing that he will get the best chance to win his first title with James and Westbrook running the show. They both missed the last two games with ankle injuries.
James' communication plan seemingly worked as three of the Cavaliers' four newest additions scored at least 13 points in the victory over the Thunder.
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Expectations for the Cavs have skyrocketed since last Thursday, when they went nuclear on their roster ahead of the National Basketball Association trade deadline, dumping five veterans and importing four fresh faces: Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill.
The Thunder responded with an 8-0 run to get back into the game but the Cavaliers led 91-87 heading into the final quarter.
Elsewhere, DeMar DeRozan poured in a team-high 27 points, while Kyle Lowry added 22 as the Toronto Raptors survived a late rally from the Miami Heat to win their sixth straight game. Westbrook and James lead the league in triple-doubles this season with 16 and 10, respectively. It was his third game since returning to the club in a trade with the Cavaliers on Thursday. "This is a great fast-breaking team, and if you give them opportunities, they'll tear it up".