The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a completely different team as they made a Celtics team that beat them by 24 just over five weeks ago look like the team the Cavs were less than a week ago. Hill hit shots and made things hard for his matchup on defense, Nance is a walking and living embodiment of the Energizer Bunny, Hood feels like a younger version of JR Smith (who suddenly looked like JR Smith again), and Clarkson was everywhere.
James had 24 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists in the 121-99 victory, which was against an Eastern Conference rival, and the same team the Cavaliers defeated in last season's conference finals. Then, we get Rodney Hood, who had a little bit of it a year ago with Utah. George Hill brought his steady veteran skill set as the only new player to start for Cleveland; joining LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson to open the game.
George Hill started at the point guard spot, showing off his ability on the defensive end, as well as his range.
Here's sample of how much fun LeBron was having in the second half. LeBron James will now be playing alongside former Lakers Larry Nance Jr and Jordan Clarkson, after sending Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to Los Angeles. Nance's numbers might not have showed it, but his energy played a role in the Cavs' defense holding Boston to just 40.4 percent from the floor. They had to, you know, work to score. It sounds simple but this task was something that seemed impossible for the Cavs less than a week ago.
Unharried Potter beats big names for surprise Pebble Beach win
Day began the final round at Pebble Beach today within two shots of the lead, but his challenge faltered on the front nine. The win was only the second of Potter Jr.'s career and his first since the 2012 Greenbrier Championship.
Second-year forward Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum, the third pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, have been starting and producing the entire season.
The five-time NBA All-Star (including his 2018 call up) is now in the top 10 in the league for points per game, averaging 24.9 (as of February 6).
The Cavs star's individual performance was reminiscent of the rivalry's heyday.
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.