Cavaliers rest LeBron James, nearly half roster in Sunday’s preseason game vs. Wizards
The Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James and nearly half the roster in Sunday’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards.
In the wake of changes to the All-Star Game earlier in the week, in which players will be selected by captains and will be selected in a pool of the 12 best East All-Stars and the 12 best West All-Stars, regardless of conference loyalties, Silver says the league will consider the playoff idea.
The most important thing of the day: Will Edwin Encarnacion start for the Indians? He spoke with ESPN’s Marly Rivera after Tuesday’s workout and said he expects to be in the lineup. I feel very good. I ran, I hit and did everything we deemed necessary to evaluate if I can play [Wednesday], he said. Me being in the lineup [Wednesday] is what we all want; it’s what I want. … Us Latinos, Dominicans — we leave our body and soul on the field during the game … so let’s go! The Indians have hit .173 in the first four games, so getting Encarnacion back as a threat in the middle of the lineup will certainly be a big lift.
If you’re only going to watch one game, tune in for: Yankees at Indians. Back in 2009, CC Sabathia had just signed a huge contract as a free agent with the Yankees. He was 28 years old, won 19 games and was at the peak of his powers. He started five games that postseason, including two on three days of rest, and posted a 1.98 ERA. The Yankees won the World Series. Did you think that eight years later Sabathia would be starting a do-or-die game for the Yankees? Especially after winning just 18 games over the previous three seasons? Yet here he is, making his 15th postseason start in pinstripes.
Yes, Brown might like that Tatum doesn’t get caught up in his own hype, but he doesn’t mind fueling it, either.
You can expect a great year from JT, Brown said. I think scoring the ball is something that he does easy and I think we’re going to need that. I think that’s going to be obvious.
I think Jayson’s athleticism and his versatility, being able to guard multiple positions and things like that, are going to be impressive as well. And his length — when we start getting deep into the playoffs, we’re going to need that. JT’s going to be a great asset to this team going forward and going into the future for however long he’s here or I’m here.
Yet, there is a plus side. They averaged 17.4 combined points in the paint per game last season, which would have ranked first among starting backcourts (the Wizards were tops at 16.6). Also, their combined free throws made per game (7.2) and drives per game (16.2) both would have ranked a respectable eighth among all starting backcourts last season (all numbers courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information research).
James has a penchant for making the pieces around him better. It will be on him, along with Lue, to find a way to make everything fit.
It’s still surreal, James said of the Cavs’ collection of talent. And it’s still a work in progress with all of us. We’re all still adjusting.
I’m fascinated to see how Kuzma continues to develop as a shooter. I can’t recall a case of a player showing this kind of improvement from the NBA 3-point line so early. The change to his projection incorporating summer league stats dwarfs the next-highest improvement, for Anthony Morrow when he went 11-of-20 from 3 in summer league play in 2008. (Morrow went on to exceed even his revised projection by shooting 46.7 percent on 3s as a rookie.)