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Cross-Court Cavs: Trade Deadline Brings New Faces, New Outlook

With the struggles continuing for the Cavs, and a big week approaching, the NBA trade deadline brought a whole roster switch up for the Cavs. The team made moves all over the league to acquire new young talent to pair along with the Cavs veteran roster. This week proved to be a great rebound week overall, with the new acquisitions topping it all off.

Game 1 of the week took place in Orlando for a match-up with a young Magic squad. The run and gun type game the Magic play was really on display, as veteran Jonathan Simmons led the charge despite LeBron putting up a double-double.

Wednesday brought the Cavs back home for a nationally televised battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves. As expected by most, a back and forth battle ensued. Jimmy Butler and LeBron went at it all game long, with both squad’s supporting casts pitching in along the way. After realizing regulation wasn’t enough, LeBron took matters into his own hands and sinked the game winning fadeaway jumper over Butler to seal a much needed win for the Cavs.

Then came the trade deadline the next day. The Cavs waited a little while until around crunch time to make some moves, and once they got going, it seemed endless. The Cavs most notably shipped away PG Isaiah Thomas and SF Jae Crowder, who the most recently acquired, and in return developed a nice young core in Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers, Rodney Hood from the Jazz, and George Hill from the Kings.

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The newbies were all ineligble to play Friday when the Cavs traveled to Atlanta, but they picked up some practice time to help accommodate themselves to the team. Instead, bench players for the Cavs got minutes, and former Hawk Kyle Korver decided to take over, dropping in 30 points to lead his new squad over the old with a 123-107 victory.

The final game of the week, and arguably the most important one, came on Sunday. The Cavs took on the Boston Celtics, who are currently atop the Eastern Conference, and all the new players for the Cavs would play. And boy did they show up. All 4 of them finished in double digits for points, as they all blew open the scoreboard in the second half once LeBron was finished dominating the first. The outburst help propel the Cavs to an easy blowout victory, 121-99, showing great signs going forward for the team.

As one of the most busy weeks of the season came to a close for the Cavs, the team can say they did well. GM Koby Altman did his part in bringing in the new players, and the rest of the organization clearly played their role exceptionally well. The future is bright, especially after this Sunday’s win against the Celtics, as we all have much to look forward to.

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