Cleveland- Wednesday night is the game Cavs fans have talked about since last July. Specifically when LeBron James announced his intentions to play for the Lakers. The announcement was really not a surprise. At least in comparison to the first time, in 2010. It was a simple tweet from Jame’s Twitter account, not a big spectacle. Tonight marks the opportunity for fans to say thank you.
The energy around the game will make it feel like it matters more, but it will be just one win or one loss in the end. Wednesday is just a regular NBA, despite the National attention. The attention is deserved, everyone remembers the last time LeBron played his first game in Cleveland in another uniform. The crowd showered him with boos. There was a lot of hate in Quicken Loans Arena that night, Cleveland felt betrayed. Tonight will be different, not only from the fans, but from the organization. A tribute video early on will allow everyone to remember all the moments James and Cavs shared for 11 seasons.
Two old friends, that are headed in different directions.
The Cavaliers are in a bit of disary at the moment, just as the eyes of the NBA will be on the team the most. Cleveland comes in with the league’s worst record (2-13), a roster riddled with injuries, and now Jr Smith is no longer with the team. While the Lakers are winners in seven of their last nine games, highlighted by James’s 51 performance against Miami.
The Cavaliers are now headlined by rookie Collin Sexton who has been playing well since taking over the starting point guard spot for the injured George Hill. The Jr Smith news opens up minutes for David Nwaba, who had already been playing his way into more minutes. Nwaba plays with an aggressiveness that the Cavaliers need, especially off the bench as the Cavs first quarter struggles continue. In Cleveland’s last three losses the Cavaliers have given up on average of 38 points in the opening quarter.
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, oh
- Collin Sexton
- Rodney Hood
- Cedi Osman
- David Nwaba
- Tristan Thompson
- Lonzo Ball
- Kyle Kuzma
- Brandon Ingram
- LeBron James
- JaVale McGee
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