Feb 09, 2018
NBA Weekly Review Feb 9, 2018
The NBA trade deadline officially wrapped up yesterday, and if you were hoping the struggling Cavaliers would shake up their roster, well you got what you hoped for. The Cavs basically decided to scrap everything they built this offseason and start again 53 games into the campaign. The big move was shipping Isaiah Thomas off to Los Angeles with Channing Fry and a 2018 first round pick for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance. This move comes just 15 games into I.T.’s Cleveland career. The trade clears up salary space for the Lakers to shop for a free agent this next offseason. What free agent? Well, it could just be LeBron, but the other big name being tossed around is Paul George. The Cavs weren’t done there though, they also went and grabbed George Hill and Rodney Hood, while dumping Joe Johnson, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, and Derrick Rose. After all the dust had settled, Cleveland dealt Wade back to Miami to top off their eventful day. The moves were made in an effort to right their sinking ship, it makes them younger and gives them some shooters to surround LeBron with. Only time will tell if it’s enough to get LeBron to his eighth consecutive NBA final.
There were other smaller moves made this week, but the Cavs really stole the show. Taking a look at actual games, Tuesday gave us great showdowns in the East and the West, at least they were good on paper. The number two seed Raptors played host to the Celtics who sit atop the East. Thanks to a 36 point second quarter, the Raptors entered half-time with a comfortable 21-point lead and walked away with a 20-point victory. The Celtics had trouble sharing the ball as Rozier led the team with four assists. Kyrie was quiet in his return with only 21.5 fantasy points, a season-low for him. For the Raptors, Lowry was hot with a 23/8/4 stat line and a game-high 43.6 fantasy points. CJ Miles had 20 bench points, with five buckets from beyond the arch.
In the West, the Warriors lost big time to the Thunder 125-105 at home. The game was all Thunder from the get-go. Westbrook looked like a man on a mission with 34 points, 21 of which came in the first quarter. Paul George had 38 points, six threes, and 63.5 fantasy points in the routing. The Thunder have now beat their divisional rival Warriors twice this season with an average margin of victory of 18.5. In addition to the loss, which was their third in four games, Green picked up his 12th and 13th technical fouls. He has since picked up a 14th, with 16 being the magic number resulting in a game suspension. The Warriors are far from panic mode, but they have not been playing like the dynasty we’ve been accustomed to watching the last few seasons. They are definitely ready for the All-Star break.
The biggest performance of the week came from the King the night before his team underwent their big makeover. The Cavs outlasted the Timberwolves in a 140-138 overtime barn burner, after dropping their previous two by a combined deficit of 50. LeBron had a 37/10/15 triple-double, and one extremely clutch overtime block to top off his 72.5 fantasy points. That performance led all Draftboard scores this week. We’ll see if it will help lead the newly revived Cavs to pick up their season.