James drags Cavs to victory
The Cleveland Cavaliers are not a good basketball team, but yet as long they have LeBron James anything is possible.
That was certainly the case on Wednesday evening as the Cavs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 140-138 in overtime, as James hit a fade away jumper at the buzzer for the win at the Quicken Loans Arena.
James led the way with a game high 37 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds and passing out 15 assists for a triple-double for the contest.
Cleveland needed a vintage James performance to get past the rising Timberwolves and it had become obvious something had to change.
That did on Thursday morning as the Cavaliers shipped out Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected first round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance.
It will be fascinating to see if this rebalances a Cleveland side that desperately needed to change their team dynamic.
Thomas and Frye are also expiring contracts and the Lakers have the ability to offer two max contracts in free agency should they so wish.
Back to the standings and the Cavaliers are currently in third place of the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-22 on the season and have won five of their past ten contests.
Cleveland only has a half game lead over the Washington Wizards, but this trade should help them stop the bleeding in the short term.
Cleveland is in Atlanta on Friday to play the Hawks in the opening contest of a three-game road swing that also takes in the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Western Conference is 2/13 to provide the NBA champions this season, with the Eastern Conference 15/4.
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