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Fear The Sword Oct 16, 2017
J.R. Smith doesn’t view Celtics as greater threat than last season

J.R. Smith doesn’t view Celtics as greater threat than last season

J.R. is out here throwing shade. The Cavs and Celtics have started a burgeoning rivalry after two playoff meetings in the last three years and a blockbuster deal this summer that swapped superstar point guards for one another and left a lot of hurt feelings on both sides. Well, J.R. Smith is not typically one to put out fires, and he added some gasoline to this one when he was asked if he viewed the Celtics as a greater threat to the Cavaliers this season after overhauling their roster, via Cleveland.com: "Not really, honestly," Smith said. "I mean they have Ky (Kyrie Irving), but last...
Fear The Sword Oct 16, 2017
J.R. Smith declares that LeBron James will play in season opener

J.R. Smith declares that LeBron James will play in season opener

J.R. sure seems confident, but we’ll see if he’s ultimately right. Tyronn Lue still hasn’t said whether LeBron James, who is dealing with an ankle injury, will suit up in the Cavaliers season opener against the Boston Celtics. J.R. Smith, however, seemed a little more confident, via Cleveland.com: "Oh, he's gonna go," Smith said after practice Monday. "He's gonna go, trust me that. I don't care what he's gotta do, he's gonna play." Smith, of course, doesn’t actually know if James is going to play or not (as far as we know,) but cited James competitiveness and his history of never...
Sun Herald Oct 16, 2017

Cavs' Smith expects James to keep opening night streak alive despite sprained ankle

LeBron James told J.R. Smith he hasn't missed an opening game since he began playing basketball as an eight-year-old. Based on that conversation, Smith seemed sure Monday that James will …
Fear The Sword Oct 13, 2017
Iman Shumpert to start in place of LeBron James vs. Magic

Iman Shumpert to start in place of LeBron James vs. Magic

J.R. Smith asked to come off the bench as he acclimates to his new role. With LeBron James out tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Orlando Magic, Iman Shumpert will start in his place with J.R. Smith coming off the bench. According to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, Smith asked to come off the bench. "Actually he came up to me and asked me if he could come off the bench so he could get used to playing with the second unit, so I think it will be OK," Lue said, per cleveland.com. Shumpert returned on Tuesday from a sprained foot. When James returns, and he returns to the bench, he is...
Fear The Sword Oct 13, 2017
Richard Jefferson jokes about potentially being cut on Road Trippin’ podcast

Richard Jefferson jokes about potentially being cut on Road Trippin’ podcast

RJ might not be doing too many more Road Trippin’ pods with the Cavaliers soon. Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye are famously candid on their Road Trippin’ podcast, and Jefferson took that up a notch on Friday’s episode with J.R. Smith. In a discussion about Smith moving to the bench, Jefferson, whose spot on the Cavaliers is looking shakier by the day, poked fun at his current situation: "Everybody has to sacrifice." - Frye"I'm about to sacrifice my way out of here." - RJ"Oh, god, come on. Too soon, too soon!" - Frye— Carter Rodríguez (@Carter_Shade) October 13, 2017 This...
Fear The Sword Oct 11, 2017
J.R. Smith frustrated to lose starting spot but won’t make trouble for Cavs

J.R. Smith frustrated to lose starting spot but won’t make trouble for Cavs

Smith wasn’t happy to lose his starting spot, but won’t be a problem for the Cavs next year. The Cavaliers have a revamped starting lineup featuring Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, LeBron James and Kevin Love. Unfortunately, that means that Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith are out of the lineup, and J.R. Smith says he’s “absolutely” frustrated that he lost his place in the starting lineup, via Cleveland.com: "Was pretty much bracing myself for it," said Smith, who compared what happened with Wade to a situation he experienced with the New York Knicks. "Was working hard all...

Cavs' J.R. Smith 'absolutely' frustrated over losing starting spot to Dwyane Wade

Wade moving into Cleveland's starting lineup was something J.R. expected would possibly happen
Sun Herald Oct 11, 2017

Report says Cavs' J.R. Smith vented to Tristan Thompson after losing starting job

Seeking to vent and saying he was "absolutely" frustrated after losing his starting spot to Dwyane Wade on Monday, Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith told Cleveland.com he commiserated with Tristan Thompson. …
Fear The Sword Oct 10, 2017
Fear the Links: The Cavs’ starting lineup changes

Fear the Links: The Cavs’ starting lineup changes

That and more in today’s links. Happy Tuesday, everyone. Later today, LeBron James will play in his first preseason game. Here are today’s links. ICYMI from Fear the Sword: How Tristan Thompson’s impact could change coming off the bench, Dwyane Wade will start for the Cavs, Derrick Rose will still start, but be subbed out early to run the Cavs’ second unit, Cedi Osman made an impression against the Wizards and a J.R. Smith player preview At Sports Illustrated, Rohan Nadkarni has a really cool profile of Dion Waiters. It’s an interesting look at a guy who is more complicated than...
Fear The Sword Oct 9, 2017
2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Previews: J.R. Smith

2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Previews: J.R. Smith

When the Cleveland Cavaliers first traded for J.R. Smith, he was an afterthought. But over the years, Smith has grown into an essential piece of the Cavs success. With him out of the lineup for lots of the regular season last year, the team’s defense regressed in a big way. He has been the team’s best perimeter defender and a vital part of the team’s spacing. His role will likely be reduced with the presence of Dwyane Wade, but he still will be one of the most important X-factors on the team. Smith’s regular season three point percentage of 35.1 percent last season was the lowest...
Fear The Sword Oct 9, 2017
Dwyane Wade will start for the Cavaliers at shooting guard

Dwyane Wade will start for the Cavaliers at shooting guard

Tyronn Lue is leading with Dwyane Wade at shooting guard over J.R. Smith. There’s been a running question since the Cavaliers added Dwyane Wade to the roster about who would eventually slot into the starting lineup. Well, today, we have our answer. At practice Monday, coach Tyronn Lue says Wade will start and J.R. Smith will come off the bench: Tyronn Lue said Dwyane Wade will start at shooting guard for the Cavs and JR Smith will come off bench this season— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) October 9, 2017 A starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Jae Crowder and Kevin...
Fear The Sword Oct 9, 2017
Derrick Rose to start at point guard

Derrick Rose to start at point guard

The Cavs starting point guard will be Derrick Rose. It should be no surprise that Derrick Rose will start the season at point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Isaiah Thomas out until January, Rose gives the team its most proven option at the point guard position. In addition, his play to this point in the preseason has been impressive, as he has shown consistent explosiveness and efficiency while surrounded by the Cavs shooters. On Monday, news came down that Dwyane Wade would be starting at shooting guard for the foreseeable future. Meaning J.R. Smith would come off the bench. Along...
Sun Herald Oct 9, 2017

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue chooses Dwyane Wade over J.R. Smith as starting shooting guard

By moving center Tristan Thompson to the second unit, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue already served notice there would be more emphasis on scoring this season. But that point became even …
Fear The Sword Oct 8, 2017
Final Score: Cavs fall to 0-3 in preseason with 102-94 loss to Wizards

Final Score: Cavs fall to 0-3 in preseason with 102-94 loss to Wizards

Without most of the rotation, Cleveland lost in the nation’s capital. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason will rev into full gear on Tuesday when LeBron James makes his debut. Sunday’s 102-94 loss to the Washington Wizards was simply a holdover. With James, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Jae Crowder all resting, Tyronn Lue relied on a completely different set of players, some of whom may not see much playing time once the regular season starts. Jeff Green lead the Cavs with 19 points, two which came when he posterized Wizards center Ian...
Fear The Sword Oct 6, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers gamethread

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers gamethread

The Cavs look to pick up their first win of the preseason. Good evening, Fear the Sword. Ready for some basketball? Start time: 7:30 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Go Cleveland Cavaliers expected starting lineup: Derrick Rose, J.R. Smith, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love Indiana Pacers expected starters: Darren Collison, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thad Young, Myles Turner Cavaliers injuries: LeBron James (OUT - ankle), Cedi Osman (low back spasms, status to be determined) Pacers injuries: Ike Anigbogu, (Right knee surgery rehabilitation, TBD), Trey McKinney-Jones, (Left shoulder...

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