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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...
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
How Tristan Thompson’s impact could change off the bench

How Tristan Thompson’s impact could change off the bench

The Cavs big man has had a laundry list of roles with the team Since the return of LeBron James, Cleveland basketball fans have seen a myriad of different Tristan Thompsons: high-energy role player, Sixth Man of the Year candidate, and valuable starter on a championship team. Each of these Tristans has a slightly different game and contributes in a unique way. In the past three seasons, Thompson has started in 52.5 percent of the regular season games he has played. However, with the changing NBA style and recently revamped Cavaliers roster, Thompson will be out of the starting lineup once...
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 4, 2017
2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Preview: Ante Zizic

2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Preview: Ante Zizic

Can Ante Zizic steal minutes from the Cavaliers other bigs? Despite being one of the most stable positions for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the last half-decade or so, the team will start its fourth center in four years when the season kicks off in a couple weeks. There was fan favorite Anderson Varejao. Then there was fan favorite Timofey Mozgov. Last year there was author-favorite Tristan Thompson. This year there will be Kevin Love. It’s been stable largely because of the omni-presence of Tristan Thompson, now the longest tenured Cavalier by his lonesome. Thompson has been an ironman...
Fear The Sword Oct 3, 2017
Dwyane Wade says he’ll accept backup point guard role

Dwyane Wade says he’ll accept backup point guard role

Dwyane Wade going to the bench is the best outcome for the Cavaliers early on. The Cavaliers starting lineup is starting to take shape, with Jae Crowder taking Tristan Thompson’s place in the starting lineup and Kevin Love moved to center. With Derrick Rose entrenched at the starting point guard spot until Isaiah Thomas gets healthy and LeBron James obviously pencilled in at the wing, that leaves one spot left to decide: shooting guard. Dwyane Wade and J.R. Smith are currently candidates for the position, but Wade says he’ll accept whatever role the Cavs need him to play: Dwyane Wade...
Fear The Sword Oct 3, 2017
Tristan Thompson is embracing coming off the bench

Tristan Thompson is embracing coming off the bench

Tristan Thompson has his eyes on the sixth man of the year award. Coming off a career best season it appeared like Tristan Thompson had established himself as a starting center in the league. However with the Cavs looking to maximize Kevin Love, as well as play a more fast paced offense, Thompson will once again come off the bench. While some players may be apprehensive after losing their starting role, Thompson is embracing the position he’s in and putting the team’s needs ahead of his own. In a recent article, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shared what Tyronn Lue had to say about telling...
Hoops Hype Oct 3, 2017
Trending stories: Tristan Thompson, League Pass Rankings and more

Trending stories: Tristan Thompson, League Pass Rankings and more

These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy! League Pass Rankings: First 15, featuring Showtime and more – via espn.com October 02 10:47 AM Zach Lowe breaks out his comprehensive guide to the most watchable (and least watchable) NBA teams, ranked from 30 to 16. Shares Rudy Gay’s return to Sacramento will have to wait – via blog.mysanantonio.com October 02 04:47 PM New Spurs forward Rudy Gay will not play in tonight’s preseason opener in Sacramento. Shares Hill reunion wasn’t to be – via...
Hot Hot Hoops Oct 3, 2017
Cavaliers starting a center who can’t defend raises questions about the role of a 5

Cavaliers starting a center who can’t defend raises questions about the role of a 5

Cavaliers join the Warriors in switching from shot-blocking centers to passing ones. Tyron Lue announced Kevin Love as the Cleveland Cavaliers new starting center in place of Tristan Thompson, because of Love's ability to initiate a transition offense. "He's a great passer," Lue said of Love. "Fives (centers) have to get out and try to guard him on the pick and roll with LeBron and D-Rose and those guys making plays, so it's going to be tough for those guys. We liked it." Center Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and newly acquired forward Jae Crowder will take Love's former spot,...
NBA Oct 2, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers moving Kevin Love to center, Tristan Thompson to bench

Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is being moved after all - from forward to center.
Fear The Sword Oct 2, 2017
2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Preview: Jae Crowder

2017-18 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Preview: Jae Crowder

What can we expect from the Cavs’ new forward? From watching the Cavaliers play against Jae Crowder and the Boston Celtics the past few years, we can say this with certainty: Jae Crowder is not a star. He’s not proficient at creating his own shot. Like most forwards in the league he’s proven unable to effectively guard LeBron James. His record against the Cavs the last three years is 5-13. However, just as Tristan Thompson has proven capable of taking over games with his offensive rebounding or J.R. Smith with his three-point shooting, Crowder is likewise capable of being a...
Fear The Sword Oct 2, 2017
Jae Crowder is expected to start for the Cavs this season

Jae Crowder is expected to start for the Cavs this season

Tristan Thompson will be moved to the bench as a result. When the Cleveland Cavaliers begin preseason play on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, their starting lineup will look a little different. According The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, Jae Crowder will start for the Cavs, meaning Kevin Love will shift to center and Tristan Thompson will come off the bench. Per Lloyd, Thompson is “accepting of returning to a reserve role.” Prior to last season, Thompson mostly came off the bench in LeBron James’ first two years back with the Cavs. In starting Crowder, the Cavs are looking to make...
Sun Herald Oct 2, 2017

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue anoints Kevin Love starting center

Coach Tyronn Lue admitted he dreaded telling Tristan Thompson he had decided to go with Kevin Love as the Cavaliers' starting center this season. But Thompson allayed those fears and …
Sun Herald Oct 1, 2017

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue trying as starting center over Tristan Thompson

Kevin Love didn't sound sure if it's a noble experiment or the new reality. But he said he's spent "quite a bit" of the first week of practice working at …

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