How much energy will he need to reserve in the second half to have the best shot at reaching the NBA Finals for an eighth straight year? The moment was posted on Twitter by the National Basketball Association on TNT.
The effort, which was lacking against one of the West's up-and-coming teams in Minnesota, might have been the Thunder's low point of the season.
Stephenson's career bottomed after those matchups as he bounced between five different teams before rediscovering his game with the Pacers.
Golden State is on the second night of a back-to-back to begin a hard five-game road trip. But it could be a cause for concern for Cavaliers fans who are growing impatient with the way the team is playing right now.
Cleveland ranks third in three pointers attempted per game (32.8) while in ranks 25th (24.9). Fred VanVleet notched a team-high 22 points while Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl had 16, 14 and 12 points, respectively. In late December, after a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Ibaka was involved in some sort of altercation with a team staff member that caused the Raptors to suspend him for one game. Thomas, in his fourth game back, logged a season-high 25 minutes and was a nauseating 2-of-15 from the floor; he had missed all 10 of his first-half attempts.
Will Barton led the way for the Nuggets with 17 points, while Trey Lyles came off the bench to net 16. Jonas Valanciunas feasted on the Cavaliers frontcourt and totaled 15 points and 18 rebounds. DeRozan managed just 13 points on below 40-percent shooting, although he was able to set up teammates dishing 8 dimes without a turnover. The Cavs opened -1 and were bet up to -2.5.
After falling behind 6-4, the Cavs went on a 22-0 run in the first quarter.
Isaiah Thomas struggled for the second consecutive game in his comeback from a torn labrum in his right hip. That's usually a combination that equates to postseason success.In terms of point differential, the Cavs are 11th while Toronto ranks second, trailing the Golden State Warriors.Despite the Cavs' terrible stretch, ranking as the league's worst defense in the three games since Isaiah Thomas - who was supposed to lift the team to new heights - in the starting lineup, the Cavs don't seem too concerned.
"I'm going to say this and we're going to move forward because it's over", Lue said before the IN game as an explainer.
It's a new format for the All-Star Game this season, with captains picking teams in what will surely lead to some wildly overblown stories about how this person didn't pick that person and whatever.
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