Suddenly hot, Smith will attempt to keep the buckets flowing Tuesday when the Cavaliers clash with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Osman, selected with the first pick of the second round of the 2015 National Basketball Association draft after Cleveland traded point guard and 2015 first-round pick Tyus Jones to the Minnesota Timberwolves, has filled in the starting spot vacated by Jae Crowder the past two games. The Cavs have things rolling after the complete overhaul of the roster at the trade deadline, and it's safe to say that coach Lue and the front office would rather not be the butt of jokes across the league after momentarily fixing things for the better as All-Star weekend approaches and the Cavs look to build off the positives as they prepare for the second half of the season. Sunday, Alex Abrines earned a starting nod.
Kerr said he met with Suns coach Jay Triano and explained relinquishing his coaching duties to his players was about reaching his own team and not showing disrespect to his 18-40 opponent, per Haynes, but Suns forward Jared Dudley saw things differently. "It's a big disadvantage [for the opponent] having [James] at the 4, because now you've got four guys that push it out on the break".
"There were times when I wanted to go to [Lue] and be like, 'Listen, man, I'm not playing well". It was a great challenge, so if I start again, it's going to be a great challenge guarding Paul George or Russell Westbrook. Why not take me out?' Fortunately, I didn't and just stuck with it.
However, there was one Twitter notification from an American account that stood out above the rest, according to Osman.
Smith was especially dialed in Sunday when he scored 15 points (6-of-7 shooting) in the Cavaliers' 121-99 romp over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. "But, it's all good. Mental preparation was really good for me". Both have missed the two games since. He made back-to-back 3s in the fourth.
After getting a steal, the 22-year old Osman drove down the floor and went up for a two-handed dunk. I've known T-Lue since my rookie year. "Probably I get too excited".