Cavaliers’ New Faces Yield Results

Spinning off George Hill’s comment that LeBron James is Batman and it’s on the newly acquired Cavaliers players to learn how to be Robins, we offer this line from the 1989 Hollywood version of the Caped Crusader’s tale, the one starring Michael Keaton with Jack Nicholson as an increasingly frustrated Joker.

The Boston Celtics might be thinking the same thing after getting pummeled by James and the new “toys” he has available now on the Cleveland roster.

The heavy lifting done by Cavs GM Koby Altman at the NBA trade deadline Thursday shed a half dozen disappointing and underperforming players, while adding Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., and the new guys wasted no time in contributing Sunday in Boston.

It’s only one game, and not even a full practice, into the new chapter of Cavs’ basketball, which started when general manager Koby Altman sent six players out the door for the four mentioned above.

And we on the road, we want to try and play as well as we can, and we want to try to put ourselves in contention to try to compete for another championship, and that’s my mindset.” Smith, one of just four Cavaliers left from the 2016 NBA championship squad, not getting traded had an impact as well.