The Cleveland Cavaliers will play their first game with their newly-formed squad today. This game will also be their first test with the team as they play one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics. The Cavs will have their hands full playing against a team that did not make any changes to their roster besides a signing of veteran Greg Monroe after he was bought out from the Suns.
Cleveland had a successful game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday and it seemed like the team was back to having fun. LeBron James and Cedi Osman seem to have developed a sense of chemistry that has formed through Osman’s first career start. Osman will continue to play considerable minutes and will start today against the Boston Celtics; Osman will see his minutes reduced when Rodney Hood gets comfortable with the team.
These few games may provide us an interesting view on Osman. He has been a fan favorite so far this season and his play has backed up the fans’ reasoning. Whenever Osman has been given a decent amount of minutes, he has produced.
Osman has loved the role that he has played, but he also senses that this is his time to strike. He’s never been given this chance in his NBA career. Osman provides the Cavs an interesting choice. Do you continue to start Osman and develop him for a possible life without LeBron James next season? Playing and starting with LeBron James would be a valuable experience for him going forward and he would expedite his maturation process. Or, do you give Hood and Jordan Clarkson the minutes and try and have the veterans prove their talent.
All four newly-acquired players will suit up for the game and George Hill will start for the team. This was obvious and known from the minute he got traded to Cleveland. Hill brings leadership and talent to the team that we sorely needed at the point guard position. It was very toxic because of Isaiah Thomas’ actions. Clarkson, Hood and Larry Nance Jr. will come off the bench and provide a young vibe and sense of effort that has evaded the team since the start of the season.
The last time Cleveland played against Boston, they had only three of the six players that were traded on the roster. Thomas, Rose and Shumpert did not suit up for the game and they were blown out from the start of the game. Osman, who has been a factor whenever given minutes, was also only given nine minutes and only posted two points.
With a newly-reloaded team, expect Cleveland to win today. Cleveland has a much more motivated team this time around and the new players will have something to prove, along with Osman.
Final score 102-93.