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Random dribbling after the Cavaliers thriller after a 148-139 home defeat against the Brooklyn Nets in TRIPLE Overtime on Wednesday
. 2 As a dedicated reader, Chip Munn has an e-mail titled "Today's Cavs Vs. Nets "was fun with three additional sessions. But count me in the camp, who wanted the Cavs to lose and that they lose every game for the rest of the year except March 26, 2019. "
. 3 What is the 26th of March? I do not even have to look it up. That's when the Cavs house Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics. Obviously, the old rivalries of the Eastern Conference are dying out.
. 4 The player of the game was All-Star Guard D'Angelo Russell (36 points, eight assists, several big shots), but only because his nets had won. Otherwise, the honor would go to Cav's Guard Jordan Clarkson . Everything he did was break out of the bank for 42 points and eight rebounds.
. 5 I admit I rarely mention Clarkson in my permanent lists of potential Cavs after this season. But that is not intended. Collin Sexton is on this list. Such is Cedi Osman as Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson . Undoubtedly, Clarkson is one of them.
. 6 Before you get all excited, you should know that these are the names that I think the Cavs are likely to retain. First, it will be difficult to move one of them and get an equivalent (or better) return. For two people SOMEONE must be back in the team next year. It may also be the young people with the biggest advantage and the best veterans.
. 7 I suspect that between six and eight players in this team will return for 2019-20. Here is my best wild guess who will be back: Love, Thompson, Sexton, Clarkson, Osman, Larry Nance Jr. and Matthew Dellavedova . New Guard Brandon Knight Mid Ante Zizic and Injured Striker John Henson will all have a chance since all are under contract.
. 8 ] Others, like the striker Marquese Chriss and the security guard David Nwaba will also have a shot. But both have expiring contracts. Chriss has been active so far and looked good, and Nwaba was a pleasant surprise. But these two, along with the wing Nik Stauskas are TBD. The next two months and what the Cavs can do in the off-season will be the deciding factors.
. 9 Back to the game. Sexton finished with 24 points – and has scored at least 20 points in four of the last five. He hit a rookie wall a few weeks ago, but it seems he pushes through.
10th I'm ready to give Sexton at least until the end of next season, before I can make a hard decision about his future. Finally, the Cavs want to give up a young player too early. He has already proved that in the worst case he can be a useful scorer. I think he will be more than that someday.
11. Chriss added 23 points and seven rebounds. He and the Cavs fit together perfectly. They need another good young big man, and Chriss needs a place to give him a real chance.
12th Cav's Trainer Larry Drew admitted that he was not so familiar with Chriss before Chriss came to Cleveland last week. "Marquese is a talent," Drew said after watching Chris throw down a massive jam and two consecutive 3-hands in overtime.
. 13 Nance went on to continue his tears on the boards and collected 14 games after winning 16. In his last five appearances he scored an average of 12.0 points and 14.2 rebounds,
14. Nance, Chriss and Zizic all got out of hand, forcing Drew to end the game. "I definitely had no bodies left," Drew said. "I did not intend to have four outsiders against this team."
15th The former Cavs Swingman Joe Harris added 25 points for the Nets (30-29). DeMarre Carroll scored 18, including three at Summer of the second OT. The nets are a good role model for the Cavs when it comes to rebuilding the team.
sixteenth Believe it or not, the Cavs once played a FOUR extension. This happened on January 29, 1980, when they defeated Magic Johnson Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers by a count from 154-153. Cavs current television analyst Austin Carr played 12 minutes that night … and went 8-0 down the hall. (I was wondering why AC did not talk about this night anymore, so we know it now.) Radio analyst Cavs Jim Chones started in the middle for the Lakers, scoring 12 points and scoring 14 rebounds. Here is the full score.
17th The Cavs (12-46) are off for the All-Star break and will play at home next Thursday. Your opponent? The Phoenix Suns (11-47), who are also very much in favor of the no. 1 of the overall game. Maybe we can get five OTs in this one.