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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Utah Jazz ruin homecoming for Rodney Hood and Alec Burks, smother Cavaliers 115-99: Chris Fedor's instant analysis
SALT LAKE CITY -- Rodney Hood and Alec Burks each received a warm reception during player introductions. Then came a tribute video at the first timeout.
Those were the lone highlights.
It was a forgettable return to Utah, especially for Hood. Not only did the Cavs lose their second straight game 115-99 to the Jazz, but Hood had one of his worst performances all season.
The Cavs called the first offensive play for Hood, a chance to get him an early touch against his old team and perhaps calm the nerves. Brick.
That was just the start of Hood's nightmare.
Cavs: The Blog: Recap: Jazz 115, Cavs 99 (or, That Was Much Worse Than It Looked On Paper)
The Cleveland Cavaliers went into Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz at an even bigger disadvantage than they've had most of the season. Missing their top three big men in Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, and Larry Nance Jr., the Cavs were lacking size in a major way. This led to matchups like Ante Zizic starting against Rudy Gobert and Cedi Osman having to guard Derrick Favors. That's to say nothing of having to deal with an explosive scorer in Donovan Mitchell and excellent shooters such as Joe Ingles and Kyle Korver.
Cavs: The Blog: Live Thread: Cavs @ Jazz
The Cleveland Cavaliers' brutal January run continues tonight at they visit the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Despite losing several players to injuries, the Jazz have been playing extremely well lately, winning five games in a row and eight of their last ten. They've pulled into a tie for the seventh seed in the Western Conference, and with a fairly easy schedule the rest of the way, are primed to move up the West standings.
They also present a particular matchup problem for the Cavaliers. The Jazz typically start a combo of traditional big men in Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors, but the Cavaliers will be without their top three big men tonight as Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, and Larry Nance Jr.
NEO Sports Insiders: Game preview: Cavs could have an upset on their hands against white hot Jazz
The Cleveland Cavaliers (9-36) have traveled to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz (21-25) at Vivint Smart Home Arena, in what's a special affair for Cavs guards Rodney Hood and Alec Burks.
However, just as importantly, Friday's matchup against Utah gives Cleveland the chance to steal a game against an opponent that may be on five-game win streak have only three teams in playoff-contention (the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons) in that span.
That said, though the Jazz's win streak isn't as impressive when looking at who've they've defeated (add the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic to the aforementioned three teams), Utah is as well-coached a team in the NBA under head coach Quin Snyder.
Fansided: Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin seems optimistic about Cleveland's future
The Cleveland Cavaliers should finish out this season with one of the worst, if not, the worst record in the NBA. With them likely having a first-round draft pick in the next two years based on their record resulting in them having a top 10 pick (which must be the case or their pick goes to the Atlanta Hawks, per Real GM), the Cavaliers could be a whole lot better relatively soon.
Our own Corey Casey hit on the possibility of Cleveland landing either one or potentially even two franchise players with high draft picks in the next two years, and with how talent-deficient Cleveland will be the next two years, that could feasibly happen.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Rodney Hood making most of Utah return: 'You only get one first time back so I'm going to enjoy it'
SALT LAKE CITY -- When the Cleveland Cavaliers' team plane touched down in Salt Lake City Thursday, the memories came racing back for Alec Burks and Rodney Hood.
In past years, that landing meant being back home. This time, they went straight to the team hotel.
"A lot of mixed emotions," Burks said prior to shootaround at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday morning. "I was here so long and just coming in here a different way and being around the city and staying at a hotel, a lot of different emotions and a lot of great memories that come back to my mind.
Fansided: NBA Draft: Cavaliers should cautiously check in on Duke forward Cam Reddish
With the Cleveland Cavaliers having just one less win than some of the other basement-dwelling teams in the NBA, there's a decent chance that the team doesn't land a top-three pick. Most teams, if not all, have narrowed down their final decision with who to take with the first pick, that being Duke's R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson. Of course, whoever doesn't go with the top selection will probably go second overall.
That third pick is a tad bit tricky, with names such as Kevin Porter Jr., Bol Bol, and Ja Morant taking some precedence over others.
Official Site of the Cavaliers: Wine & Gold Workout for Second Graders
No better time than the start of the new year to focus on physical fitness, as one group of Cleveland-area kids learned firsthand on Thursday.
The second grade class from Louisa May Alcott Elementary School in Cleveland spent the afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts learning about endurance as part of the Cavaliers Fit as a Pro program, presented by Medical Mutual and in association with Giant Eagle. The kids were joined by Cavs in-arena host Ahmaad, mascot Moondog and members of the Cavalier Girls and Scream Team.