Cleveland revamped its roster at the trade deadline.
The Cavaliers lost 110-103 to the Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday night despite the fact LeBron James had a triple-double performance.
James, who earned his third All-Star Most Valuable Player award on Sunday in his 14th straight start in the mid-season exhibition, connected on 13 of 18 shots from the floor, pulled down nine rebounds and handed out eight assists.
"It's just us communicating, talking".
Lue said Nance's presence reminds him of former Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov's effectiveness inside.
"I like the start, I like the direction we're headed", James added.Trying to get comfortable with all the calls. "Now we have to keep working and get better".
Tyreke Evans and JaMychal Green each scored 15 points to lead Memphis, which turned the ball over 21 times. Marc Gasol had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Nance Jr. has only appeared in two games for the Cavs since the deal. I just think that I re-focused myself. Between clashing styles on the court and personalities off of it, Cleveland lost 13 of 19 games between Christmas and February 6 in a stretch that general manager Koby Altman eventually referred to as "marching a slow death". "We've got a lot of things to work on. we still played our game, we just didn't make a lot of shots".
Clint Capela had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, getting his 10th double-double over the past 13 games.
It's early, obviously, but Hill was coming off his worst game as a Cav Thursday against Washington (2-of-10) shooting to score 18 against Memphis - easily his high mark as a Cav.
Trailing 82-79 going into the fourth period, Cleveland took an 89-88 lead on Kyle Korver's three-pointer with 9:42 remaining. "And like I said, [it] got us going on the offensive end with some easy buckets". "You have to be able to overcome those situations". James has played in all 58 Cleveland games this season. But overall pretty good for the first three or four games. Team officials said he will be reevaluated Saturday. Keep in mind, for the next several weeks, the Cavs will still be without Kevin Love. "I'm sorry for the fans that they had to go through that because they came to see LeBron", he said of the situation.
"I feel like tonight in the second half, no matter if a guy was beat, another guy was there to help out and the guy who helped out, there was another one making a rotation", Hill said.
Grizzlies: Travel to Miami for the second night of a back-to-back against the Heat.