Nothing kicks off a new NBA season like some good trash talk.
With his Cavaliers set to open the 2017-18 campaign with a Tuesday night tilt against the Celtics in Cleveland, J.R. Smith offered his take on the how close the two teams might be heading into the new season.
“Not really,” Smith told multiple media outlets, including the Boston Globe, when asked if the Celtics’ posed a greater threat to Cleveland this season. “I mean honestly. They have [Kyrie] but last year they had Isaiah. Avery [Bradley] and Gordon, they obviously bring different things to the floor. Gordon’s obviously a better offensive player but obviously Avery’s a better defender, so pretty much a wash there.
“People are expecting good things from [Jayson] Tatum but he’s a rookie and I won’t go there with him. Al [Horford] is going to be Al, pick-and-pop guy, doesn’t really roll as much. Jaylen [Brown] has obviously gotten better. I don’t think they really pose a big threat to us.”
The Cavaliers, who took care of the Celtics in five games during the Eastern Conference finals a year ago, have added some pieces outside of Thomas. Cleveland will start former Celtic Jae Crowder, while moving Smith and Tristan Thompson to the bench. Other notable newcomers include Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and another former Celtic, Jeff Green.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog