Like many members of the national media, Stephen A. Smith has occasionally been hard on the Cleveland Cavaliers — and occasionally, rightfully so.
For the better part of the first half of the season (and slightly beyond), the Cavs were an underachieving mess.
But that appears to have changed after general manager Koby Altman brought in four new players — Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill — to reshape the roster and clean up the vibe in the locker room at the trade deadline.
With all four players in uniform, the Cavs (34-22) have won two straight, winning at Boston and at Oklahoma City. (They’ve won four straight overall.) Now, ESPN’s most popular voice is again speaking the truth as he sees it. And it’s a lot different than he saw it before.
Gotta tell you, Larry Nance JR with Jordan Clarkson on the floor together with @KingJames, JR & Jeff Green looked fantastic. Bottom line: over last two games Coach Ty Lue has done a fantastic job and LEBRON has been nothing short of sensational. Here’s the downside: East is Over!
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 14, 2018
LeBron James seems re-energized. J.R. Smith is letting shots fly once again. Hill and the other newcomers have fit seamlessly. Gone are Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. And with the exception of Frye, all seemed to be weighing down the Cavs.
For Cleveland, it’s a whole new day, and all you have to do to believe it is listen to Stephen A. Or so they say.