On Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fourth game in a row under their new-look roster, and things are starting to look up for the Eastern Conference team.
The Cavaliers won 120-112 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City last night against the Thunder despite the fact four Thunder players managed to score 20+ points on the night. LeBron James shined the brightest on the court, as he scored 37 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, and he was 14-of-23 from the field.
However, the King certainly didn't do everything by himself, as the four new players which Cleveland added to their roster last week on trade deadline day played a big impact in the outcome of the game as well.
Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, a steal, and three blocks, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood both scored 14 points, and George Hill added in seven points, a rebound, four assists and a steal as the starting point guard.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is happy with the way his new-look roster is playing so well together so quickly, as he said to ESPN after the game that they are now 'the hunters and not the hunted.'
"They exceeded my expectations. I thought that we've got guys that can shoot, dribble and pass, and they can make plays. It's changed our team, and we're a lot faster. Now I think we've got a chance to switch a lot of things with our size and our length.
"We can switch stuff defensively. I thought it would be a process; it's still going to be a process. But the first two games I didn't think they would not be decent. But they exceeded my expectations."
Lue believes as well the new additions have helped the Cavs find their attacking mentality again, as he said: "I think we've got to get back to being the hunters and not the hunted. These young guys we have, able to shoot, drive or pass it, adds a different element to our team. They're playing free, having fun.
"The biggest thing is Clarkson finished the game. George Hill during the timeout was talking to him and happy. Tristan [Thompson] is happy for Larry Nance. That's what we've got to have. If you want to win you've got to sacrifice. With our team that we have, whoever's playing well is going to finish the game. They understand that and it's all about winning with this group."
With the Cavaliers playing as well as they are right now, they might be thinking the All-Star break has come at the wrong time for them, as they won't play again now until a week on Thursday when they host the Washington Wizards.