If there is any position where Cleveland could ill afford to lose a rotation player, it’s at guard. With no true backup point guard — Iman Shumpert has certainly done an admirable job in the meantime — the temptation for Lue to play Irving extended minutes, as he did by having him out there for 45 minutes on the front end of a back-to-back just days after giving Irving a week off to rest his weary legs, is palpable.
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Yes, this was Boston’s first signature win of the season. After a bumpy start in part due to a road-heavy schedule early in the season, you can see the Celtics starting to look more like the team that has made second-half surges in each of the past two seasons. The Celtics rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating over the past 20 games.
Even in an East loaded with talented guards, Thomas has positioned himself again for All-Star consideration. Al Horford has been excellent but his quiet nature allows Thomas to remain the face of the franchise.
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The players who were drafted over the past few years will get their salaries automatically boosted next year, too. That way they don’t get penalized when the rookies in 2017 get the new salaries. Other mechanisms were built in to help middle-class players get more money. The mid-level exceptions were bumped by 45 percent starting next season, too.
Had the Thunder known this, they might not have signed him to an extension last summer when Durant left. Like I said, it’s a major bummer.