It was a special evening for many, including Cavaliers’ head coach David Blatt.
When the league released the schedule and had the Cavaliers playing Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel in their preseason opener, Blatt’s former team, he said he knew it would be an emotional night for him.
“I was legitimately nervous before the game,” Blatt admitted. “…I was nervous before the game, but not because it was the first time that I coached in an NBA environment, but because of the fact that I was playing against my friends.”
“Absolutely,” (LeBron) James answered when asked if he understood what Blatt felt. “You could tell he was very nervous, excited, kind of uptight and rightfully so.
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN