For his part, Simmons dropped nine points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in just his first 13 minutes of action.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hired Hammon in 2014, making her the first full-time female National Basketball Association assistant coach. Lue, who has changed his diet and is taking sleep medication, has come back to a Cleveland team that seems to be hitting its stride just in time for the playoffs.
Naturally, when things don't go James' way, everything tends to heathen up a little, and several reports state that the King has had it with "The Land" and is more than ready to opt out of the a year ago of his deal and just pack his bags and walk away again.
James playing 40 minutes leading up to an away back-to-back game definitely isn't ideal for the Cavs and coach Ty Lue, but it would be foolish from the Sixers to rely on him being tired. The Cavs have been playing great of late, going 9-1 in their last 10 games.
James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and rallied Cleveland from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night to maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. While that's always a statement that will induce cringes those of us who spent our formative years with Michael Jordan posters hanging on our walls, it's an argument that can feel impossible to counter after displays such as the one The King put on in the second half against the Sixers.
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Besides that, Kevin Love is returning to the lineup, and that could pose certain matchup problems for the Sixers. "You don't get to see players like him often".
The Sixers are peaking at the right time and are on track to host a playoff series. That's no knock on them, and everybody seemed to understand it as they let their pulses settle back to their normal resting rates after a 132-130 win that almost ended a tenth of a second too late.
Although the Cavaliers committed four turnovers, they made up the difference by outrebounding the Wizards, 12-6, and held a 16-8 edge in points in the paint and an 8-3 advantage in fast-break scoring in the fourth quarter. The Cavs would then be destined to face the Boston Celtics in the second round. All the Cavs need to do is win one of their final two games, which are both against the Knicks.
At this stage of the season and under these circumstances, this is a must-watch.