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Thomas, Crowder to be introduced as Cavaliers on Thursday

Thomas, Crowder to be introduced as Cavaliers on Thursday

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas has said very little since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ditto for Jae Crowder, who along with Ante Zizic, was included in the deal for four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving.
 
That should change tomorrow when the newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers will address the media for the first time at 11 a.m.
 
In addition to the three new players, Cleveland coach (and former Celtics assistant) Tyronn Lue will be in attendance as well as Cavs general manager Koby Altman.

Thomas is reportedly about to change agents as he plays out his final season before free agency with the Cavs.


 
After the two sides agreed to the trade that, pending physicals, also included Boston sending a 2018 unprotected first-round pick (via the Brooklyn Nets) to Cleveland, the Cavs felt Thomas’ hip injury was potentially worse than they have feared.

Cleveland felt the need for additional compensation in order to seal the deal.

The Celtics felt they had given the Cavs more than enough in the previously agreed-upon trade, pointing to the pick from Brooklyn potentially being the No. 1 overall selection in June's top-heavy draft.
 
Both sides reached a compromise of sorts with Boston agreeing to tack on a 2020 second-round pick from Miami to complete the deal.
 

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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