Happy Monday, everyone. Here is today’s Cup of Cavs.
Take of the day
Look, I get that everyone is busy. We all have lives and struggle to fit in workouts, time with friends and family and getting to bed at a reasonable hour. But here’s something I’ve come to think is 100 percent necessary to being a good NBA reporter or blogger or fan: make time to watch other teams.
On Sunday, I watched Kings-Suns. It was not the best game. It was not a battle of two greats teams. But it was something that wasn’t Cavs-Pacers. And that’s the point. It showed me some different styles of play, different players and, in the case of De’Aaron Fox, a breakout young point guard. I mean, just watch this play. It’s the type of play a player who is seeing the game move slower makes:
In this spirit, we are doing a theme week this week at Fear the Sword about non-Cavs players we love watching. We hope you enjoy it and maybe you’ll make some time to watch something that isn’t the Cavs this week.
As of today, the Cavs have the third-worst record in the NBA. They have a 52.1 percent chance of landing a top-four pick and a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick.
Today’s Tankathon sim yielded the Cavs the second overall pick in June’s draft.
ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday
eye roll Magic Johnson says the Pelicans did not negotiate with the Lakers in “good faith”
Ben Simmons took a three-pointer on Sunday and plans to keep taking them
Wes Matthews is officially a Pacer and will start for Indiana
A bat at the Pacers may have exposed some fans to rabies
What to read today
The Stepien’s Ben Rubin wrote about Jarrett Culver and the various possibles outcomes for him in the NBA