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Cup of Cavs: Cleveland Cavaliers News and Links for Monday, November 8

Today’s Cleveland Cavaliers news and links.

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Happy Monday! What a fun weekend of Cavs basketball with wins over the Raptors and Knicks.

The first sip

The Cavs acquiring Ricky Rubio over the summer was, at the time, could be viewed in two different ways. On one, it seemed like an interesting low-cost move to bring in a veteran creator and provide leadership. On the other hand, it was giving up a serviceable, if flawed, wing in Taurean Prince for Rubio. It wasn’t a lock to be a good move.

Now, though, it’s clear that the former is true. (It also helps that Cedi Osman has had a bounceback season — more on that later in the week.) Rubio was been awesome of the Cavs, providing needed playmaking and providing structure to the offense when it needs it. He’s a guiding force for this team and, even if he’s not the defender he once was or a particularly good shooter, is making them better.

The on/off numbers don’t paint the picture of a massive helpful player — the Cavs, per Cleaning the Glass, are a slight negative with Rubio on the floor and are scoring a mere 100.8 points per 100 possessions. But watching the Cavs in real time makes it clear that Rubio is helping the team. Getting Rubio appears to be a big deal. (And if this holds, I wouldn’t hate keeping Rubio beyond this year, the last year of his current contract.)

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Check out Sports Illustrated’s Michael Pina on the difficulty of what Kevin Durant is doing for the Nets this year

Links of the day

The NBA is recommending booster shots for players, coaches and referees

Luka Doncic is incredible

Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey is under investigation for workplace misconduct

Deron Williams is going to box on the undercard of the Jake Paul-Tommy Fury fight

Thoughts on this tweak of the Cavs’ city jersey?