Good morning! Your Cleveland Cavaliers play basketball again tonight and there’s renewed optimism that Collin Sexton isn’t actually done for the season. This is a great day!
The first sip
The Rising Stars game has been tough to watch for the last decade or so. It has all the bad qualities of all-star games but doesn’t feature many all-stars. The game quickly turns into a three-point shooting and dunk contest that doesn’t resemble a basketball game. Changing the format to USA vs. the World didn’t do much to make the game more competitive.
This year could be different. While the format is a bit contrived to say the least, it can only be a step up from what we’ve seen in previous years.
Sources: The NBA has a new format for Rising Stars at All-Star Weekend, featuring four seven-player teams competing in a three-game tournament and each game having final target score.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 25, 2022
28 players: 12 rookies, 12 sophomores – and for the first time, four G League Ignite players.
I have tickets to the Rising Stars game as it’s the only main All-Star Weekend events I could reasonably afford to go to. I wasn’t expecting a good game when I bought the tickets but the experience sounded like it was worth going to.
Maybe this format change will make the game better. I think it will. But at the very least I know that I’m not missing out if it doesn’t work.
The second sip
This clip from a Celtics podcast made me laugh.
"The fact that Cleveland is ahead of the #Celtics right now, is a complete and utter embarrassment if your a Boston Celtics fan or player." -- @GoodmanHoops— Celtics on CLNS (@CelticsCLNS) January 25, 2022
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It’s like these people don’t know how good Dean Wade’s defense is.
Links of the day
In case you missed it last week. Could the Cavaliers win the East’s no. 1 seed?