Steve Clifford Rumors
Prior to Cleveland’s Wednesday night matchup against the Charlotte Hornets, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that the Cavaliers defensive struggles have a lot to do with their starting center, Kevin Love. In a veiled statement about being “so skilled at five,” Clifford said that there is no rim protection in the Cavs unit, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “They’re playing so skilled at the five that there’s just not basket protection,” Clifford said. “So, I mean, I think that the chance is you’ve got to get the ball going to the basket as much as you can.”
Barring a “drastic” and unexpected setback, Nic Batum will play — and start — Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Charlotte Hornets’ nationally-televised home game Wednesday. That was coach Steve Clifford’s statement, after Batum practiced for a third consecutive day.
Jay King: Clifford on Kyrie Irving: “I think he’s on a mission. He’s always had an incredible skill level, but I think he’s playing with great passion, great purpose on the attack and is very energetic defensively.”
Bill Herenda: “It’s the best I’ve ever seen him play . . . defensive effort is far greater than I’ve ever seen before . . . he looks like he’s playing frankly like he’s on a mission” – Steve Clifford on Kyrie Irving on @wfnz to @Chris Kroeger #Celtics #Hornets