Larry Nance Rumors
Andrew Lopez: J.B. Bickerstaff says Kevin Love will play tonight. Cavs also getting Larry Nance back. Darius Garland will not play.
Chris Fedor: Tristan Thompson’s response to #Cavs Larry Nance Jr. saying he wants to dunk on Tristan: “Know exactly what kind of dunk he wants to do – one hand, big hand, old school Larry Nance Sr. dunk. I’m going to meet him early. Not taking a charge. Going to put my forearm in his chest”
The Cavs have forced miscues on 20.0 percent of opponent possessions, far and away the top figure in the league. Handsy bigs Larry Nance and Andre Drummond have been constant pests — the two have nearly as many steals (28) as Utah’s entire team (32) — while Dante Exum has been an active nuisance after being pressed into service as an emergency starter at small forward. The amazing part is that they’ve pulled this off without committing an inordinate number of fouls or surrendering layups and 3s. The Cavs are fifth in opponent 2-point percentage and allowing a normal 3-point rate. If they keep up this unexpected U-turn on defense, a very surprising season could be in order.