Cavaliers guard JR Smith earned his one-game suspension from the team Thursday by throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, multiple sources with knowledge of the incident told ESPN.
Jones, a former Cavs player, has been back with the organization since 2014. He worked his way up from an assistant coach with the Canton Charge — the Cavs’ G League affiliate — to Cleveland, where he is a trusted voice for head coach Tyronn Lue.
CJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 for Portland, which improved to 36-26. It was the first time Portland was 10 games over .500 since the end of the 2014-15 season.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight in the Moda Center.
After struggling in the first half, Portland mounted a comeback in the second and pulled ahead 84-82 on Shabazz Napier’s running jump shot with 8:07 left.
Al-Farouq Aminu and McCollum hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Portland a 92-86 lead with 3:48 left. Lillard’s 3 extended it and the Timberwolves couldn’t catch up.
The teams split the season series 2-2.
He was confident that he’ll have enough time to get up to speed. The Cavs, after Thursday’s 108-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, dropped to 2-3 since the All-Star break.
Without Love’s consistency as a No. 2 option who is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, the egalitarian Cavs have struggled with organizing themselves on offense and picking Best Place To Get Cheap Jerseys up the new plays.
By parsing down the playbook for the time being, Cleveland hopes to rediscover the freewheeling style of play that led to a 2-0 record in the first two games Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys they played with their new players.
“We were getting to the other side of the floor, we were penetrating Best Quality Cheap Jerseys on kickouts and playing with great pace. And I know that’s all easy stuff to say, but we were just going out there and playing basketball,” Love said. “So I think if we get back to that, it will only help us, especially with all the new plays we’ve put in for these guys.”
“I was able to start shooting a little bit with my right hand, dribble a little bit with my right hand [and] will progressively get to my left,” Love said. “I guess one of the things I can do now is kind of catch the ball, guide it and shoot it within 12-15 feet, so that feels good to do something other than run on the treadmill or run on the bike.”