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Now it becomes about facing a Golden State team that’s currently on a five-game winning streak, taking its last two victories by a combined 75 points over Portland and Utah, while not being at full strength if Smith can’t go. It was much the same case last year when Shumpert and Irving were just getting back to full strength when Cleveland lost on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena and the Cavs could rationalize the result, in part, as them not being healthy.
Yes, Smith’s absence could open the door wider for DeAndre Liggins to improve on the promise he’s already shown, thus making him a potential contributor come playoff time. And yes, Shumpert is having his best season as a Cav so having him play more isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Q: So it feels like the Thunder got a pretty bad break. If these rules were around last year they might’ve been able to keep Durant and then also sign Westbrook and keep them both long term, right?
A: Yep, it’s a major bummer for OKC. They’ve gotten pretty unlucky in how the rules have applied to them. To make it worse, they won’t even have the new advantages when Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018 because he’ll have played 10 years and other teams can offer him the same starting salary.
Authentic Ben Roethlisberger Jersey Q: So will stars stop leaving in free agency? Don’t you love the excitement of free agency in July?
A: The owners of most teams don’t. This will probably slow the trend of big names changing teams. But it’s hard to qualify for this, so it won’t apply to that many players.
Q: Did any other players get raises?
A: Everybody got them. The players who get the least money, the guys on minimum contracts, got a 45 percent raise. So did all the players on rookie contracts, although their bumps are being phased in over three years.