Warriors vs. Cavaliers Post Trade Deadline

By Danielle Arena

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:27 AM PDT

The rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers appeared to be non-existent this season. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers on December 25, 2017 with a final score of 99-92 and again on January 15, 2018 with a final score of 118-108. The Warriors were visibly the stronger team, both physically and mentally.

The Cavaliers, however, made noise during the preseason of 2017/18 season by acquiring big names Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and Dwyane Wade.

Isaiah Thomas was the golden boy of Boston, having played for the Boston Celtics from 2015-2017 and was named an All Star Reserve for the Eastern Conference in 2017. He was also known for “King in the 4th,” leading the league in 4th quarter scoring. He lead the 2016/17 team to the first place seed in the Eastern Conference, a title held by the Cleveland Cavaliers in years prior.

Derrick Rose is considered one of the most explosive point guards in league history. Best known for his nine years in Chicago as a Bull, Rose was named Rookie of the Year in 2009, named the Most Valuable Player in 2011, was the first Bulls player to be named an All Star Reserve since Michael Jordan, and made five playoff runs.

Dwyane Wade is the “Father Prime” of the NBA. Playing with the Miami Heat for 14 years, Wade had the accomplishments of being named an All Star Starter in 2006, a NBA Finals MVP after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in 2006, receiving All-NBA honors in 2007, a second NBA championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012, and a third NBA championship over the San Antonio Spurs in 2013.

Signing these three dynamic players to the Cavaliers seemed like a slam dunk. With so many big names on their roster the Cavaliers would be unbeatable, right? Wrong! February 8, 2017 was the official National Basketball League trade deadline. That morning, the Cavaliers traded Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and Dwyane Wade to acquire Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, and George Hill.

The 2017-2018 season for the Cavaliers has been their worst record since Lebron James returned to the team in 2014. The Cavaliers are currently standing with a 34-22 record and are 3rd in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. In comparison, last year during the 2016-2017 season the Cavaliers ended with a 51-31 record and finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference.

Since the trade deadline, one week ago from today, the Cavaliers have been on a five game winning streak, defeating superpower teams the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. A playoff run seemed nearly impossible for the Cavaliers prior to the trade deadline, but now they might have a chance.

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