Nevertheless, as evidenced by Utah's impressive victory over Cleveland the last time these two squads met as well as recent statement wins over the Rockets and Clippers, the Jazz are showing more and more that they're not afraid of anybody and that they're beginning to garner confidence that they can compete with and defeat any team in the league. "Playing with these guys, it's a great group of guys, a great organization". "I really just wanted to introduce him to the crowd and have him get in, give him a chance to have a standing ovation".
That meant Sanders was on the bench and dressed for Cleveland's Tuesday night game against the Detroit Pistons - which happened to turn into a 128-96 Cavs blowout. I feel like I'm just coming into the league again because I'm so antsy to get back.
In the 46 games that Love has played this season for the Cavaliers, he's averaged 20.0 points and 11.1 rebounds.
Larry Sanders' thin wardrobe actually helped him make his National Basketball Association return earlier than expected.
Lue added that Love will be on an undisclosed minutes restriction for the foreseeable future.
Sanders is expected to play with Canton on Saturday and remain with the Charge during the Cavaliers' upcoming road trip. "This just created that opportunity in that way instead of doing it in addition to Andrew. I imagine, at the very latest, it'll be when we come back, but I don't think it'll take that long". But things got weirder still, as Lue had to send a ball boy into the stands to find Griffin and ask him if Lue could put Sanders in the game.
"We were blessed that we have a veteran team and leadership in the locker room that is excited about the opportunity as well", he said.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue announced that power forward Kevin Love will return to the lineup and start Thursday against the Utah Jazz.
Meanwhile, shooting guard Kyle Korver (sore left foot) will miss his fifth consecutive game tonight.