Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen have buried the hatchet.
Rondo is organizing a vacation for the players who were on the Celtics’ 2008 championship team, but last year he said he would not be inviting Allen.
Now he seems to have changed his mind, telling the Boston Globe that everyone is allowed to go on the trip.
“Everybody (on the team) is invited,” he said.
“He’s a huge threat at the rim,” Heat forward Kelly Olynyk said after a win over the Hornets last month. “Diving, screen-and-rolls, lobs, rebounds… Hopefully, [we can] try to get a little bit more spacing, and it just makes it tougher for guys to guard.”
Adebayo’s dependence on those plays means he’s reliant on his teammates to create scoring opportunities for him — 70.7 percent of his baskets this season have been assisted — but it makes him a perfect fit alongside players who can collapse the defense off the dribble. It’s why it didn’t take him long to develop chemistry with Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson.
Blatt, who led Cleveland to the NBA Finals in 2015 and was unceremoniously fired in 2016 after a 30-11 start, took the opportunity to joke about the Cavs’ porous defense during a pregame interview with NTV Sport.
“Well, I don’t think we’re going to have any problem scoring. I’m just wondering if we’re going to defend anybody. That’s what I’m worried about,” Blatt said. “I hope we don’t give up as many points as the Cavaliers gave up last night.”
Things have gone south quickly for the Cavs in January. In nine games this month, Cleveland is 3-6 with the worst defensive rating in the league (114.3). It has gotten to the point where even Cavs players are wondering if the problems are fixable.