Spurs tried really hard to land Kyrie Irving

  • Spurs tried really hard to land Kyrie Irving

Spurs tried really hard to land Kyrie Irving

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt on Wednesday night after the Boston-Cleveland game, and the discussion turned to Irving, who was ultimately traded to the Celtics. But as these teams careen toward a playoffs rematch, James will be certain to say, and later try to prove, that they're no better off now that they have Irving than when they have Thomas.

The San Antonio Spurs figure to be on the shortlist of National Basketball Association title contenders this season with Kawhi Leonard leading the way, but they reportedly attempted to add another game-changing superstar in Kyrie Irving during the offseason. The trade could have sent Eric Bledsoe and Paul George to the Cavaliers, but the plan never materialized. The Cavaliers also tried to arrange a three-team trade with the Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers. A long winning streak will overshadow this brief skid. Patty Mills scored 26 points off the bench, LaMarcus Aldridge recorded 24 points and 14 boards, Bryn Forbes scored 15, Kyle Anderson added 14 and Davis Bertans chipped in 13 for the Spurs, who dropped to 26-13.

"Of course" he's always anxious about the next challenger, he said, including the Boston Celtics, who trounced Cleveland 102-88 on Wednesday. The Boston Celtics defeated the point guard's former team 102-88, extending their lead atop the Eastern Conference and furthering the notion that they have a real chance to reach the 2018 NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers had a miserable shooting night, making just 31-of-89 attempts for 34.8 percent shooting. James had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Kevin Love, who is averaging 19.6 points per game this season, was limited to two points on 1-of-11 shooting.