first_imgThe Cavs overhauled most of their roster with a slew of deadline deals in which they acquired George Hill, Rodney Hood in a three-team deal with the Kings and Jazz, and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. from the Lakers for malcontent Isaiah Thomas.In their debut against Boston, a re-energized LeBron and his new squad manhandled the Kyrie Irving and the Celtics on Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony day, and Colin thinks the deadline roster reformation has ended any hope that Boston can win the East this season.The younger, longer, more versatile Cavs also closed the gap on the Warriors in a prospective NBA Finals matchup. The old, old roster looked poised to get slaughtered if they could somehow limp out of the East.The Warriors are still the favorites, but the Cavs have made things a lot more interesting after their aggressive deadline moves. GM Koby Altman went all-in and deserves credit.“Cleveland separated from Boston and Cleveland absolutely closed the gap on Golden State.” — @ColinCowherd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 12, 2018last_img read more