Nance lost to Donovan Mitchell in the finals of Saturday's Verizon Slam Dunk.
The new Cavalier paid tribute to his father in the contest, wearing a throwback jersey and duplicating one of his winning dunks from 1984 for his first salvo of the opening round before taking a pass from his pops in the finals, and while Nance had what may have been the single best dunk in the entire contest -- passing the ball to himself off the backboard then tapping the glass again before slamming it home -- it wasn't enough to top Mitchell. Nance headed into the All-Star break averaging 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 44 games, and those numbers don't seem likely to improve given his role so far in Cleveland.
Nance scored 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 FT) while adding nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 120-112 win over the Thunder.
Impressively, eight of those boards came on the offensive end. It looks as though Nance will be the Cavs' new second-unit frontcourt anchor rather than filling in for Kevin Love (hand) in the starting five, and while that role still limits his court time and fantasy ceiling, the improved supporting cast should lead to a boost in Nance's production compared to his time with the Lakers.
Nance will come off the bench to make his Cavaliers debut during Sunday's contest against the Celtics, Fred McLeod of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
All of the new Cavaliers acquired at Thursday's trade deadline will be in action for Sunday's contest against the Celtics. Nance will presumably get reserve minutes behind Tristan Thompson at center, though could also spend some time at power forward too. In 22.0 minutes per game with the Lakers this season, Nance has posted 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and a combined 1.9 steals/blocks.
Nance (coach's decision) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Hawks, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
No new Cavaliers will suit up Friday night after the team overhauled their roster at the trade deadline Thursday. This will leave Cedi Osman and Jeff Green to see an uptick in minutes at forward alongside LeBron James. Nance will make his Cavalier-debut Sunday against the Celtics.
Nance is unlikely to make his Cavaliers debut Friday against the Hawks, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
Nance will have to fly to Atlanta and pass his physical before being cleared to play, which probably won't happen quickly enough to put him in a position to play Friday. As a result, LeBron James, Jeff Green, Tristan Thompson and Ante Zizic are all candidates to see significant boosts to their workload against Atlanta. Nance's debut should occur Sunday at Boston.
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