Israel held an eight-point lead at the break on Sunday, but couldn’t put Turkey away and the visitors pulled ahead in the fourth quarter and held off a blue-and-white comeback in the closing minutes.
Blatt, who moved to Israel more than 30 years ago after playing for the USA basketball team in the 1981 Maccabiah, surprisingly was appointed head coach of the Cavs in 2014.
With one year under his belt, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt is feeling a lot more confident managing one of the most coveted gigs in sports.
Cleveland never trailed in the game and led by as many as 20 points late in the third quarter to finish with a 96-91 victory.
Somehow, despite parlaying a stellar European coaching career into a trip to the NBA Finals in just one season, Blatt finds himself on the hot seat, with something to prove.
Israeli forward insists he is happy in Cleveland despite diminishing role and numbers.
If the early signs are anything to go by, it may well be another rough season for Casspi.
After disappointing campaign, Israeli NBA representative optimistic of reestablishing his place as a valuable player.
Casspi averaging career-lows in most major offensive categories, but has shown sparks of late.
2011/12 seems set to be a breakthrough year for the Israeli forward.