The Cleveland Cavaliers’ very own Twin Titans, Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, did work against the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Cleveland Cavaliers are a better and different team with a healthy Jarrett Allen. That’s the name of the game here, folks. What Allen can do defensively is second to none and he should easily be the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year, simply due to the impact he brings on that end of the floor.
When he’s healthy, he takes so much pressure off of Evan Mobley defensively and it showed as both men assaulted the Thunder in the paint on both ends of the court. The Thunder’s big three were an obstacle for sure with Josh Giddey, Shai Gildgeous-Alexander, and Aleksej Pokusevski doing some real damage, and maybe with a healthy Chet Holmgren, they could, as a unit, be enough for Mobley and Allen.
But without Holmgren, they just don’t have enough to contend with the skills and size. The duo is arguably the best big-man combination since Tim Duncan and David Robinson, and maybe (at least defensively) even better than.
The Cavs were not a two-trick pony on Saturday, as Caris LeVert also delivered in a big way. With Darius Garland having a very off-night, and Cedi Osman and Isaac Okoro not hitting all that well, the Cavs needed LeVert in a big way. LeVert, to his credit, was a needed force, dropping a team-high 22 points. You’d like to see better than just .40% from the floor from LeVert, but he still helped get the team the win and that’s the most important part.
Especially considering that Dean Wade, Kevin Love, and Donovan Mitchell all missed Saturday’s game. Love and Mitchell should be back anytime, while Wade is still looking to miss two-three weeks with his shoulder.
Cleveland Cavaliers top 3 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder
1 Point – Caris LeVert
22 points, .401/.444/.000, 4 REB, 4 AST, +6 BPM
2 Points – Jarrett Allen
21 points, .777/.000/.538, 11 REB +6 BPM
3 Points – Evan Mobley
21 points, .571/.667/.600, 12 REB, 3 AST, +9 BPM
Cavs Top 3 Seasonal Standings
- Donovan Mitchell –40 Points
- Darius Garland – 29 Points
- Evan Mobley – 27 Points
- Cedi Osman 17 Points
- Jarrett Allen – 17 Points
- Kevin Love – 12 Points
- Caris LeVert – 9 Points
- Isaac Okoro – 5 Points
- Dean Wade – 3 Points