The Cleveland Cavaliers trounced the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers proved emphatically why they were the No. 4 seed and why the New York Knicks were the No. 5 feed on Tuesday, defeating the Knicks 107-90. Despite a close game that saw the Knicks get some questionable calls go their way, the Cavs battled back and nearly won Game 1. On Tuesday, in Game 2, the Cavs proved that they have the depth and talent to not only win this series but embarrass the Knicks.
The game was largely over heading into the final few minutes of the third quarter, and the team mostly cruised from there.
It all happened in the second quarter, with the Cavs going on a 34-17 run, closing things out at half up 59-39. The Cavs were able to jump-start the offense by rotating Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley in for one another and then running small at the four with Cedi Osman, Danny Green, and Caris LeVert all coming in to help keep legs fresh.
Rarely were Allen and Mobley on the court together at the same time, and that may be the way to go for the series. In fact, they may want to steer into that even more by starting Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, Allen, Osman, and Green, and then bringing in Mobley, and LeVert off the bench for the first change-up of the game.
It’d be nice to see Isaac Okoro and Ricky Rubio get reps but for right now a small-ball lineup may be the way to go against the Knicks. So, why did the Cavs dominate so easily last night? Let’s find out.