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    Cleveland Cavaliers Game thread: New York Knicks vs Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 11/18/2019 [Game #14]





    (4-10) -- (3-10)

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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:00 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks
    John Henson - Right Hamstring Strain (OUT) Reggie Bullock - Cervical disc herniation (OUT)
    Larry Nance Jr. - Left Thumb Sprain (OUT) Elfrid Payton - Right hamstring strain (OUT)
    Dylan Windler - Left Lower Leg – Stress Reaction (OUT) -


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    A loss to Cleveland on Nov. 10 increased the heat on New York head coach David Fizdale. Eight days later, the Knicks can take another step toward cooling Fizdale's seat when they host the Cavaliers again.

    Both teams enter Monday's game fresh off discouraging defeats. The Knicks were off Sunday after suffering a last-second 103-102 loss Saturday night to the visiting Charlotte Hornets. The Cavaliers will be completing a back-to-back set after falling at home 114-95 Sunday to the Philadelphia 76ers.

    The loss Sunday was the third straight for the Cavaliers, who haven't won since their 108-87 rout of the Knicks. Afterward, New York president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry held a rare dual press conference to express their disappointment with the team.

    Perry said the Knicks had "to be consistent in all areas of the game, starting with the effort," which certainly sounded as a warning to Fizdale, who's in the second year of a four-year deal. He's just 20-75 in New York and 70-126 overall as an NBA head coach.

    The Knicks followed up the loss to the Cavs by getting outscored by 18 points in the fourth quarter of a 120-102 loss to the Chicago Bulls last Tuesday. But New York then earned a 106-103 win over the Dallas Mavericks -- and former teammate Kristaps Porzingis -- at a raucous Madison Square Garden on Thursday before leading the Hornets by as many as 15 points Saturday, when Charlotte's Devonte Graham drained the go-ahead 28-footer from the top of the key with 2.1 seconds left.

    Before giving up 103 points in back-to-back games, the Knicks surrendered at least 113 points in three of their previous five contests, a span in which they went 1-4.

    "I don't want to try to get any moral victory out of this," Fizdale told reporters Saturday night. "But we are definitely getting better on the defensive end."

    First-year Cavaliers head coach John Beilein surely is on more solid footing than Fizdale, but Beilein, who headed to the NBA after winning 571 games and reaching two Final Fours in 27 seasons as a college coach, might be even more frustrated than Knicks upper management was eight days ago.

    The loss to the 76ers Sunday came three days after the Cavaliers fell to the Miami Heat 108-97. The back-to-back double-digit losses are the first of the season for Cleveland.

    "We got blown out in our own arena, on a Sunday afternoon in front of a great crowd," Beilein said following the loss to the 76ers. "It measures you a little bit. And we've got to bounce back from it and find a way to make the changes in everything that we do -- effort areas, defense, offense, rotations, everything. Just keep looking at it. Because these last two games have not been in the right direction."

    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    Thanks, Rady.

    Both these teams stink. Can we stink slightly less and win? We better because another home loss to a bad team at MSG might be the end of Fizdale.

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    Might be the last chance for a W until DEC. I mentioned the tough schedule beginning with the Sixers game this Wed. Daily Knicks wrote about it today, calling it DOOM.

    https://dailyknicks.com/2019/11/17/n...aunting-tasks/

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. Maybe this Cavs game in MSG will be the game a 35 minute ISO-Randle's low b.ball IQ and consistent turnover get Fizdale thrown-out of NY .. to let Mike Miller become the Knicks interim Head-coach to develop the young-core players.
    Let's GO Knicks !!!

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    Frank swishing, creating, and stealing early on. Stay aggressive kid.

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    Knicks up 23-10 early on.... Randle with 11... Forcing 7 turnovers.... if only CHA buzzer-beater never occurred... we would actually be happy.

    But, hey, if it took LJ, Wade and Bosh 20 games...

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    I know some on these boards are high on Dotson. I think he does a lot of things well and is a solid off ball offensive player....

    He just misses way too many wide open threes. And misses them badly. We bash Frank for his offense... well, maybe it’s time DD start consistently hitting open looks. Shooting .389 (FG) & .316 (downtown) doesn’t scream “I’m a dog” to Fiz.

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    End of first qtr. Knicks 32 - Cavs 20
    Are the Knicks going to BLOWOUT the Cavs in MSG ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    I know some on these boards are high on Dotson. I think he does a lot of things well and is a solid off ball offensive player....

    He just misses way too many wide open threes. And misses them badly. We bash Frank for his offense... well, maybe it’s time DD start consistently hitting open looks. Shooting .389 (FG) & .316 (downtown) doesn’t scream “I’m a dog” to Fiz.
    Dotson belong in the STARTER lineup !!!

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    36-31. Bench plays no defense... Cavs raining 3s... Cavs have won 11 or 12 straight at MSG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiyaman View Post
    Dotson belong in the STARTER lineup !!!
    I beg to differ. IMHO. A SG needs to shoot better than 30%, for me.

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    The Knicks not blowing-out anyone having a sorry bench lineup ..

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    49-34 now, after Portis & Wayne drain a pair of 3s.

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    Frank to MM for 3. Bang! 52-34.

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    The Knick starter (without RJ) came back into the game to take a 52 - 34 Knicks lead

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