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    Cleveland Cavaliers Game thread: New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 1/28/2020 [Game #48]





    (14-36) -- (13-37)

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    Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH MSG 7:00 PM EST

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    The New York Knicks tossed a wrinkle into the Eastern Conference playoff race Saturday by upsetting the Indiana Pacers.

    And on Monday night, the Knicks will hope to build on the momentum and create a rare winning streak when they visit a fellow lottery-bound club, the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the final game of the season between the teams.

    The Knicks climbed out of a three-way tie for the Eastern Conference basement on Saturday by racing out to a 17-point lead and surviving a second-half surge by the host Pacers in a 92-85 win. New York wriggled free of the Cavaliers, who remained at the bottom of the conference Saturday as they continued skidding with a 131-112 loss to the visiting Golden State Warriors.

    Any win for the Knicks -- they're 4-12 in their past 16 games -- is a much-needed one, but the victory Saturday was particularly timely. New York played Saturday for the first time since Wednesday's embarrassing 127-106 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in which guard Elfrid Payton earned a one-game suspension for nearly starting a brawl after he shoved the Grizzlies' Jae Crowder for stealing an in-bounds pass and lofting a 3-pointer in the final minute.

    Things got worse afterward for the Knicks when Marcus Morris Sr. described Crowder as "woman-like" and said he plays with "a lot of female tendencies."

    The forward apologized multiple times before stepping onto the court Saturday, when he scored a game-high 28 points while leading the Knicks to one of their most impressive efforts of the season. New York allowed its second-fewest points of the season and held the Pacers to 11 points in the first quarter and 14 in the fourth quarter.

    "We defended really well against a really good team," Morris said afterward. "I came in locked in and wanted to get a win. We all played well. It's a good win for us."

    The Cavaliers, who remain tied for the worst record in the East with the Atlanta Hawks, are in desperate need of a feel-good night after losing for the 10th time in 11 games Saturday.

    Cleveland has lost seven of those games by double figures and has fallen to a sub-.500 team six times, including Saturday, when the Cavaliers trailed 61-59 at the half before being outscored 44-19 in the third quarter by the NBA-worst Warriors.

    "I don't have a lot of answers for you, though, I really don't," first-year Cavaliers head coach John Beilein said. "It's all together, the offense and the defense."

    The Cavaliers are 13-37, which means Beilein has experienced defeat almost as much this season as his final four years combined coaching at Michigan, when he steered the Wolverines to a 112-40 record before jumping to the NBA.

    "Every loss is hitting me really hard," Beilein said. "It's just trying to find solutions and trying to find a better way to get our guys to play harder and smarter, which will lead to wins."

    The Knicks have won two of three games against the Cavaliers on the season.

    (Field Level Media / cbssports.com)

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    One of the games we should win. They've lost 10 straight at home and are 1-9 their last 10. We have a shot of going 5-5 the last 10 if we can win today and against the Magic. Payton back from suspension and the usual starting 5 for us.
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    Looks like Frank has been demoted with DSJ 1st PG off the bench with Frank back.

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    Portis hot tonight. Should have had 3 3s but his foot was on the line, 8 pts the leading scorer. Cavs lead 37-33 after 1.

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    Frank in but DSJ stays on the floor, a new look but who's going to score the ball. This lineup is going to last about 2 mins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    Frank in but DSJ stays on the floor, a new look but who's going to score the ball. This lineup is going to last about 2 mins.
    DSJ misses the rim completely on his 1st FT. The kid can't shoot.

    He makes up for it by making a steal and goes coast to coast with a 2 handed slam. He's got 3 steals in the game. Playing good D the last few games.

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    Best game by DSJ this season. Goes showtime with some fancy dribbling and then a spin move into the hoop showing his hops getting his hands above the rim to lay the ball up at the front of the rim.

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    Frank not as quick as DSJ but he goes for a layup from half court. Miller now playing Payton and Frank together, these 2 PG lineups are because the Cavs play Garland and Sexton together two smaller PGs.

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    Knicks take a 63-62 lead at the half. Everyone has scored except Dotson. Knicks shooting 59% Cavs 54%.

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    10-0 run by the Cavs. 14-26 from 3. Cavs open up a 9 pt lead 2:30 left in the z3rd.

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    DSJ with his best game this season... 11 points, after 3.

    After 2003-2004 season, DAL gave up on a 29-yr-old PG after 7 seasons... he was averaging 14 ppg. That PG goes to PHO and becomes MVP Steve Nash.

    Nash entered NBA at 22.... Frank, Knox, DSJ all under 22.

    Sometimes... it takes time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    DSJ with his best game this season... 11 points, after 3.

    After 2003-2004 season, DAL gave up on a 29-yr-old PG after 7 seasons... he was averaging 14 ppg. That PG goes to PHO and becomes MVP Steve Nash.

    Nash entered NBA at 22.... Frank, Knox, DSJ all under 22.

    Sometimes... it takes time.
    DSJ can dunk we know that but he's got to hit 15 fters and freebies at the least.

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    Randle enters game and a tie game quickly becomes 10 point CLE lead with 5 left. How that happen? Randle missed an uncontested lay-in, then he travelled when ball passed to him in the post... his man pops 2 threes... boom. Just like that.

    Game-set-match.

    Cavs now 16-29 from downtown. Knicks 8-20 (to go with 6 missed FTs).

    Smith with 15-3-6 line and 4 steals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    DSJ can dunk we know that but he's got to hit 15 fters and freebies at the least.
    BOS fans late 80s said same thing about MJ....

    DSJ probably a bust... but heís only 21... If you bring in projects... have to be patient and develop. Otherwise, letís just go back to trading picks for vets and see what happens.

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    Knicks missing a lot of shots in the final 10 minutes. Osman with the alley oop to Porter which looks like the dagger. Cavs open up a 10 pt lead with 5 left.

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