Recap: Cavs 100, Knicks 91 (Or, The Knicks Are Just relaxing)

November 6th, 2009 by John Krolik

Overview: After a dominant 40-21 first quarter, the Cavaliers cruised to a victory in a game much less competitive than the final score would indicate.

Cavs-Related Bullets:

Well, that was easy. I don’t know what it is about The Garden, but LeBron came out and put the Knicks away right out of the gate. I don’t think LeBron has taken as many bad shots combined over the rest of the season as he did tonight, but he was making absolutely everything. It was freakish. And when he wasn’t hitting a jumper, he was making a beautiful home-run pass. Normally, LeBron going for jumpers early in the game kills the offensive flow, even when he’s making them, but tonight he was so dominant in the first quarter the rest of the game hardly mattered.

After the first quarter, the game was over, and the Cavs played like it. Too many bad shots, very few well-executed sets, lots of sloppy play leading to turnovers. Didn’t really matter. It still hasn’t fully sunk in that the Cavs were playing an NBA team tonight. This Knicks team is one of the worst teams I’ve ever seen play in the NBA. It’s hard to even give out praise in this one-it honestly felt like a Globetrotter game.

+19 for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and +15 for Delonte West, despite the fact neither of them had great shooting nights-the lineup that won 66 games works. Who would’ve thunk it?

Hickson as a show starter-interesting. He had some nice plays, and Andy sure did look fantastic coming off the bench. We’ll see if MB plans to stick with this plan against a real defense and evaluate it then.

Only 19 minutes for Shaq, and no “twin towers” tonight. MB playing matchups. Again, was this rocket science?

That’s honestly all I really have for now. In all seriousness, this Knicks team is so bad it’s hard to draw real conclusions. The Cavs weren’t even running real sets, and they had their easiest game of the year. Happy weekend, all.