When the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks last night, they quietly won their fifth game in six tries and are now sitting just one game outside the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. And with the Chicago Bulls dealing with a plethora of injuries on the hells of Derrick Rose’s meniscus tear, it may not be too long until the Wine & Gold are, at least for now, in the Eastern Conference’s top eight.
Last night’s win may not have been the prettiest (after all, the Knicks were one of two teams on the court) but a win is a win. Outside of the loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Wine & Gold have looked a like a competent basketball game as of late. And if last night was an indicator of what is to come from Kyrie Irving, then this team may actually been turning the corner everyone expected them too after defeating the Brooklyn Nets on opening night. And before we get to the highlights, how little does that game mean now when we look back at it with about six weeks time removed?
Now onto the highlights, and if you watched on TV, you are fully aware of some of the spectacular plays from last night’s game.
Let’s start with my personal favorite: Tristan Thompson’s thunderous slam, which he put down after a C.J. Miles miss. Granted, the lane was wide open for him to grab the board, but it was great to see him capitalize on an obvious opportunity.
I mentioned Irving before (who, as Fear The Sword’s Sam Vecenie pointed out had a special night last night) had several incredible plays last night. First up is his absolute destruction of Pablo Prigioni on a crossover.
Irving also has solid with his passing (11 assists, only one turnover). Below is one such example.
Lastly, but not least, is the overall game highlights. And there are plenty of gems in that video as well.