2 studs and 1 dud for the Cavs from Saturday’s win over the Thunder

Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports) /

Cavs studs: Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen

Boy, it sure does make a difference when Jarrett Allen is healthy and in the lineup. At the tail end of last year Allen had to miss time due to a broken finger.

It’s a bit much to say the Cavs fell apart without him down the stretch, but it’s not too much. They were 8-13 without him last year, and it really hampered their playoff chances. This year when Allen is in the starting lineup, the Cavaliers are 8-4.

Last night Allen was great on the offensive end. He was finishing off lobs from Darius Garland, a player he has outstanding chemistry on the floor with, and even Evan Mobley. Allen was a terrific 7-of-9 from the field and 7-of-13 from the free throw line.

While shooting just over 50% from the line isn’t great, getting there 13 times definitely had a positive effect on the outcome of the game for the Cavaliers. However, Allen wasn’t without help from his frontline teammate in Mobley.

It seems like every game that Evan Mobley shows more offensively than he did in the last; he’s seemingly just scratching the surface on that end. Saturday night he not only had 21 points, but he was spreading it around. Mobley was 8-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. If he continues to shoot 3-6 three-pointers per game, it’s only going to help the Cavaliers, especially when their without one of their key playmakers at times (Donovan Mitchell).

With that being said, maybe the most impressive thing Mobley did last night was his passing. He only had three assists, but all three were dimes, including a late no-look feed to Allen.