I'm not trying to make anybody mad or anything, but I'm just throwing the possibility out there -- maybe the Knicks suck. The Cavaliers are clearly trying to tank to improve their odds in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes and the Knicks, who are on the verge of the playoffs, come into Quicken Loans and get stomped. The Cavaliers are playing Donald Sloan and Manny Harris for serious minutes. The only guy who can guard Carmelo Anthony, Alonzo Gee, is injured.
The playoffs start in a week and the Knicks get blowout by the Cavs? Get that weak stuff outta here.
Cavs Leaders: Points: Irving, 21; Rebounds: Harris, 12; Assists: Jamison, 5
I know this isn't a Knicks blog, but I have to comment on them. That performance was just pathetic. I don't want to take too much credit away from the way that the Cavs players fought and didn't give up, but that was really just sad. The Knicks are pushing for the playoffs. You're supposed to hit your stride as the playoffs start and they came out and did nothing. I don't really care about the Knicks or how they do in the playoffs, but if I were a fan of theirs, I'd be relatively disgusted.
In Cavaliers news, Kyrie Irving once again showed that he's pretty much healthy. He played limited minutes but looked like his usual self. He shredded the Knicks defense and made a bunch of nice layups despite Tyson Chandler protecting the rim. He jumper is still clearly off, as he missed 6 of his 7 three point attempts. Some of those shots were wide open and if his shot was there, he would have made more of them. All in all, it was a good sign to see that there aren't any lingering effects from the shoulder injury. Hopefully he doesn't do anything to hurt it further.
Manny Harris actually played really really well. He played 41 minutes and dropped 19 points on 6-12 shooting. Somehow, he led all players with 12 rebounds as well. Harris seems to be more confident and less hesitant. He's got some nice tools but he needs to develop a consistent jumpshot if he wants to stick around in the NBA. He drained a 40 foot bank shot that made all Knicks fans realize that this just wasn't their night.
Let's talk about the rebounding differential shall we? The Cavaliers out rebounded the Knicks 52-32. Toney Douglas led the Knicks with 9 rebounds. Luke Harangody out rebounded Amare Stoudemire despite played 8 fewer minutes. There, we talked about it.
Anything else you wanna talk about? Samardo Samuels very clearly hates New York. He plays with an otherwise unseen passion against the Knicks. He had a decent night. Also, the Cavs completely own the Knicks at home. The Knicks haven't won in Cleveland since November 29, 2006.
Fear the Sword's Player of the Game
It's a toss up, but I'll give Manny Harris the nod. He played a ton of minutes and played really hard. I want Manny to stick around and show that he's an NBA player. That'd be really cool.