Cavs Open 2023-2024 Season with a Historic Road Win

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​On Wednesday night the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to Brooklyn New York to take on the Brooklyn Nets to start the 2023 – 2024 NBA Season. The team now has a new minority owner, Cleveland Browns All-Pro Defensive End Myles Garret purchased a minority stake in the team. He will be a brand ambassador for the Cavaliers organization. For the Cavaliers, the big question mark going into this game is the injury status of some Cavaliers players.

Cavaliers Center Jarrett Allen was listed as out for the game with an ankle injury. Guard Darius Garland was reported as day-to-day with a hamstring issue. Forward Dean Wade missed Tuesday’s team practice with an illness, and he did not travel with the team to New York. And Guard Ricky Rubio has been away from the team to focus on his mental health. The only injury reported for the Brooklyn Nets was Forward Dariq Whitehead, he was out with a foot injury. This early Eastern Conference matchup can set the tone for the Cavaliers season.

Any professional team would tell you the importance of starting a season strong. Especially in 2023 – 2024 with a competitive Eastern Conference. This tone-setting opener can lead up to an important back-to-back matchup next week against the New York Knicks. This is the same team that eliminated the Cavaliers from the NBA playoffs last season. They play the Knicks on October 31st in Cleveland and then in New York on November 1st. But first, they had to play the Nets.

The first half started with an offensive explosion for both teams. Max Strus was five for seven on three-point shot attempts and led the team with 15 points at halftime. Darius Garland was second 13 points in the first half. Garland also was the first player this season to get called for an intentional flop technical foul. The score was tied 63-63 at halftime.

The second half did not disappoint with excitement. The game came down to the final possession. The Cavaliers defense did get the final stop of the Nets to end the game. Donovan Mitchell’s clutch three-point shot with a little over twelve seconds left in the game set up the historic season-opening victory. The final score was 114-113. This is the first Cleveland Cavaliers road season-opening win since October 31st, 2000. Along with that Cavaliers Guard Max Strus set a Cavaliers debut record making seven three-point shots. Mitchell and Strus both led the team finishing with 27 points for the night.

This game had a playoff-like atmosphere to it. It showed that this Cavaliers team can win close games on the road. If this is any indication of how this season will go. Buckle up Cavaliers fans it is going to be a fun ride this season.

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