Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on Tuesday night. A potential first-round matchup if the Nets surpass the New York Knicks for the 5th seed.
The Cavs were struggling in the first quarter. They were getting trapped and committed turnovers. It was a team that looked utterly uncomfortable on the court. But things changed and calmed down in the second quarter. They started to get more comfortable on offense.
The third quarter was the Cavs’ best quarter. We saw excellent ball movement, attacking the rim, perimeter shooting and overall dominant performance in that quarter. The Cavs kept going at the Nets and showing them why they were the better team on the floor.
Donovan Mitchell is the player of the game. He stole the show and was sensational. He scored 31 points, 10 of 22 from the field. He made several shots from the perimeter and attacked the basket as well. Two of his plays during the game made it to the NBA’s Top 10 plays of the night. He was in the zone.
Evan Mobley was aggressive on offense. He scored 17 points and shot 8-for-12 from the field. Jarrett Allen does what Jarrett Allen does best. He collected 14 rebounds.
Cleveland’s bench played very well and was vital in this game. Caris Levert had 18 points in 31 minutes. Levert also made his presence on defense with two steals. Cedi Osman added 12 points and went perfect from downtown (4-for-4).
Cavs had six players in double figures. This is one of the most impressive offensive performances from the Cavs this season. Cleveland improves to 46-28.
***THE CAVS AND NETS WILL PLAY AGAIN TONIGHT (Mar 23)! 7:30 TIP AT THE BARCLAYS CENTER!!!