By Michael Kilgore Sr. The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted their fans to a historic night with the raising of the City’s first championship banner in any major sport in 52 years, and the first for the franchise itself, topping off the night with a very impressive win. The Cavs came storming out of the gate leading by ten at the end of one. New York responded in the second winning the quarter by seven and making it a one possession game at the half. Cleveland would be sure to have the last laugh adding on to a 6 game win streak vs the Knicks including all four meetings last season, with Lebron having a triple double in the late March game. This game Lebron would earn a triple double as well producing 19Pts 14Ast, and 11Reb. Kyrie Irving was the games leading scorer with 29 points.
All of New York’s big off seasons moves seemed to have no change as far as performance goes. True we have a team trying to gel together and starting off against the Champs in the 1st game of competitive play. This wasn’t going to end well and I figured this to be before the start. Former Pistons guard Jennings only had 7pts and former Bulls MVP guard Derrick Rose ended the game for the Knicks with 17 points and went 7-17 in FG range and was upset with his team mates after the game, as well as being disappointed with his own play. Carmelo Anthony ended with 18 points and went 8-18 in FG range. Rose’ former Bulls team mate Noah had a goose egg for the Knicks and was only able to get off one single lone shot.
What I think this game came down to was team chemistry. Every player for Cleveland got on the board while New York’s new star core group struggled as the bench, more or less was ineffective. A team that gets everyone involved and plays good defense is a championship contender. I do like the team New York has put together this year and it’s to my belief they will do fairly well. It takes a new team about 20 hard games before finding it’s chemistry. I’ve seen teams lose17 of the first 20 and then have a total turn around. Look for the Knicks to endure this process. Once they completed the task of learning one another, a healthy New York Knicks squad will be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.