Post-mortem: Cavs 100, Knicks 91
A quick look back:
I don't know about anyone else, but yorus truly is relieved that this is the only visit the Cavs make to Big Apple. While it was low key for the most part, the speculation and the the rumor mill turning make for a blah kind of experience. Everyone wants to play Nostradamus and predict where LeBron James will play next year. Let's try this: how about finishing THIS year first.
On the lineup change: Nice move moving J.J. Hickson to the starting lineup. As long as he continues to do his job - and coach Mike Brown is a lot more concerned with defense and his case than scoring - it has a chance to work over the long haul. The move allowed last year' s starting five to eventually get extended playing time together and it was during those moments in the first quarter the Cavs pulled away.
Maybe the Cavs werein a New York state of mind, but after three of their best quarters of the season, they went to sleep in the fourth allwoing the Knicks to significantly cut into their seemingly insurmountable lead.
Game: Cavs at Knicks
Broadcast: TV: ESPN. Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters: Cavs: LeBron James (F); J.J. Hickson (F); Shaquille O'Neal (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G). Knicks: Wilson Chandler (F); Danilo Gallinari (F); David Lee (C); Chris Duhon (G); Larry Hughes (G).
Officials: Ken Mauer, John Goble, David Guthrie
Streaking: Cavs have lost one. The Knicks have lost one.
What to watch:
The Cavaliers can't get caught up iin a the Knicks run-and-shoot game that Mike D'Antoni loves for his teams to play. They aren't exactly built for it.
Watch to see what LeBron James does. Last time at the Garden he put up 50-plus points and had a triple-double taken away from him.