Cavaliers savor hard-earned victory
Two days after a wild finish against the Bulls, it was punctuated by a legendary performance Donovan Mitchell became only the 7th player in league history to score 70 points Riders they fought against the Sun last night to get rid of their emotions.
It certainly offers another narrow win at the end of the stretch, but in a less flashy way than earlier in the week against Chicago.
While this came as no surprise to JB Bickerstaff, who characterized his team’s performance this way, ” emotional hangover » after the euphoria of the previous match.
” I thought our offense was obviously in big trouble The Cavaliers coach logically pointed out that after his players missed their first nine shots and, more broadly, their first fourteen attempts from behind the arc, they ended the first half with just 33 points on 29% shooting. ” But because we compensated in defense, we kept the chance to win. »
The Cavs are actually holding Devin Booker-less opponents to less than 40% shooting to lessen the damage of their fumble. Especially in this regard, in the decisive fourth quarter, after 36 minutes, Guneshli, who were leading by 5 points, scored only 24 points.
Back to reality for Donovan Mitchell, glory for Evan Mobley
After rocking the NBA planet earlier in the week, Spida actually bounced back last night, finishing with a team-like 20 points…on 20 shots (6 total).
” There was no more juice in my legs. Therefore, I tried to remain an asset for my team, to remain strong Added 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals, making up for his humbling night offensively, though he still had the cool to hit a game-winning shot to offer the lead. 40 seconds to go.
On the last possession, Landry Shamet tied the score at 88-88 after Shamet answered him with a game-winning shot of his own, so match point logically went back to him. However sniper The Cavaliers back, who locked him down in a two-man catch from Sun and Mikal Bridges, was forced to let go of his skin.
And thenEvan Mobley entered the scene. At the start of the move, the young winger, positioned at the other end of the field, “flashed” behind Mikal Bridges at the level of the free-throw line and thus received an ideal pass for a wide-open shot, which hit the mark. .
” I thought the defense would double down on Donovan. So I made myself available just explained the former Southern California who scored only 4 minor points before this “game winner”. ” I focused on this point, this shot where I had to score […] It was like a workout. First tap, second tap and boom. »
” Explosion “, third win in a row after a clearly poor performance, seventh in the last ten games. It proves that the Cavaliers have the resources to show that they are capable of winning in a variety of scenarios, even the toughest.
” I would like to score 20 points per game JB Bickerstaff, who found beauty in effort, was convinced in the end. ” But the heart of competition is fighting, fighting over small details, accepting challenges both individually and collectively. If you have that mental strength, you can always find a way to win. »
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