Cavs’ Mobley: ‘We’re getting more and more confident every game’

For forty-seven minutes and fifty-five seconds, the Cleveland Cavaliers trailed the Toronto Raptors. However, after Darius Garland was fouled driving to the basket with 04.8 seconds left, he made two free throws to give the Cavs a 102-101 lead. 

The Raptors(6-4) had one more chance, but OG Anunoby missed a turnaround shot, Scottie Barnes missed a tip-in, and Cleveland held on to win 102-101 at Scotiabank Arena.

Cleveland(6-4) has now won three straight and six out of their last eight, and they snapped Toronto’s five-game winning streak. 

Here is the Great, Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over Toronto.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Cleveland had five players in double-figures led by Darius Garland. The third-year guard got it done in the second half. He scored 17 of his team-high 21 points, including 12 in the fourth. He also added a team-high eight assists, and of course, he hit the game-winning free throws.  

-Jarrett Allen continues to play well. Allen had a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, to go along with two steals, and a block. Allen even made bank-shot three late in fourth with the shot clock winding down that tied the game at 94. During Cleveland’s three-game win streak, he is averaging 21.3 points (.676 FG%), 16.0 rebounds, 1.33 steals, and 1.67 blocks per game.

-Evan Mobley was stellar on Friday night as he went up against Toronto’s rookie sensation Scottie Barnes. Mobley had 18 points, five rebounds, and two assists.

After 10 games, Mobley has been outstanding. 

He has registered 138 points, 79 rebounds, 23 assists, 10 steals, and 14 blocks. According to The Athletic, only three other players in NBA history have recorded such minimums in their first ten career games: Lamar Odom, Mychal Thompson, Bill Walton.

-Cedi Osman has been great off Cleveland’s bench, and he was excellent against Toronto. He scored 17 points, including five three-pointers. Osman is shooting 59%(13/22) from downtown during Cleveland’s three-game winning streak.

Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

-Collin Sexton struggled on Friday night. He finished 4/17 from the field with nine points.

Turnovers: While Cleveland continues to win, they have to do a better job protecting the ball. The Cavs had 19 turnovers against Toronto.

Bottom Line:

Cleveland did not play their best basketball on Friday night, but a good team finds a way to win games when they are not at their best, so maybe the Cavs are turning into a good team. In addition, good teams win on the road, and after ten games, Cleveland is 4-3 on the road. What makes this win even more impressive is they are missing three key players in Lauri Markkanen(Health and Safety Protocols), Kevin Love(Health and Safety Protocols), and Isaac Okoro(hamstring).

“We’re getting more and more confident every game,” Mobley said. “The chemistry is building every game.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland travels to New York to battle the Knicks on Sunday night.

Best of the Rest:

-Anunoby led Toronto with 23 points; Fred VanVleet had 18 points, six assists, and six rebounds; Barnes had 14 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, and Gary Trent Jr. chipped in with 17.

-Cleveland’s Ricky Rubio had 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

-Cleveland leads the NBA in contested shots(570) and have two players in the top five in that category.

NBA LEADERS – TOTAL CONTESTED SHOTS (as of Saturday 11/6/21) 

1. EVAN MOBLEY 159

2. JARRETT ALLEN 118

3. G.Antetokounmpo 115

4. M.Bamba 110

5. D.Sabonis 109

Listen below as Mobley, Garland, and Allen react to win over Raptors:

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