Here’s the Great, Not So Great, & Bottom Line of Cavs’ win over Knicks

The Cavs returned home on Sunday night riding a four-game winning streak as they faced the New York Knicks.

Against New York, Cleveland led 62-59 at the break, but the Knicks outscored the Cavs by 12 in the third to take a nine-point lead into the fourth.

However, in the fourth, Cleveland went on a 19-8 run to take the lead for good as they would defeat the Knicks 121-108 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to get their fifth straight win.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over New York:


Donovan Mitchell had 38 points(8/13 3-PT FG) and a career-high 12 assists. He was supposed to be a Knick, and it seemed he had a little extra for them on Sunday night. 

First Quarter Mitchell: He had 15 of his 38 points and five of his 12 assists in the first quarter. All 15 of Mitchell’s points came on five threes. In fact, he scored and assisted on 28 of the team’s 35 first-quarter points.  

Kevin Love had 16 of his season-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. He made five of his eight threes in the final stanza. The eight threes ties a career-high. Love will have moments like this, as is 29 points came in only 22 minutes off the bench. He’s a weapon!! 

Dean Wade: I’ve been calling for him to start all season long, especially after Garland went down, and he rewarded me with a career-high 22 points, including a career-high tying six threes. 

Three-Point Shooting: Cavs made 23 threes on 50 attempts. That’s 46%, and that’s big time. It’s hard to beat a team when they shoot it that well from deep.

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland trailed 93-84 heading into the fourth, and they took over from there. They outscored the Knicks 37-15 in the final quarter. They shot 60% from the floor, made eight threes, and held the Knicks to 35% shooting from the field. Mitchell and Love made seven of those eight threes. The two scored 28 of the team’s 37 fourth-quarter points.

Not So Great:

Caris LeVert: After scoring 41 points on Friday against Boston, LeVert was off Sunday night. He was 0/9 from the floor and finished with one point and eight assists.

Third Quarter: After leading 62-59 at halftime, the Cavs fell apart in the third. They shot 29% from the field. Conversely, the Knicks got hot and shot 65% from the floor. They outscored the Cavs 34-22 in the quarter.

Bottom Line:

The Cavs get another good win Sunday night, especially considering their big, emotional win over the Celtics Friday night. Mitchell had the Knicks and the whole city of New York wishing they would have departed with the assets to bring him back home. However, it didn’t happen, and the Cavs swooped in and got their man, and he’s been as advertised after six games.

What’s Next:

The Cavs battle the Celtics at home on Wednesday night in a rematch of Friday’s thrilling game.

Best of the Rest:

Evan Mobley had 16 points, seven rebounds, and three assists for the Cavs.

For the Knicks, Evan Fournier and Jalen Brunson led the way with 16 points apiece; Julius Randle had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

According to the NBA, Mitchell and Love are only the second pair of teammates in NBA history to each make 8-plus threes in the same game.

Junkyard Dog:

Dean Wade received the “Junkyard Dog” award for his performance on Sunday night.

Cavs pull it out in OT; here’s the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of Cavs’ win over Wizards

The Cavaliers returned home for the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday as they battled the Wizards in the home opener at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cleveland(2-1) had a lead late but allowed the Wizards(2-1) to tie the game in regulation and send it to overtime. In OT, the Cavs outscored the Wizards 14-4 to win 117-107.

Here’s the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Wizards.


Donovan Mitchell: The three-time All-Star had another 30-plus point game as he had 37 points(5/12 3pt FG), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals. In OT, with the Cavs down one, Mitchell made a layup plus the foul, and on the next possession, he had a big steal that set up Cedi Osman for a layup plus the foul. According to Elias Sports, Mitchell is just the third player in NBA history to score 30-plus points in each of his first three games with a franchise.

Jarrett Allen: He was tough and gritty on Sunday. He recorded his second double-double in three games with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks. Allen punctuated the game with a big dunk over Kristaps Porzingis in OT.

Cedi Osman: The Cavs got off to a slow start in the first quarter, and Osman checked in and immediately sparked the Cavs. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter. The Cavs bench outscored the starters in the first half, and Osman was a big reason that happened.

Defense: Cleveland forced 20 Wizards turnovers, which led to 28 points. In addition, they had 10 steals and five blocked shots. Washington had no field goals in the final 3:19 of the game.

Not So Great:  

Donovan Mitchell:  With less than a minute left in regulation, and the Cavs up four, Mitchell got a little sloppy with the ball. He was stripped by Bradley Beal, who got fouled and made two free throws. The next possession, he got stripped by Will Barton, which ended in a Barton dunk, and after Mitchell missed a jumper on the final possession, the game went to overtime. Not a great sequence for Mitchell.

Bottom Line:

The energy at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was terrific, and Mitchell gave them a lot to cheer about. He’s been as advertised and then some. Mitchell can get anywhere he wants on the court and score the ball at a high level. In addition, Cleveland continues to get great play from its bench, especially Osman, who has been outstanding in the first three games. Still early, but the Cavs may have something with this roster.

What’s Next:

Cleveland has a few days off before they battle the Orlando Magic at home on Wednesday night.

Best of the Rest:

The Cavs had six players in double figures for the second game in a row. Dean Wade had 12 points off the bench; Evan Mobley and Caris LeVert had 10 points apiece.

Beal’s 27 points led Washington; Porzingis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Rui Hachimura chipped in with 16 points off the bench.

Official: Cavs extend Dean Wade

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Dean Wade to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a three-year, $18.5 million contract. The team picked up his fourth-year option in June, and now he’s locked up for the next few seasons.

“The Cavs gave me a real opportunity; I think that’s the biggest thing,” Wade said after practice today. “I’m thankful for the organization, coaching staff, everything. They gave me a real opportunity to show what I can do. I got lucky, and they kept me. It’s been a crazy journey. I’m just thankful for it.”

Wade appeared in 51 games (career-high 28 starts) for the Cavaliers last season, averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per contest. The 6-9 forward also scored in double-figures on 11 occasions and registered one double-double.

The 25-year-old, who signed a two-way contract with the Cavs after he went undrafted in 2019 out of Kansas State, has spent his entire three-year NBA career with the Cavaliers, appearing in 126 regular season games (47 starts) with averages of 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game.

The Cavs have a hole at the 3-spot after trading Lauri Markkanen, and with his length and defensive ability, Wade could easily be a starter for this team in 2022-23. 


Listen to Go4i! Guest: Cavs F Dean Wade

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We discussed many topics, including:

-The acquisition of Donovan Mitchell

-Upcoming season

-Wade’s role in Cleveland

-Being title contenders

-Evan Mobley

-Kevin Love

According to Wade, the Cavs are one of the top teams in the NBA. 

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Cavs exercise fourth-year team option on Dean Wade

The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised their fourth-year team option on forward Dean Wade, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Wade will make $1.9 million next season and can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2022-23 season.

Last season, Wade appeared in 51 games (28 starts) for the Cavaliers, averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes. Wade missed the final 15 games of the season after undergoing surgery on his right meniscus in March.

The third-year forward had his moments last season as he scored in double figures in 11 of his 28 starts and shot .429 (21-49) from beyond the arc over his final 12 outings as a starter (Jan. 24-March 12).

Wade is a decent shooter and is a solid piece off Cleveland’s bench, and he’s expected to have a similar role next season.

Cavs’ Garland, Mobley shine in Indiana

On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers began a three-game road trip in Indiana against the Pacers.

Cleveland got a big night from Darius Garland, who had a career-high 41 points, including the game-winning free throws with 14 seconds left as the Cavs defeated the Pacers 127-124 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The Cavs(38-27) have won two straight, while Indiana(22-45) has dropped three in a row.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Pacers.

The Great for the Cavs:

Garland!: Darius Garland was just ridiculous. The Gary, Indiana native, had 21 of his career-high 41 points in the fourth quarter to go along with 13 assists, five rebounds, and two steals. The last Cavs player to have 40-plus points and 10-plus assists in a game was, of course, LeBron James(2018).

The All-Star carried the Cavs in the fourth. With just under a minute to go, and the Cavs trailing 122-120, Garland’s driving layup tied things up, and he made the game-winning free throws.

What a night for Garland, who finished with 31 points in the second half.

Evan Mobley: No Jarrett Allen, no problem. Rookie Evan Mobley filled in at the center spot and recorded his second straight 20 and 10 double-double as he had 22 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and a career-high five steals. He also had a big tip-in late in the contest to tie the game at 124 with 33.6 seconds left. Mobley did it all for the Cavs Tuesday night.

-Lauri Markkanen had a strong game for the Cavs. He had 21 points and five rebounds. This was Markkanen’s second consecutive 20-plus point game.

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland trailed 98-90, entering the fourth quarter. However, they got it done in the fourth, especially Garland(7-10 FG). As a whole, the Cavs shot 59% from the floor. They outscored the Pacers 37-26 in the quarter.

Lamar Stevens: He made two big defensive plays down the stretch. With the game tied at 124, Stevens made a big block on Malcolm Brogdon’s layup attempt, which was retrieved by Mobley, who gave it off to Garland, who was fouled and hit the game-winning free throws.

The next possession, Dean Wade had a deflection, which Stevens grabbed. Ultimately, Stevens won the “Junkyard Dog Award” for his defense late in the game. He finished with nine points.

The Not So Great for the Cavs:

Defense: Despite the win and Stevens’ big plays on defense, Cleveland did not have their best defensive performance Tuesday night. They allowed the Pacers to score 124 points in regulation, and Indiana shot 54% from the floor, including 50%(16/32) from downtown. Without Allen and Caris LeVert, Cleveland will need their defense. They did create 18 turnovers to their credit, which led to 23 points for the Cavs.

Bottom Line:

The Cavs needed this game. They had to win, especially with back-to-back road games against the Heat and Bulls coming up.

Fortunately for Cleveland, Garland and Mobley got the job done.  

According to Cavs Notes, the 22-year-old Garland(41) and the 20-year-old Mobley (22) combined for 63 points. They are the first Cavs’ teammates age 22 or younger to combine for 63-plus points in a single game since 2013.

As for the standings, the sixth-seeded Cavaliers are now a 1/2 game behind the fifth-seeded Celtics(39-27).

What’s Next:

Cleveland continues their three-game road trip Friday night in Miami against the Heat.

Best of the Rest:

Indiana had eight players in double figures, led by Tyrese Haliburton’s 25 points and nine assists. Goga Bitadze, Jalen Smith, and Duane Washington Jr. had 15 points apiece.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Cavs. Isaac Okoro added 11 points, and Wade chipped in with 10.

-The Cavs(4-0) swept the season series with the Pacers.

-Rajon Rondo returned after missing six games with a toe injury. He went scoreless in 11 minutes of action, but he did have two rebounds and four assists

LeVert(foot) missed his seventh straight game.

Watch below as Mobley and Garland react to the win over the Pacers:

Cavs Love on Garland: ‘I’ve been telling him, keep leading us’

The Cleveland Cavaliers came into Monday’s game against the New York Knicks without two valuable pieces in Lauri Markkanen(ankle) and Jarrett Allen(illness). However, like we’ve seen throughout this season with Cleveland, it’s next man up. 

Ed Davis and Dean Wade got the start for the Cavaliers.

Kevin Love scored a team-high 20 points off the bench as the Cavs would defeat the Knicks 95-93 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

The Knicks, who were on the second half of a back-to-back after defeating the Clippers on Sunday, had a chance to beat Cleveland at the buzzer, but Julius Randle’s three was wide.

Cleveland(29-19) has won two straight and seven of eight, while the Knicks(23-25) have lost four of five. 

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ win over the Knicks.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Kevin Love gave Cleveland the lift they needed off the bench. Love had 20 points, including six threes. He also added 11 rebounds. The 14-year veteran went off in the third as he scored 14 on four threes. Love also had a milestone as he moved into fourth place on the team’s all-time defensive rebounds list.

-Evan Mobley had his second straight double-double as he scored 15 points and 12 rebounds. He also added five assists. This was Mobley’s 15th consecutive game in double figures.

-For the fifth straight game, Darius Garland had a double-double. The third-year guard had 13 points and 12 assists. This was Garland’s seventh double-double in eight games. In addition, with the score tied at 91, Garland made the game-winning three with 1:23 to go in the fourth.  

According to ESPN’s Stats and Info, Garland recorded his fifth straight game with 10 assists,  tying LeBron James (2017-18) for the longest streak by any Cavaliers player over the last 10 seasons.

-Isaac Okoro brought energy and effort against the Knicks. He was all over the court and finished with 14 points and six rebounds. 

Third Quarter: New York and Cleveland were tied at 50 at the break. In the third, Love came alive as he scored 14 of his 20 points in the quarter. With just over five minutes left in the third and the game knotted at 61, Love got hot, and the Cavs went on a 15-1 run to take a 76-62 lead. The five-time All-Star scored 11 points during that run.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Turnovers: On Saturday against OKC, Cleveland had a season-high 23 turnovers, and Monday night, they added 20 more turnovers, which is a combined 43 turnovers in two games. We keep saying all these turnovers are going to lead to a loss. However, Cleveland has found ways to get it done. 

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland took their largest lead of 15 points at the 9:41 mark in the final period, but they let the Knicks creep back in. New York went on a 20-5 run to knot the game at 91. The Knicks would outscore Cleveland 24-19 in the fourth. The Cavs had trouble scoring in the fourth as they shot 26.3% from the floor and went over five minutes without a field goal. However, again, the Cavs would find a way to get things done. 

Bottom Line:

The Cavaliers were missing 2/3 of their frontcourt Monday night and did not really play a good game against the Knicks. However, good teams find ways to win games when they are not at their best, and it’s clear the Cavs fall under the good team category. 

With the win, Cleveland continues to move up the standings. The fifth-seeded Cavs are 1.5 games behind the Heat for the top spot in the East, and one of the teams they’re chasing, the fourth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, comes to Cleveland Wednesday night.

 “I’ve been telling him, keep leading us,” Love said about Garland after the game.

What’s Next:

The Cavaliers conclude their three-game homestand Wednesday night against the world champion Milwaukee Bucks. 

Best of the Rest:

Dean Wade had 13 points, including four threes and five rebounds. Rajon Rondo, who missed six games due to a hamstring injury, had eight points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench.

-RJ Barrett led the Knicks with a game-high 24 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Randle added 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Watch below as Love and head coach J.B Bickerstaff talks big win over Knicks:

Cavs’ Bickerstaff: ‘Stephen Curry is a hell of a basketball player’

The Cavaliers were again without many of their key players on Thursday night against the Warriors. They were missing Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, Cedi Osman, and Lamar Stevens. Also, they were playing the second half of a back-to-back after losing to Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Cleveland took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter but was outscored 36-8 in the final period, and Golden State would defeat the Cavs 104-89 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The Cavaliers(9-8) have now lost three straight while the Warriors(13-2) have won nine of 10.

Here is the Great, the Not so Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Warriors.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-Cleveland had five players in double figures led by Darius Garland, who scored 18 of his team and season-high 25 points in the first half. In that first half, Garland was 7/12 from the field, including four threes.

-Kevin Love scored 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter off the bench. Love was on fire in third as he was 3/4 from the field, including 2/3 from downtown. This was his second straight solid performance after he missed eight games due to COVID.

-Dean Wade gave the Cavs 17 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in 40 minutes of action. He also made three threes.

-Ed Davis got his second consecutive start on Thursday night, and he did a great job on the glass. Davis, who started at center, had seven points, grabbed 13 of his game-high 14 rebounds in the first half, and added two blocks. The 13 rebounds in a half is a career-high for Davis.

Third Quarter: Cleveland had another extraordinary third quarter. After outscoring the Nets 32-19 in the third on Wednesday night, the Cavs outscored the Warriors 27-17 in the quarter. Golden State shot only 41.2% from the field, including 2/8 from three-point range. Love scored 11 points, and the Cavaliers took a 13-point lead into the fourth(81-68). However, the fourth quarter was a different story.

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland led 81-68 entering the fourth, but the Warriors, mainly Steph Curry, woke up. The two-time MVP scored 20 of his game-high 40 points in the quarter, including four threes. Golden State went on a 17-0 run to start the fourth to take the lead. Cleveland went almost six minutes without a point.

The Warriors outscored the Cavs 36-8 in the final period. Cleveland went cold as they shot 2/14 from the field, including 0-7 from downtown.

Turnovers: The Cavaliers did not take care of the ball against the Warriors, and they finished with 20 turnovers, including seven by Garland.

Bottom Line:

For 36 minutes, it appeared the Cavs could pull off the upset, but the Warriors are one of the best teams in the league for a reason, and it showed. Despite the loss, Cleveland can hold their heads high. They battled two of the best teams in basketball, with 80% percent of their opening-day starting lineup in street clothes. Now, they get three days off, which will give players time to get healthy.

“Stephen Curry is a hell of a basketball player,” Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The shots he was making weren’t easy.”

What’s Next:

Cleveland will continue their four-game homestand on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.

Best of the Rest:

-Curry was 9/14 from three-point range. Draymond Green had four points and 14 assists; Nemanja Bjelica scored 14 points off the bench, and Andrew Wiggins added 12 points.

-Ricky Rubio had 10 points and five assists; Isaac Okoro chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

Listen Below as Garland and Wade react to the loss to Warriors:

Cavs’ Bickerstaff was happy with team’s effort in loss to Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers(21-48) lost again on Monday night as they fell to the Pacers(32-36) 111-102 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

Cleveland has now lost a season-high 11 straight and has dropped 14 of their last 15 games.

Domantas Sabonis had 21 points and 20 rebounds for Indiana, and Kelani Martin scored a career-high 25 points off the bench.

The Cavaliers’ Isaac Okoro had 20 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and Dean Wade had 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Cleveland had only nine players available on Monday night, and was without Kevin Love, Darius Garland, Larry Nance Jr., and six others, but they fought in this game. The Cavaliers led 60-53 at halftime. However, Indiana would take a two-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Following an Okoro running layup that tied the game at 91 midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana went on a 14-4 run to take complete control of the game. 

While the Cavs lost their 11th straight, head coach J.B. Bickerstaff was pleased with the team’s fight against the Pacers.

“They laid it on the line tonight,” Bickerstaff said. “They gave us everything they had tonight. We just came up a little short.”

After the game, some of the talk was about assistant Lindsay Gottlieb, who will be leaving the team to become the head coach for the USC women’s basketball team. 

Collin Sexton, who had 25 points, eight assists, and five rebounds on Monday night, had a great relationship with Gottlieb and really enjoyed the advice she gave him.

“She always going to give me the real advice and the true advice that I need,” Sexton said about Gottlieb. “At the end of the day, she’s not going to sugarcoat anything. if she feels like I’m not playing up to my potential, she’ll let me know.”

Cleveland will complete their three-game homestand on Wednesday night when they host the Celtics. The Cavaliers will finish their season on the road when they battle the Wizards on Friday and Brooklyn on Sunday.