These Cavs never give up

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lower benefits compared to the beginning of the season based on injuries and inexperience, but they continue to be one of the stories of the season. Now they are without Jarret Allen, with the East’s head definitely out of their reach and play-in on their heels, but they get back up again and again despite the blows. Tonight against the Denver Nuggets they were on the ground, touched. But not sunk. They lost by 14 in the last quarter and ended up winning the match in extra time. Much merit.

It was the day of Lauri Markkanen, a player who was a promise of the fat women in Chicago, from where he ended up leaving through the back door. In Cleveland he has played many minutes of 3, something unthinkable until the day before yesterday, and seemed the weakest piece of the quintet at the beginning of the season. Even Ricky and Okoro, two substitutes (the second already a starter), were more important than him. But the Finn has quality, no one disputes that, and he must also be a professional because Bickerstaff has not stopped trusting him. And, in the end, one night what happened today had to happen. What has the party decided? His 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime put the Cavs three ahead. Then there was a basket by Jokic followed by another by Mobley, so Markkanen’s three-point lead (31 points, 10 rebounds, 6/10 3-point shooting) was decisive.

Evan Mobley, top contender for rookie of the year, scored 9 of his 27 points in overtime. On the other side, Bones Hyland, one of the sensations lately in Denver, desperately missed a triple to force the second overtime. Although it was Nikola Jokic, oddly enough, who was not at his level. Not in the game in general (top scorer with 32 points, in addition to 10 rebounds and 8 assists), if not the resolution of the match. The Serb missed a shot and, above all, lost a ball in the last 100 seconds of extra time: “We did a bit of everything wrong at the end. We didn’t do a good job on the defensive rebound, especially me. And my last The pass was bad, really bad. I made a mistake”, assured the center. Denver thus breaks one of the best away streaks in its history. The Nuggets haven’t lost on the road since Feb. 11.

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