The NBA featured an exciting game tonight between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings. Revenge was on the minds of every Cavalier tonight, as they suffered a demoralizing loss to the Kings back in January, which ended with a final score of 124-80.
Coming into this game off two straight wins, there was a different vibe with the Cavs tonight. They seemed to have their swagger back, despite recently firing their general manger Chris Grant. They would rally together and put on an impressive scoring display, beating the Kings 109-99. A big part of the Cavs’ success tonight was the stellar play of Luol Deng, who went on to score 22 points with four assists.
It seems like he is adjusting to his role with the Cavaliers, and this bodes well for the Cavs going into the All-Star break. Deng is an great scorer; this was true when he was with the Chicago Bulls for many years. The Cavs need to keep feeding him the ball, as this increases their chances of claiming victory tremendously. He can create shots when it seems like there isn’t an inch to give, and he is a very underrated defender.
Along with Deng’s stellar play, Anthony Bennett, who was the No. 1 pick in the draft, played much better tonight. He went on to score 19 points with 10 rebounds, a performance that was set career-highs for him in both categories. If the Cavaliers can keep these efforts up on the offensive end and keep playing with the same level of focus, they have a great shot at making it four-straight wins before the All-Star break, which bodes well for the rest of their season.