The Cleveland Cavaliers were once again involved in a tight contest. Like it has been the case all season long, the team failed to improve their game when it counted the most and dropped a perfectly winnable contest against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
In a night where the franchise honored former All-Star Zydrunas Ilgauskas – retiring his No. 11 in a touching ceremony at halftime – the Cavs simply weren’t able to turn things around against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. The Cavaliers were constantly down on the scoreboard and it seemed like they always had to come from behind in order to have a chance.
The final 12 minutes showed the worst of the team as Cleveland was erratic on both ends of the court and as a result, the Knicks came away with a 107-97 win that puts the Cavaliers even further in the postseason race.
Luckily for the Cavaliers fans, there were some bright spots tonight that can make everyone think that there are better days ahead. Spencer Hawes — who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds — keeps showing he was a solid pick-up at the trade deadline and Kyrie Irving flirted with a triple-double once again, finishing with 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Sadly for the fans, the team as a whole seems unable to function as a unit and unless that is corrected, the Cavaliers will continue to struggle especially down the stretch. Just like they did tonight against the Knicks and just like it has happened all season long.