The young unity from the Cleveland Cavaliers is performing above expectations, as they are managing to battle for the top spots in the Eastern Conference. What it was supposed to be a growth season to take advantage of the addition of new talented players like Evan Mobley, has turned out to be the best year of the Cavs since the exit of LeBron James.
In absence of Ricky Rubio, who will miss the rest of the season due to an injury, Darius Garland has taken a step forward to be the main player of the moment at Cleveland. The shooting guard averages 19,8 points, 3,4 rebounds and 8 assists in 40 games and is leaving exhibitions on his most recent matches.
Garlan recorded his first career triple-double last week with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists against the Utah Jazz, which gave the Cavaliers the win. Next game versus the San Antonio Spurs showed off his best abilities at scoring and ended with 32 points and another victory.
Just a day later, they took on Oklahoma City Thunder and Garland challenged himself to continue his sweet week. He gave 18 assists, his record. Only LeBron James had reached this assists number with the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in the last 20 years.
Cleveland hosted the Nets without Kevin Durant but yes Kyrie Irving and James Harden to start off the week. The Brooklyn’s duo was not enough to stop a Cavaliers in a great streak with Garland as their scoring leader. Fifth win in a row (107-114).
Garland scored 20 points and gave 12 assists in their loss to the Chicago Bulls last night (104-117). Even though it is difficult, Garland’s momentum can make him climb up spots on point/shooting guards in the East towards the All-Star, which will in fact be held in Cleveland this year.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
Main image: Twitter @cavs.
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