Coming off arguably their most embarrassing loss of the season, the New York Knicks travel to Cleveland to take on the nearly equally disappointing Cavaliers. With the Knicks currently sitting at 5-14 and the Cavs at 7-13, this should be nice showcase for the early season struggles of the Eastern Conference, which is playing some horrific basketball on the whole right now.
Unlike the Knicks, the Cavs are coming off an impressive win, knocking off the Los Angeles Clippers 88-82. They also knocked off the Denver Nuggets less than a week ago by 10 points, so yes…they are playing better than the Knicks right now.
Despite some reported behind the scene issues, Kyrie Irving is averaging 19.7 points per game with 5.8 assists per game, along with with a PER of 16.0. Shooting Guard Dion Waiters, rumored to be on the trading block, is averaging 14.4 points per game, while shooting 42% from the field and 38% from three. Andrew Bynum continues to work back from injury and is currently playing about 19 minutes per night, while averaging 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Irving is likely to give the Knicks immense issues in the backcourt with his speed and the same likely goes for Waiters. The Knicks seemed to be turning a corner with back to back blowout wins over the Nets and Magic but regressed to an indescribably awful performance on Sunday at home against the Celtics. Mike Woodson’s job security cannot be described as anything but tenuous. This remains a generally lifeless and inconsistent team, who cannot play defense and has zero rhythm on offense.
With the Cavaliers tonight, a struggling Chicago team on the schedule tomorrow and Boston on Friday, you would think the Knicks have a chance to maybe rack up some wins but in reality the Knicks have shown to be substantially worse than all three of those teams through one quarter of the season.
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