Ricky Rubio debuted on Wednesday night with his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists in a game in which the Memphis Grizzlies point guard stood out, ya morant, who made 37 points. blond, who ended up playing 25 minutes after starting the game from the bench, calmed down the game for the young Cleveland team, providing more depth and movement of the ball in attack and a more coordinated defense. And he did it on the eve of his 31st birthday.
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But Morant, who besides being the top scorer of the game with 37 points provided six assists and two blocks, was unstoppable. The point guard made a triple of four attempts and the two free throws he made. In addition to MorantIn the Grizzlies, Desmond Bane stood out, with 22 points, and De’Anthony Melton, with 20. Center Steven Adams had 14 rebounds.
The Morant Festival
The game, played at the FedExForum in Memphis before 15,975 spectators, started on an equal footing. While in the Grizzlies Morant He concentrated the scoring tasks, in the Cleveland team the work was distributed in a more balanced way. When the first quarter ended, the scoreboard indicated a tie at 32-32. Morant had 12 of his team’s points and Bane another nine. In the Cavaliers, Cedi Osman was the leading scorer with nine points from the three triples he had tried in the first 12 minutes. Allen and Sexton had another six points each and Rubio, five.
blond, who entered the court with seven minutes to go in the first quarter after Garland suffered a stumble that caused ankle discomfort, showed his quality from the first minutes. In three minutes, El Masnou’s point guard scored a shot from mid-range, unlocked the Grizzlies defense with assists and hit a triple. On defense, Rubio stole balls and threw his team on the fast break, giving the Cavs a speed they didn’t have with Garland on the court.
But in the second quarter, the Grizzlies imposed their greatest experience on the youth of the Cavaliers. At the restart, the Memphis scored five consecutive triples (two of Jackson Years and three of Melton) that Cleveland was unable to answer. Those five triples in just over three minutes weighed like a slab on the ‘Cavs’, who would finish the second quarter 12 points behind the Grizzlies, 73-61.
After the break, the Cavaliers reacted. With better defense, the team blond he only conceded 21 points in the third quarter while still being able to score 29 points. With a 94-90 on the scoreboard, the final 12 minutes began. But a couple of triples and several steals, again distanced the Grizzlies to 14 points. However, the Cavs, who had lost 16 points in the second quarter, began to close the gap. With 2.33 remaining, two triples in a row brought Cleveland closer to one point, 117-116.
But it was in vain. Morant He reappeared, first with a mid-range shot, then with an assist to Melton to cap off a 7-0 run with a triple. With eight points ahead of 1 minute from the end of the game, the Grizzlies aborted the rebellion attempt of the ‘Cavs’.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.