Last time the New York Knicks came to Cleveland, back in December, they got beat by the Cavaliers. In a desperate attempt to exact revenge against the Cavs this time around, the Knicks went out and traded for Carmelo Anthony earlier this week just prior to making their return trip to the Q.
No matter. Same result for Melo’s Knicks this time around too, as the Cavaliers won on Friday 115-109 to the suprise of nobody in Cleveand. We own you, New York. Maybe find a way to have Durant play for you too next time if you want to have a chance of beating this match-up nightmare of squad we have here.
In all seriousness though, there were a few real reasons why the Cavaliers were able to stay unbeaten since the trade deadline on Friday night. Two of those reasons are named Antawn Jamison and Ramon Sessions, and third we’ll get to in a minute.
Jamison went for a team-high 28 to go along with 13 boards, outscoring Carmelo (27 points) and out-rebounding Stoudemire (11 rebounds).
Meanwhile, Ramon looked like an NBA starting PG all night long – again - on his way to a 22 point, 8 rebound, 4 assist night of his own. Sessions really kinda looks like a building block type piece for the future, doesn’t he?
The real story from this one though, as far as this little blog is concerned, was and is the game played by the guy we know as The Hickson.
JJ went for 24 points, a game high 15 rebounds, game high 5 blocked shots, and included in his effort heady, smart, (how many times have you used those words to describe a JJ Hickson performance?) defensive plays like taking a charge just prior to the end of the first half which lead to a three-pointer at the 2nd quarter buzzer by Ramon Sessions to tie things up at 53.
The dude straight up looks like he’s real close to “getting it”, and I am about to get as bullish as I was on him in the early goings this season all over again.
The Hickson talked about the effort postgame:
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