The day is finally here. The 2016-17 NBA season is now underway. It was an emotional night for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their 2016 NBA Championship banner was unveiled to a capacity crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. It was hometown hero LeBron James’ goal to bring a trophy to “The Land”, and his dream was realized tonight with the banner being presented to the team. Tonight also marks the beginning of the MLB World Series, where the Cleveland Indians are competing. It was an exciting night for Cleveland sports fans. The Cavaliers were favorites coming in, and they did not disappoint, winning 117-88.
New Knicks point guard Derrick Rose grabbed the first basket of the game. Rose played aggressive in the first quarter with multiple impressive buckets in the paint. He faced criticism that he isn’t as athletic as he used to be, but tonight he proved that he can still make contested, physical shots. Joakim Noah had a slow first game with New York, finishing with just 6 rebounds and 0 points. Derrick Rose had 17 points and shot 7-17 from the field. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 19 points going 8/18.
Kevin Love had an explosive game, chalking up 23 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James grabbed his first triple-double of the season, with 19 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 29 points. Richard Jefferson, who retired this off-season then changed his mind, had a productive night off the bench with 13 points and 4 rebounds.
The Knicks came into this game hoping to prove they can compete in the eastern conference. They had an opportunity to take out the champs, but ultimately came up short. The Knicks may call themselves a “superteam”, but they sure do not preform like one.
Up next for the Knicks is a home game against the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Cavs head to Toronto to face off against the Raptors.