While the marathon that is the NBA season comes to a brief halt before the playoffs, no matter how you look at the season, it’s pretty incredible that the Cleveland Cavaliers are making the playoffs. Admittedly, the play-in at the start, but it’s still impressive for such a young team.
On Sunday, the Cavs ended the regular season with a 133-115 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Kevin Love led the Cavaliers in scoring with 32, shooting 8 for 11 from three-pointers. The Bucks apparently rested Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen in the Finals, and there’s a chance Milwaukee and the Cavs will find themselves in the first round of the playoffs.
The trio of Jordan Nwora, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Thanasis Antetokounmpo combined for 79 points in the afternoon. Lauri Markkanen continued his hot streak, scoring 23 for the winners, going 4 of 7 from the outside. Evan Mobley had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Before we get into the stud and the dud of Sunday’s game, let’s look at the current Cavaliers playoff picture with everything locked in place.
The Play-In Tournament
Recently added to the playoffs, seeds 7, 8, 9 and 10 from each conference will play games to see who gets the final two playoff spots.
After the Brooklyn Nets’ win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, the Cavaliers are now scheduled to travel to Brooklyn to face the Nets on Tuesday night. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. ET on TNT. The winner of this game will earn the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and face the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs.
However, the loser of this game will face the winner of the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets, the ninth and 10th seeds in the East. That game takes place Wednesday night in Atlanta on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET. Whoever wins this match will face the loser of Cleveland-Brooklyn, in the latter’s arena.
I know it’s not where Cavalier fans hoped the team would be when looking at the standings in January, but in a one-game setting, you can throw the records away.