Game 1: Knicks at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7)/TNT
2. That was about as bad as LeBron James is going to play. The eight turnovers were very uncharacteristic. Everyone expected him to take over the game at some point. That never happened. He just kept coughing up the basketball.
3. Power forward Kevin Love was fantastic on the boards with 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. It was the 257th double-double of his career. I'm almost in awe of his rebounding and outlet passes. I just love the way this guy hits the boards.
4. The Knicks are coming off a 24-point loss to the Bulls on Wednesday. I don't expect them to make the playoffs. They were missing two key performers in Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. Then explain how they came onto the Cavs' home court and kicked their butts? I can't. I will say forward Carmelo Anthony was pretty good with 25 points. He had a dagger shot late in the game over James. Melo is still dangerous and loves to play against James. They were both in the 2003 draft class.
5. Normally, I don't get too excited about scoreboards, but the Cavs' new jumbotron is fascinating. The old scoreboard wasn't in HD. This one is clearer than your TV set at home. The sound system is also loud and crystal clear. You'll be impressed. I've love to know how much it cost. It had a black spot on the screen for much of the second half. Someone's head probably rolled over that one.
UP NEXT: Cavs at Chicago, United Center, Friday, 8 p.m.
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Samuel Dalembert (6-11, 255)
Knicks - C Andrea Bargnani, G Jose Calderon