Key: Bench Boss
When Dwyane Wade speaks, people listen. And when he requested that he be moved to the bench after starting the first three games of the season, turns out he was on to something.
Over the last two games – including last night’s 15-point performance – Wade is shooting 63 percent, averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
Cleveland’s bench had been excellent before slowing down last night in New Orleans – combining for at least 45 points in three straight outings. Last night, there wasn’t much production outside of Wade. Kyle Korver stayed hot, but didn’t get many opportunities, going 3-of-5 from the floor, 2-of-4 from long-range for eight points. Jae Crowder, in his first appearance off the bench, finished with five points and four boards.
The Knicks top reserves include sharpshooter Doug McDermott, forward Kyle O’Quinn – who led both teams with a dozen boards off the bench on Friday – veteran Michael Beasley and their prized rookie, Frank Ntilikina.