The Cleveland Cavaliers just showed how to bounce back from a tough loss at home.
J.B. Bickerstaff had his team ready, and they hit the ground running from the jump, dominating on both ends of the floor and imposing their physicality in the paint.
The Knicks were erratic and careless with the basketball and allowed over 20 points off turnovers in the first half alone.
The Cavs were oozing with confidence and had the kind of swagger a team has when everything’s going their way.
Nonetheless, Stephen A. Smith has some bad news for them ahead of Game 3.
The ESPN pundit and well-known Knicks fan guaranteed that the Cavs wouldn’t leave Madison Square Garden with a win on Friday, stating that they’re not built for that kind of pressure.
CLEVELAND AIN'T BUILT FOR THIS.
They will NOT walk into The Garden and leave with a win in Game 3 pic.twitter.com/a0jZ9R3yAL
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) April 19, 2023
Of course, it wouldn’t be shocking to see this take age poorly, as the Cavs finished with a better record for a season, and they did outplay the Knicks vastly in Game 2.
Still, things should be closer when the Knickerbockers are back home.
Moreover, Smith also claimed that RJ Barrett shouldn’t see the floor for the remainder of this series, citing that he’s just not built for this kind of game, at least not yet.
Barrett entered the league with high expectations but has failed to take that leap forward and become the superstar scouts thought he could be.
So, whether he’ll enter Tom Thibodeau’s dog house for the remainder of the series or not remains to be seen.NEXT: Fans React To Dominance Of Cavaliers Duo In Game 2 Win