Cleveland Cavaliers poised to secure playoff spot without LeBron James: Latest victory against Brooklyn Nets puts them in strong position
The Cleveland Cavaliers are approaching their first playoffs appearance without LeBron James since 1998, when they last made it to the postseason. The team’s most recent playoff appearance was in 2018.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have secured their seventh victory in nine games, placing them in a strong position to secure a playoff spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The team currently holds fourth place in the standings, following a 115-109 home win against the Brooklyn Nets. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 31 points in the game.
The Cavaliers are set to make their playoff appearance after a hiatus since 2018, when they lost to the Golden State Warriors (4-0) in the NBA finals. It was also LeBron James’ final season in Cleveland. If they do qualify for the postseason this year, it would be the first time the franchise has made it without James since 1998.
The Cleveland Cavaliers clinched a decisive victory against the Brooklyn Nets. Despite a balanced first half, the Cavs took control in the third quarter with a 23-5 run, leading to a 24-point advantage. Although the Nets tried to narrow the gap in the final period, they were unable to fully recover. Caris LeVert contributed 18 points, with Darius Garland and Evan Mobley each scoring 17, while Jarrett Allen made a successful comeback after a four-game absence due to an eye injury, scoring 12 points and securing 14 rebounds.
In the meantime, during his 19 minutes on the court, Ricky Rubio scored eight points, made one assist, and completed one steal. On the other hand, the Nets, who have been unsuccessful in their previous four games, saw Day’Ron Sharpe and Spencer Dinwiddie achieving a double-double each. Sharpe had 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Dinwiddie managed 19 points and 11 assists.