No one except for Cavs fans with the rosiest of glasses saw this past season coming, a doubling of the team’s win total from the year before. Included in that massive surprise were a series of smaller surprises, from how dominant Evan Mobley was as a rookie defender to how the Cleveland Cavaliers started three 7-footers from day one.
I’m not going to say that Lauri Markkanen necessarily knocked it out of the park as a sign-and-trade acquisition for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season from the Chicago Bulls. After arriving from Chicago last offseason, Markkanen started slow for the most part, and then missed time in November because...
Last summer the Cleveland Cavaliers were committed to stocking the frontcourt with young talent, and adding veteran help to a backcourt that had some young, high-end scoring talent already in place. The Cavs re-signed Jarrett Allen, drafted Evan Mobley and traded for Ricky Rubio. They looked to be mostly done at that point.
It was a fun season as a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. No, the team didn’t end up making the postseason, as they lost two play-in games to the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks, but they did do better than anybody would’ve realistically anticipated. The Cavaliers stumbled post-All-Star break, which...
This 2021-22 season was one where there were ups and downs for Lauri Markkanen. It was his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, after he was acquired via sign-and-trade last offseason from the Chicago Bulls. That deal was for four years and $67.5 million, with that only guaranteed for $6 million in the last season of the contract.
Markkanen recorded 26 points (10-17 FG, 6-12 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and one block in Friday's 107-101 loss to Atlanta. Cleveland fell just short of advancing to the playoffs, even though Markkanen drained six three-pointers and nearly posted a double-double. The Arizona product averaged 14.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from deep this season.
The Cavaliers continue to spiral despite big games from Darius Garland and Lauri Markkanen. The worst part of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets is the fact that the Cavs actually wrecked Kyrie Irving all came long. Sadly, it wasn’t enough as the young core fell apart in the fourth quarter, where the team got dog-walked to the tune of 35-19. The Cavs have fallen off since the injury to Jarrett Allen, and are just 2-8 in their last 10. The Cavs wasted a 31 point performance from Garland and some fine sharp-shooting output from Lauri Markkanen.
Markkanen closed Sunday's 133-115 win over Milwaukee with 23 points (8-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Markkanen inflicted swift damage in only 21 minutes. His total was bolstered with four three-pointers and a superb rebounding total, a category where the Cavs dominated against a depleted /Milwaukee roster.
From my perspective, and I’d imagine many Cleveland Cavaliers fans’, it’s fair to say that Lauri Markkanen has had some peaks and valleys over the course of this season. That was often how it was for him in his first four seasons with the Chicago Bulls, too.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Lauri Markkanen can’t pull the rabbit out of the hat. Welp,*throws hands in the air violently* that was a game! The Cleveland Cavaliers are just, Tom Petty-ing the end of the season. Free falling. They’re free-falling folks. Gotta keep up, I’m in rare form today. Despite great outings from Lauri Markkanen and Darius Garland, the Cavs were unable to get anything done against the Orlando Magic.
The Cleveland Cavaliers saw Lauri Markaknen and Darius Garland step up in a big way against the Magic. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a winning season without LeBron James for the first time since 1998 when Shawn Kemp was the team’s de facto star. This team around, the Cavs got a lot of help from centerpiece Darius Garland, and Lauri Markkanen, who’s exploded in recent weeks since coming back from the All-Star break.
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Markkanen contributed 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one block across 33 minutes during Wednesday's 120-112 loss to Dallas. Although he scored in double figures for a fifth straight game, Markkanen continued to struggle from three. Dating back to March 19, the forward is shooting just 28.6 percent from distance, which is well below his season average of 34.7 percent. Markkanen, though, is still averaging 17.0 points across his past five matchups.
Lauri Markkanen can’t stop the Raptors in recent Cleveland Cavaliers loss. The Cleveland Cavaliers are spiraling a bit. Sure they’re 5-5 in their last 10 and that’s not bad, especially after the last few years of basketball, but the team is trying to stay out of the play-in tournament and that is fast becoming a problem. They’re fending off the Toronto Raptors, whom they just lost to despite Lauri Markkanen’s nice performance.
Markkanen closed with 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal across 36 minutes during Thursday's 117-104 loss to the Raptors. The fifth-year forward led the Cavaliers in scoring on the night as they lost to the Raptors for the first time this season. Markkanen continued a productive run that has seen him average 18.3 points, 6.9 boards, 2.8 threes, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals over the last 10 games despite sitting out one contest during that stretch due to a minor ankle issue.
Lauri Markkanen helped the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Nikola Jokic led Nuggets. Friday night saw a crazy intense battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and potential MVP-front-runner Nikola Jokic. While Jokic’s big game wasn’t a surprise in the least, it wasn’t Darius Garland or Evan Mobley that showed up the most against the Nuggets but fifth-year big-man Lauri Markkanen.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have slid down the Eastern Conference standings but they are not wavering. With Jarrett Allen still sidelined indefinitely, the rest of the Cavs are stepping up. Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen each recorded a 25-point double-double in the Cavs’ win over Nikola Jokic and...
Forward Lauri Markkanen saved his best game as a member of the Cavaliers for when it was needed most – for now – playing a significant role in a 119-116 win over the Denver Nuggets Friday night at Rocket Mortgage Field House. The Cavs came into the game...
Lauri Markkanen and Evan Mobley were ready to go home — and with a win. Markkanen hit the go-ahead three in overtime, and Mobley scored the game-winning bucket to lead the Cavs to a 119-116 win over the Nuggets on Friday night. Markkanen finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds while Mobley had 27 points and 11 boards.
Markkanen finished with 31 points (11-18 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals in 42 minutes during Friday's 119-116 overtime victory over the Nuggets. Markkanen connected on six three-pointers for just the second time during the campaign en route to a season-high 31 points. The...