Ricky Rubio loses in his Cavs debut despite double-double

Ricky Rubio makes his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers with a double-double.

The Spanish base Ricky Rubio debuted on Wednesday night with his new team, Los Cleveland Cavaliers, with a double-double when scoring 12 points and 10 assists in a game in which the base of the Memphis Grizzlies, Ja Morant, who made 37 points. blond, who ended up playing 25 minutes after starting the game from the bench, calmed down the game for the young Cleveland team, providing more depth and movement of the ball in attack and a more coordinated defense.

But Morant, who in addition to being the game's leading scorer with 37 points provided six assists and two blocks, was unstoppable. The point guard made a triple of four attempts and the two free throws he made. In addition to Morant, the Grizzlies featured Desmond Bane, with 22 points, and De'Anthony Melton, with 20. Center Steven Adams had 14 rebounds.

In the Cavaliers, the leading scorer was center Jarret Allen, with 25 points, who also had four rebounds, one assist, three steals and three blocks. Power forward Evan Mobley, number three in this year's draft, left good impressions on his debut in the league. NBA. Mobley, 20 years old and 2.13 meters tall, scored 17 points and had nine rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block. Guard Collin Sexton also finished the game with 17 points.

The game, played at the FedExForum in Memphis before 15,975 spectators, it started with equality. While in the Grizzlies Morant concentrated the scoring tasks, in the Cleveland team the work was distributed in a more balanced way. When the first quarter ended, the scoreboard indicated a tie at 32-32. Morant had 12 of his team's points and Bane another nine. In the Cavaliers, Cedi Osman was the leading scorer with nine points from the three triples he had tried in the first 12 minutes. Allen and Sexton had another six points each and Rubio, five.

Rubio, who entered the court with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter after Garland suffered a stumble that caused ankle discomfort, made his quality clear from the first minutes. In three minutes, El Masnou's point guard scored a threw at middle distance, he unlocked the Grizzlies defense with assists and hit a triple. On defense, Rubio stole balls and threw his team on counterattack, giving the Cavs a speed they didn't have with Garland on the court.

But in the second quarter, the Grizzlies imposed their greatest experience on the youth of the Cavaliers. At the restart, Memphis scored five consecutive triples (two from Jaren Jackson and three from Melton) that Cleveland was unable to answer. Those five triples in just over three minutes weighed heavily on the Cavs, who would finish the second quarter 12 points behind the Grizzlies, 73-61.

After the break, the Cavaliers reacted. With better defense, Rubio's team only conceded 21 points in the third quarter while still being able to score 29 points. With a 94-90 on the scoreboard, the final 12 minutes began. But a pair of 3-pointers and several steals, again distanced the Grizzlies to 14 points. However, the Cavs, who had lost 16 points in the second quarter, began to close the gap. With 2.33 remaining, two triples in a row brought Cleveland closer to one point, 117-116.

It was in vain. Morant reappeared, first with a mid-range shot, then with an assist to Melton to cap off a 7-0 run with a triple. With an eight-point lead with 1 minute left in the game, the Grizzlies aborted the Cavs' rebellion attempt.


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