The New York Knicks were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of their Round 1 encounter by a final score of 107-90, tying the series after the first two games.

In this game, the Cavaliers stated that they needed to strike first, and they did. Early in the game, the Knicks' situation was dire, and it never improved.

This past Saturday, the Knicks were able to win Game 1 on the road thanks to outstanding performances from Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle as well as a much-needed boost from Josh Hart off the bench.

If they wanted to try and end this series with Cleveland leading 2-0, they needed to once again concentrate on rebounding and their bench. 

 The Cavaliers repeatedly stated in press conferences following Game 1 that they lacked the intensity on that side of the ball compared to New York, so it would be interesting to see how physically they started this one up.

On the other end of the floor, Isaac Okoro made a mistake that led to the first basket, which was a jump shot by Brunson. Donovan Mitchell immediately answered back.

Both offenses were certainly just trying to get comfortable for the opening couple minutes of the quarter. However, Brunson and Randle appeared aggressive right away

attempting to score and make drives against a strong Cleveland frontcourt. Evan Mobley was battling to hold him once more, so Randle was extra eager to get moving quickly.

After the Knicks began to double Mitchell more frequently and push the ball out of his hands around the midway point of the quarter, Darius Garland began to heat up from behind the arc. 

- Dalai Lama