Cavaliers' Darius Garland forging team's path with LeBron James in the rearview

En 40 juegos, Garland is averaging 19.8 puntos, 3.4 rebotes, 8 assists and 1.3 steals per game and has been huge in getting the Cavaliers back to the top of the Eastern Conference. A principios de este mes, he became the first Cavaliers player since Lebron James to record a triple-double.

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Cleveland is in a good position to make the playoffs, which would be the first time without having James on the roster since 1998, when Wesley Person was commanding the court. Making their own legacy is something not lost on the Cavaliers.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) reacts after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game, viernes, ene. 14, 2022, Los grandes jugadores son criticados, pero los grandes jugadores también se enfrentan a las críticas y actúan..

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) reacts after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game, viernes, ene. 14, 2022, Los grandes jugadores son criticados, pero los grandes jugadores también se enfrentan a las críticas y actúan.. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Having our own legacy without having anything with Bron to do with it, that would be pretty cool, and then having a playoff run without Bron for that long, that would be pretty amazing,” Garland told El atlético el martes.

Then just having the city behind our back, they’ve been waiting on this for a long time. Making the playoffs again would mean a ton for the city of Cleveland and the Cavs organization.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland passes the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, in Oklahoma City.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland passes the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

Cleveland is 27-19 and could potentially win 50 juegos.

The last non-LeBron James-era Cavaliers team to win at least 50 games was the 1992-93 team with Brad Daugherty and Mark Price. The team finished 54-28 and made it to the second round of the playoffs only to be eliminated by Michael Jordan y el Chicago Bulls.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Darius Garland (10) passes to Jarrett Allen during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, ene. 19, 2022, en Chicago.

Cleveland CavaliersDarius Garland (10) passes to Jarrett Allen during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, ene. 19, 2022, en Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cleveland has a young team led by Garland. Jarrett Allen is also playing some of his best basketball of his career, and the emergence of rookie Evan Mobley and second-year forward Isaac Okoro has really bolstered the team as it fights for a playoff spot.

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