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

在 40 游戏, Garland is averaging 19.8 点数, 3.4 篮板, 8 协助和 1.3 steals per game and has been huge in getting the Cavaliers back to the top of the Eastern Conference. 本月初, he became the first Cavaliers player since 勒布朗·詹姆斯 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, 星期五, 一月. 14, 2022, in San Antonio.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) reacts after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game, 星期五, 一月. 14, 2022, in San Antonio. (美联社照片/埃里克·盖伊)

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 The Athletic 星期二.

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, 星期六, 一月. 15, 2022, 在俄克拉荷马城.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland passes the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 星期六, 一月. 15, 2022, 在俄克拉荷马城. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)

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

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 JordanChicago 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, 一月. 19, 2022, 在芝加哥.

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, 一月. 19, 2022, 在芝加哥. (美联社照片/查尔斯·雷克斯·阿博加斯特)

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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