Ricky Rubio’s complicated debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, and it could be a preview of what awaits him this season. The Ohioans suffered a bulky loss to the Chicago Bulls 95-131.
The Catalan base started as a reserve to reap 10 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, although with a 3/10 in field goals. Likewise, Lauri Markkanen played his first minutes precisely against his former team with 13 goals; and Cleveland’s two new twin towers Jarrett Allen and rookie Evan Mobley had 8 and 10 points respectively.
In the local team the most outstanding was Zach LaVine, who completed a notorious offensive performance with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals with a 9/14 shooting from the field.
For their part, the great signings of the summer, DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball, also left good feelings with 13 points for the veteran shooting guard; and with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for the UCLA-trained point guard.
In addition, Alex Caruso completed a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) in just 20 minutes on the floor; and another rookie like Troy Brown Jr. contributed 13 points.
Billy Donovan’s new project showed the offensive potential they treasure, and the depth of their squad. At three quarters of the game they added 113 points, bordering 50% on field goals and triples; and up to seven players contributed double-digit scorers.
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