Knicks Top Under-The-Radar Matchups Of 2013-14

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at Cleveland Cavaliers (12/10)


Cleveland could be young and exciting this year, maybe even a playoff team if they can be relatively lucky with health. It would be about time for both.

The Cavs were bad enough again to land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft (UNLV forward Anthony Bennett) -- the third straight year they had at least one pick in the top four. With 12 total picks over that time, pressure is mounting to show some results.

They played the Knicks tough in three matchups last season, but injuries limited franchise point guard Kyrie Irving to only 59 games in his sophomore year. Now Bennett (who didn't play in Summer League because of a shoulder injury) and free agent signing Andrew Bynum (who missed all of last year with knee problems) join the effort to escape the lottery for the first time since LeBron James left for Miami. 

Even if Bynum remains sidelined, Anderson Varejao's return means that it's time to perform. That applies to recent draftees Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller, as well.