Max Strus isn’t really known for his hops, but he’ll show you that he has that from time to time. Take for example the monster one-handed jam he unleashed in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers, with the Cavs sharpshooter taking off and throwing one down hard.
Max Strus dropped the HAMMER on the Blazers 🔨
Donovan Mitchell couldn’t believe it 😅pic.twitter.com/8ObANSWWJp
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) November 16, 2023
Cavs superstar Donovan Mitchell, just like all the other Cleveland players, was left in a state of disbelief after Strus’ posterization of Blazers center Duop Reath, who was also called with a foul on that play.
So good was Strus’ dunk that Mitchell said it was one of the best he’s seen this season.
“Easily one of the best ones of the year. I didn’t think he was gonna go off one foot. You saw my reaction. I was in shock. He’s sneaky athletic, as they say”, Mitchell said of his Cavs teammate (h/t Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com).
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“That was crazy! That was like a big man dunk,” Mobley said after the game, per Serena Winters.
Strus finished the game with 14 points and shot just 1-for-7 from behind the arc. He is being mostly utilized as a floor-stretcher by the Cavs, but when his shots aren’t falling, he can contribute in other ways and find means to make a positive impact on the game — like putting someone on a poster.
Strus, who signed a four-year, $62.3 million deal with the Cavs in the last offseason, is averaging 14.3 points so far in the 2023-24 NBA campaign.