Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen couldn’t be prouder of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the team secured its first playoff berth in the post-LeBron James era.
The last time the Cavs made it to the playoffs without LeBron was in 1998, back when James still wasn’t in the NBA. However, they finally put an end to that drought on Sunday after earning their 48th win of the season, a victory that guarantees them a Top 5 finish or better.
Following the win, Allen didn’t hide his delight about the milestone. The team came so close last campaign but failed in the Play-In. Now, they don’t need that to make the postseason.
“It feels good. All of our hard work over these past couple years finally paying off,” Allen said, via Cleveland.com.
As for Mobley, he shared sentiments similar to Allen. He also emphasized how special the milestone is, and how lucky he is to be part of a Cavs team with incredible chemistry.
“Not everyone gets that shot. Not everyone gets on teams and have camaraderie like we do, how we play together, everything. Just got to keep that going,” Mobley added.
Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen and the Cavs definitely have every reason to celebrate. They badly needed to get out of LeBron James’ shadow, and they did with their future looking really bright.
Of course as Donovan Mitchell said, the team shouldn’t forget their goal and be complacent, saying that they should still look to win and attempt to claim the no. 3 seed in the East. But for now, the rest of Cleveland can have fun and relish the moment.