The Cleveland Cavaliers are amid a solid 2023-24 season showing despite heavy injury woes. The Cavs are 28-16 and sit fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. Evan Mobley had a solid return to action against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thus, JB Bickerstaff and Jarrett Allen sang the young big’s praises.

The Cavs are happy to get Evan Mobley’s services back

Mobley put up 10 points and nine rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 118-108 victory over the Clippers. It was his first time on the court since Dec. 6th, and he did not disappoint. JB Bickerstaff discussed Mobley’s return in a post-game press conference:

“You know obviously [he had] a little of bit of rust. He had some turnovers that he typically doesn’t make. But I thought he did a really good job defensively. Offensively, he found his spots…All in all, in all the team stuff we asked him to do, I thought he did great,” Bickerstaff said, per Spencer German.

Likewise, Jarrett Allen praised Mobley and was happy to have him back on the court.

“It’s so good having Evan back,” Allen told Bally Sports Cleveland. He detailed some of Mobley’s impressive rebounding and put-back plays before expressing the area the Cavs missed him most in:

“In the paint, just [everywhere] on the court. His presence and his energy is what we needed,” Allen said.

Allen’s praises come amid a breakout of his own. The 25-year-old has notched 15 straight double-doubles and has been vital to Cleveland on both sides of the ball. With Evan Mobley back, the Cavs’ interior presence looks to be even more unstoppable.