Although the Cleveland Cavaliers got blown out by the New York Knicks on Monday, Cavs rookie Kevin Porter Jr. still got to experience a “dope” moment.
Porter started on Monday, marking the first time he started in an NBA game. The fact that it was at Madison Square Garden made the moment that much sweeter for Porter.
“Go into the game with the same mentality and same confidence,” Porter said about his approach, via Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “Definitely dope though, being that it’s Madison Square Garden. It’s dope.”
The Cavs lost to the Knicks by 18. Porter finished with 18 points and four rebounds in 31 minutes of action. With the loss, Cleveland dropped to 4-9 on the season.
In 12 games this season for the Cavs, Porter is averaging 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He’s shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 23.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Cavs aren’t expected to compete for a playoff spot this season. The development of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr. and Porter is what management is focusing on.
Porter was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft. He played his college ball at USC. So far, the Cavs have liked what they have seen from Porter.