Playing in Cleveland without Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks are hanging tough with the Cavs thanks to rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

By Robby Sabo

72-72 is the shocking score between the below average New York Knicks and defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers after three quarters of play tonight.

It’s not just shocking because of the records, but because Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was unable to suit up due to a banged up ankle – which he hurt in the team’s last game against the Orlando Magic two nights ago.

The major reason tonight has gone so swimmingly in his absence has been due to the play of young Kristaps Porzingis.

Porzingis, 20, has already has 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor including a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown. He’s also collected nine tough rebounds on the night.

The teams are about ready to tip-off the fourth quarter. New York is looking to climb back to the .500 mark, yet again.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com