The Cleveland Cavaliers have played most of the 2023-24 NBA season without their two key players, Evan Mobley and Darius Garland.
Despite missing important players, the Cavaliers refuse to allow opponents to get easy wins against them.
If anything, the Cavaliers have managed to attain an incredible record since Garland and Mobley have been sidelined.
However, the presence of Garland and Mobley in the starting lineup during the 2022-23 NBA season allowed the Cavaliers to be a much better offensive team, as revealed via Justin Rowan on Twitter.
Cavs offense since Mobley went out: 119.5 ORTG
Last year's starters of Garland, Mitchell, Okoro, Mobley and Allen: 121.6.
Mobley and Allen typically play 16-18 min together. Meaning you'll have 30+ min of 4 out ball. Starters should be more dynamic too with Max in for Okoro.
— Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) January 24, 2024
Rowan pointed out that the Cavaliers have a 119.5 offensive rating since Mobley has been sidelined this season.
On the other hand, when the Cavaliers had the starting lineup of Garland, Donovan Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, Mobley, and Jarrett Allen last season, they had an offensive rating of 121.6.
It’s obvious that the Cavaliers were better offensively with Mobley and Garland on the roster.
With the two stars all set to return soon from their injuries, the Cavaliers could become an even better team this season.
A crucial reason behind it is the fact that Max Strus could replace Okoro in the starting lineup when Mobley and Allen return to the team.
The Cavaliers are currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 26-15 record.