Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell indicated he’s well aware that the first-round series with the Knicks is about to get considerably tougher.
After all, the next two games are in New York, where fans can be loud, proud and just generally rambunctious.
“We have to continue to replicate what we’ve been doing, especially when we go over to New York ’cause it’s going to be crazy,” Mitchell told reporters. “It’s going to be loud. It’s going to be nobody cheering for us. So we’ve got to understand that it’s going to be war.”
As it stands, the series is tied at 1-all, with Game 3 set to tip off Friday at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC.
As an aside, the Knicks were far from dominant at home — and actually finished one game worse at Madison Square Garden (23-18) than they did on the road (24-17). But none of that really matters to the Cavs, or probably the Knicks.
“Nobody in New York likes us right now, so it’s all on us,” said point guard Darius Garland, who is coming off a 32-point eruption. “We have to be bought in, and we have to be together.
“We’re built for it. We’ve been battling with adversity all year. This team is ready for a challenge.”