The Cleveland Cavaliers began their defense of their first NBA title against the New York Knicks last night. After raising the first championship banner in Cleveland in 52 years, the Cavs would throttle the Knicks 117-88. LeBron James recorded the 43rd triple-double of his career finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. Coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, the Cavs enter 2016 as the team to beat in the NBA.
Despite the score, the Knicks have been projected by many to challenge the Cavaliers for the Eastern Conference crown. After an off-season that saw several big names change teams, the Knicks brought in former NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls. Second-year player Kristaps Porzingis is becoming a key player for the Knicks after his breakout rookie year. Carmelo Anthony may have the most complete team he has ever been on. Though their season started with a loss, the Knicks have the pieces in place to challenge the Cavs deep in the playoffs.