Summer League Recap: Cleveland 82, Toronto 68 (or, Holland Threes & Cleveland Ds)

Thanks again to CLF for today’s recap. I’ve added a note on Colin Sexton.

After a close first half, the Cavs put on a dominant defensive performance in the third quarter to notch their fourth straight win, 82-68.  The Cavs struggled a little with their shooting, but made up for it with fantastic hustle and competitiveness.  The Cavs turned the game on its head with a 21-4 beatdown in the third quarter to essentially put the game away.  The only real flaw in this game was the Cavs inability to consistently break a full court press by Toronto in the fourthquarter… my guess is Coach James Posey has found a coaching point for future reference.  The Cavs dominated the glass (45-39), held the Raptors to very poor shooting (31%), and turned in 10 blocks as a team for the game.  There’s no question that part of the reason for the shooting struggles were due to the back-to-back games the Cavs have played.  What’s most impressive about the  victory is that the Cavs are proving how to win in different ways. Some days it’s defense, some days it’s offense. Here’s your player report:

Player of the game: John Holland

John Holland has struggled this summer to say the least.  I’d argue his low point was last game, where he chucked up the worst shot I’ve seen all summer, an extremely poorly thought-out three pointer in transition. But Holland decided to make up for his poor performances with a sorely needed 23 points (8-12 FGs, 4-7 3pt FGs), along with his omnipresent feisty defense. His energy and shotmaking were clutch.  He kept the Cavs from falling too far behind in the first half, and his hustle set the tone for the whole team in the second half. Kudos to him for bouncing back, keeping his confidence, and playing some great ball.

Bounceback performance: Collin Sexton

Sexton had a nice bounceback game today, with 18 points (6-14 FGs), six assists, three rebounds, and only three turnovers. He was more controlled in his aggression, and made some good passes today.  A couple that stood out were a fantastic dump off to Lee for a slam dunk early in the first half and a fantastic touch pass to Vlad Brodziansky in the second half. He also hit Holland and Billy Preston for open jumpers.  The next step in Sexton’s evolution I want to see is using his elite speed and above average wingspan to create turnovers on the defensive end. A guy with his length and speed should have a steal every game.

Nate’s Note: Sexton looked mentally fatigued at the end of this game, and made some bad decisions. Most notably, going isolation. Colin is not a good iso player in the half court. His “get by” move is basically using his straight line speed. While he has a decent first step, Colin’s lack of shimmy or ability to get his defender off balance with his average handle (for a point guard) makes it tough for him to do anything but back up and go straight line by his guy or drive the defender back and shoot a pull-up or a floater (which he does too often). He doesn’t even use a spin move either. Because defenders don’t respect his three ball, they can give him the space on the perimeter to negate his first step. Colin’s ability to finish from either side does ensure that defenders don’t overplay either hand, but he’s got to work on his get-by move.

Also, he’s getting himself trapped on drives. As Ben has noted, Sexton needs to work on “Nashing” the ball around the baseline and sneaking it up quickly, or leaving himself a pass to a cutter or shooter. Sexton overpenetraded and got stuck putting up a bad shot or turnover several times Sunday and it led to bad possessions for the Cavs. Against better teams, he’ll get eaten alive by giving up his dribble too early. Sexton also struggled against the press, and Scoochie Smith looked far more comfortable dribbing against it. Sexton has to work on his handle against pressure and realize his speed can’t get him out of every situation. When he did get to the cup, he finished nicely and with strength, but he still goes glass-less too much for my taste. He also jumps to pass far too often.

 

Bench report: Billy Preston and Scoochie Smith

Preston turned in a solid bench performance with 10 points (3-8 FGs) and nine rebounds.  His activity cleaning glass was fantastic today, building off of last game’s performance. His midrange jumper looked nice today.  One thing that will have to improve for Preston is his ability to finish around the rim. He doesn’t use his length and strength to finish through or around contact.  It makes Preston appear to play much smaller than he actually is. He also appears to be incapable of finishing with off-hand (left). Maybe he needs to get stronger, or he just needs to get comfortable.  Whatever the case, a guy with his length and athleticism, and natural talent for offensive basketball should be a better finisher around the rim.

Scoochie Smith turned in a solid bench performance as well, with 10 points (3-7 FGs, 2-4 3pt FGs), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.  Coach James Posey rewarded Smith for his play with a lot more minutes than usual. Smith rewarded Posey’s trust with a solid performance, especially on the defensive end. Smith also helped steady the offense against the press late.

Game-winning hustle performances: Okari White and Jamel Artis

White (10 rebounds, +19 plus/minus) and Artis  (8 rebounds, +22 plus/minus) really did a good job with their defensive activity and ability to clean glass.  I always have a soft spot for hustle and defense, these guys brought in spades. Artis also was a part of the “play of the game,” a press-breaker out of a timeout where he hit Sexton cutting from the right corner for a double clutch hoop and the harm.

The Cavs have now set up an anticipated matchup with the top seeded and undefeated L.A. Lakers’ summer squad.  There’s a chance that LeBron James will be courtside for this contest. Check it out tonight at 8:30 on ESPN2.

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Jason
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Jason
3 months 5 days ago

Well, I think Sexton will be challenging for an AS slot in 2-3 years, depending on if he develops a 3 ball. Irving, Simmons + Lowry/Walker/Sexton.

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 5 days ago

Sexton named to 1st team / summer league—way to go –young bull —we are all proud of you !!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 5 days ago

Nice! He’s going to be fun to watch. I hope he absorbs as much as he can from Korver, Frye, and Hill before they are off the team.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 5 days ago

Treveon Graham signs a two year deal with the Nets. Bummer.

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 5 days ago

posted early they should make perk a coach—-create another roster spot——cavs look like they are going with the “YOUTH MOVEMENT “—-I CAN SUPPORT THAT

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 5 days ago

Now it is time to consider blowing the whole thing up. https://t.co/wZNOvBpdo7

— McNeil (@Reflog_18) July 17, 2018

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 5 days ago

not taking anything away from –JOSH HART / going to be a good player / would look good in a cavs uniform—-but he is 23 +—-Collin only 19——that 4 yrs age difference is HUGE —-let’s see (hope ) what Collin looks like / performing when he turns 23

West coast cav
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West coast cav
3 months 5 days ago

Great point, Sexton won’t be playing in the summer league when he’s 23, he’ll be way past that, he has so much room to grow, both physically and in his skill set. He doesn’t even look like he shaves yet. He has all the physical characteristics and the smarts and passion to bloom into a fine nba player.

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 5 days ago

valid question——with T.T. LIMITED OFF SKILLS –( AND I AM BEING KIND )—-what kind of numbers do you think he would put up in summer league—-bet they wouldn’t compare to ANTE’S —-maybe not even PRESTON’S —-just saying

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 5 days ago

I’m sure TT would look like Godzilla out there on defense and on the boards….you’re talking about a man, and an NBA player. He’s always going to be dependent on others for scoring, though.

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 6 days ago

you are right nate about better options —I- (we )- sometimes get tunnel vision with our own players —-yes scan the horizon—-will be a lot of talented players looking for teams —-be ready to ‘latch ‘ them

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Cedi Mind Tricks
3 months 6 days ago

I agree with Ben. I thought at the time…he looks like a crazy person but didn’t contest the shot at all. I love the passion, up to the coaching staff to teach good habits and fundamentals. Probably not the person you want on ball in that situation because of his height.

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 6 days ago

i would bring back / offer PERK a coaching position —-mentor LEE / PRESTON / ANTE

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 6 days ago

probably saying this way too much ( and I like the guy )——HOLLAND —-but we aren’t going to compete for a championship next year—I would not bring HOLLAND back –go for youth make room for SCOOCHIE / LEE ———and yes if there is some way we can move T.T. / J.R to make room for more youth —–let’s do it !!——and yes I forgot about BONZIE –who could turn out to be a real ” sleeper/ find “

JRL
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JRL
3 months 6 days ago

I’m with you nomad. Holland doesn’t have the “it” factor.

Jason
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Jason
3 months 5 days ago

Me neither. But I would be shocked if he is not invited to camp.

Jason
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Jason
3 months 6 days ago

Sexton, Hill, Cedi, Love + Nance is not awful. Not great, but not awful.

Reserves: Clarkson, JR, Korver, Frye, TT, Zizic, Perk.

Two ways: Preston + 1.

RFA: Hood

Non-guaranteed: White.

That leaves 5 more for camp, baring a trade: Scootchie, Artis, Lee, Colson + Holland/Mathias.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 6 days ago

How long is Colson expected out? He’s one who intrigues me.

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 6 days ago

SEXTON DOING THE “HAKKI” DEFENSE ON HART —GREAT TO SEE THAT PASSION——LET’S GET DELLY BACK AND LET DELLY AND “THE YOUNG BULL ” TERRORIZE OPPONENTS

newnomad
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newnomad
3 months 6 days ago

WATCHED THE 2ND HALF (AND O.T.’S )—-SEXTON IS ONLY 19——TONS OF POTENTIAL / TIME TO GROW —-PHYSICALLY / SKILL WISE—–( WHEN HE DEVELOPS A CONSISTENT / OUTSIDE —3 PT SHOT —-LOOK OUT !!! )——HE HAS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MISSING HERE—PASSSION —-KILLER’S INSTINCT !!—–YES FOR THOSE REASONS –THE TEAM WILL BE FUN TO WATCH/PLAY / GROW TOGETHER ——-HEY LAKERS IF WE HAVE CEDI / ANTE PLAY WE WOULD BE PLAYING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP NOT YOU !!

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Ben Werth
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3 months 6 days ago

I feel like I’m taking crazy pills at times with this young man. Love the passion, but is no one going to mention that he allowed Hart to walk into a rhythm J? That was a pretty weak, retreating contest. Yeah, Hart missed it. I don’t think Collin’s Sumo affected that.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
3 months 6 days ago

Ben, bro just enjoy the ride. We don’t have to be cynical about every move our Cleveland teams make. Sexton will he good, it’s ok to cheer him on.

JMay
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3 months 6 days ago

You try getting into a rhythm trying to shoot in front of a dude doing that.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 6 days ago

I don’t really understand the hype about that one, either…I think he did more or less the right thing, because I have no doubt Hart drives past him and gets fouled if he gets up on him. Hart just missed. But I liked a lot of what Sexton did in SL. Has a ton to improve, like most 19 year olds, but I think he was pretty good.

That game was more fun to watch than at least half of the Cavs games last season. It’s fun to see guys going all out, whether for roster spots, or just as competitors.

Vintage
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Vintage
3 months 6 days ago

That double overtime loss in Summer League was more fun to watch than many of the Cavs’ regular season victories last year. Effort makes such a difference.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 6 days ago

I’m not making any claims about Sexton after one summer league except I’m pretty freaking sure he’s not going to be an Elfrid Payton…

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

LMAO…. or a “slightly better Ramon Sessions”

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago
CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

Chauncey Billups loves him some Collin Sexton.

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

That was a great game. So many players played well… Sexton took his game to another level tonight late… very impressive. Bench played well. 6 players in double figures.

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

OH MAN>>>> PRESTON ALMOST HAD IT!

Vintage
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Vintage
3 months 6 days ago

What a game

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

There should be better oversight on officiating. These officials are like rogue sheriffs that make up rules!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

HAHAHAHAHA PRESTON DOUBLE CLUTCH THREE!!!

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 6 days ago

Crazy game…shame about that bad call…

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

BLEEP THE LAKERS! BLEEP LEBRON!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

WOW>>> POSEY SHOULD’VE CHALLENGED… REFS SUCK!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Enjoy the Finals Lakers. It’s the only Finals you’ll see for awhile.

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

Scoochie got to the lane, but couldn’t finish.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
3 months 6 days ago

Terrible call!!!!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

THAT WAS A CHARGE!!!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

SCOOCHIE SMITH GREAT DEFENSE!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

That was a charge

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

WOW>>>> SECOND OT!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Double OT

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Josh Hart pinches himself in the face to ice Sexton!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

What the hell is with this icing?

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

Glad the crowd booed that crap!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

WOO SEXTON DRAWS THE FOUL!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Wow… make the FTs here!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

HERE WE GO….. FINAL POSSESSION TO WIN!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Don’t breath on Josh Hart!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

Dammit…> Sexton with a bad shot selection there… rookie mistake.

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

SEXTON WITH THE SAVE AND THE FLOATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A PLAY!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Wow…

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

ARTIS BEASTING FOR THE REBOUND!!!!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

SEXTON MIDRANGE MONEY!!!!!

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Is Jerry Stakehouse a Cavs asst coach now?

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 6 days ago

Young Bull!!!!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

Coach Posey coaching Sexton up…. love it!

CLF
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CLF
3 months 6 days ago

Holland with the aggression! Draws the foul

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