Summer League Recap: Los Angeles 112 Cleveland 109 (or, A Day Late & a Bucket Short)

Thanks one last time to CLF for his summer league recaps.

Cavs put on a gutsy performance tonight, falling just short in a double overtime thriller against the Lakers, 112-109.  This was an absolutely riveting game from start to finish.  Both teams competed extremely hard, and from very early on everyone could tell it was coming down to the wire.  Here’s your final player report for the summer!

Player of the game: Collin Sexton

My oh my… Sexton put on a show tonight! It makes a statement when Collin Sexton was THE trending topic on Twitter arising from this game.  He was not without flaws, there were five turnovers and a missed free throw that would’ve put the Cavs into position to win the game, but there was absolutely growth for Sexton in this game. He wasn’t having the best game but was able to bust out, and Sexton took it to another level when it mattered most.  The main takeaway for me was that he could be a “go to” guy on a team.

Sexton scored a team-high 27 points (9-22 FGs, 1-3 3pt FGs), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.  But the numbers aren’t the most impressive thing, it was how Sexton came up big in the most pressurized moments.  He had a run of baskets in the 4th quarter to keep the Cavs in the game, including the game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.  He made a spectacular play where he saved the Cavs from an over-and-back violation, then took a pass from Scoochie Smith, then scored a huge floater over size.  He took on the challenge of guarding Josh Hart, the best player on the court for the Lakers in crunch time.  Sexton wasn’t afraid of the moment… he relished the pressure.  Hart even paid Sexton respect during Hart’s post-game comments, saying, “He’s got guts.”  The passion with which Sexton plays the game really makes a difference, and now I can see why the Cavs fell in love with that aspect of his game.

Bench report: Scoochie Smith, Billy Preston, Vlad Brodziansky

Scoochie had a solid game with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal with a +8 plus/minus. Coach James Posey rode him again with 27 minutes, utilizing Sexton and Smith in tandem in crunch time. Smith really stabilized the game in the 1st half with some “veteran” savvy. He struggled a bit with his shooting down the stretch, which could easily be attributed to the fatigue that comes with three games in three nights, not to mention double overtime tonight.  All in all, Smith showed improvement over the summer, and I hope he continues to build on his success in the summer.

Billy Preston turned in a decent game, with 10 points (4-10 FGs, 2-3 3pt FGs), 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 assist. I look forward to seeing how Preston develops, because there is definitely talent there to work with. He’s got a nice jumper, great handles for a big man, and nice length and athleticism.

Vlad Brodziansky, a rookie from TCU (Go Horned Frogs!!!), turned in his best performance of the summer with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block along with a +4 plus/minus. He played solid defense and has a knack for nice finishes on the offensive end around the rim. Coach Posey rode with him instead of Marcus Lee down the stretch presumably because he’s a bit more of an offensive threat in pick and roll situations. It’s always nice to see guys step up when their number’s called.


Finishing the summer strongly: John Holland and Jamel Artis

Holland built off of last game’s performance with 17 points (5-10 FGs, 3-7 3pt FGs), 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.  You have to love how Holland plays defense like a madman and has absolutely no fear shooting the ball.  I have to give him credit, he really turned his summer around the past two games.

Artis got a really long look as the summer went along, culminating in tonight’s 38-minute performance. He was solid with 17 points (6-11 FGs), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. He struggled a bit with turnovers (three) and his defense could use work as his Laker counterparts Svi Mykhailiuk and Josh Hart absolutely went off tonight on offense.  He’s another guy who showed improvement as the games went along, and I hope he’s able to work on his game in Canton or elsewhere.


Hustle performance of the night: Okari White


White hustled out there with 5 points (1-2 FGs, 1-1 3pt FGs), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and a +8 plus/minus in only 18 minutes.  Great to see him make a comeback from injury… I hope he continues his progress.

Well that’s it for the summer… Coach Posey and the team should be proud of their accomplishments… Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic looked ready to go from the start, and Collin Sexton proved to be one of the best of a very deep rookie class.  The steady improvement of the players was remarkable and tribute to the coaching staff and players’ hard work.  Shout out to Nate and the CtB gang for making this an enjoyable ride for the summer… it’s a privilege to serve you all. Go Cavs!

 

In Other DNP/CD Related News: Kendrick Perkins Released

The Cavs waived Kendrick Perkins today, thus likely ending the Angry Smurf Era in Cleveland.

(Photos by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
3 months 4 days ago

svi!! ah yes, another sweet 2nd rounder who seems to have some magic in his shot.. does he go on to light up the cavs on x-mas? probably so..

Gordon
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Gordon
3 months 5 days ago

It will be interesting to see what the best franchise in the NBA over the past 15-20 years does after they are spurned by a superstar player. At the end of the day, you need superstars to win championships in the NBA. I can’t see Popovich sticking around for a full on rebuild, and DeRozan/Aldridge means the Spurs are battling for the 8 seed out west. Doesn’t sound ideal to me.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 4 days ago

I think it came out recently that Pop planned to retire in the next year or two. I still think the Spurs will continue to be a playoff contender in the West, but will need to draft/develop some new players into stars in the coming years, and I fully expect them to.

JMay
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3 months 5 days ago

New piece on Rodney Hood is up.

Nate Smith
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3 months 5 days ago

Kawhi to the Raptors: one of those rare trades that makes no sense for either team.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 5 days ago

It makes some sense, if you look into the franchise’s respective desires. Spurs needed an offensive player badly, and apparently were not going to deal with the Lakers unless they cleaned them out. Why would they? No way I let the Lakers low ball me when they would have a legit shot at the title this year with Kawhi? Also, not sure what the terms of the deal are yet…

Raptors are right on the edge of running it back, or rebuilding. If Kawhi is back and healthy they have a legit shot at the finals, maybe a title. If not and he walks, they rebuild, and they already have some young talent.

I feel bad for Derozan, who seems like a decent guy, and who has been the face of their franchise. I give less than a fart about Kawhi’s moron uncle.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 4 days ago

Also, Toronto could still move Kawhi during the season (or before the season) if they want…if KL proves that he’s healthy, maybe the Lakers start making real offers. One reason for getting protection on that pick. (also in case KL gets re-injured, or ‘re-injured’, during the season) I hope that doesn’t happen though, because screw the Lakers.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 5 days ago

Yeah I agree with Gordon here. This is a win for Toronto. They were going nowhere with DeRozan. Now we will see if Leonard will turn down a 5-year max to play in LA next season.

Gordon
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Gordon
3 months 5 days ago
I think it makes a LOT of sense for Toronto. Blowing that team up was inevitable. Instead of trading those players for picks/pieces right now, they are swinging for the fences by trading for Kawhi. Here are the various scenarios that I think could play out: 1. Worst case: they make a run at winning the East this year with Kawhi and Lowry and fail, getting knocked out before the Finals. Kawhi walks in free agency and they ship out Lowry in hopes of acquiring solid pieces to use while tanking/rebuilding. [UPSIDE: Finals appearance and/or Kawhi signs; DOWNSIDE: in long-term rebuild, you’re left with Danny Green the net asset from DeRozan to use in rebuild vs. what you would have received for DeRozan in a non-Kawhi trade] 2. Best case scenario, they win the East with Kawhi and he signs a deal with them long term (unlikely, but not out of the realm of possibility). [UPSIDE: top 5 player signs long term, NBA Finals appearance; DOWNSIDE: if he doesn’t sign, see downside of scenario 1] 3. They realize they are not going to make it far in the East, even with Kawhi, and they ship him out to the Lakers,… Read more »
Gordon
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3 months 5 days ago

Also, from a fan of the NBA perspective, I simply like that Toronto is swinging for the fences here. Assuming Kawhi walks, at least they have a chance of winning the East this year, which they wouldn’t have if they stuck with DeRozan. If a team blow up/rebuild is inevitable, why not swing for the fences before doing so? Teams know that DeRozan is not a guy you can build a championship team around. He’s a player that thrives in the midrange, and in today’s NBA, that’s simply not a super efficient player. If you’re trading him to a contender at the deadline, you aren’t going to get a crazy haul for him anyways.

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 5 days ago

Yeah I can root for Toronto more than any of the other contenders.

Blip
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Blip
3 months 5 days ago

Also, this move potentially weakens the East even further. If Kawhi bolts to LA next year, then the Raps, one a few solid teams in the EC sink. Also, less all-star in the East. Maybe the Raps are OK with sinking/tanking.

Raoul
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Raoul
3 months 5 days ago

Go Cavs!!!

Jason
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Jason
3 months 5 days ago

Why are comments disappearing?

Nate Smith
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3 months 5 days ago

It was a caching issue. Should be fixed. Apologies

Jason
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Jason
3 months 4 days ago

Cool. I changed some settings. Thought it might have been me.

JMay
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3 months 5 days ago

Depends on what was in the comment. I see the one below about making Perk a coach. It’s possible a word is getting flagged by the comment monster.

Jason
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Jason
3 months 5 days ago

Make Perk a coach.

Then there were 11: Sexton, Hill, Osman, Love, Nance + Clarkson, JR, Korver, Frye, TT, Zizic.

White is non-guaranteed but should at least get a camp invite. Preston has 1 of 2 two way deals. I assume Hood will be back at the moment.

As far as campers go, room for 6. We have 2 open roster spots (or 4 if White is waived and Hood leaves) and a two-way spot. While we should scour the league for guys to sign, But here is my top 6 from the guys we had in summer:
1) Scootchie Smith (need another PG)
2) Artis (need some Fs)
3) Holland
4) Lee
5) Colson (too good in college)
6) ???????

Slammin Sam
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3 months 5 days ago
Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 5 days ago

Wow. Good for Toronto! They can challenge the Celtics now, if Leonard is healthy. I hope Leonard stays with Toronto.

JMay
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3 months 5 days ago

Fun being out of the pressure…

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JMay
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3 months 5 days ago

Arch Stanton
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Arch Stanton
3 months 5 days ago

Some of the comments on this are pretty funny… “In conclusion I got played” 😂

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scotch
3 months 5 days ago

Summer league was legitimately interesting as a cavs fan until I remember our coach is Tye Lue. i am praying that lebron had more to do with Lue’s lineup mishaps than Lue did…and I could conceive of a situation where Lebron made some of the more questionable veteran laden lineup decisions over our clearly more talented young guys.

Here is what is nuts…Lue has an opportunity to give Love an entirely new career arc. We have the young guys in place to make Love a focal point of an ACTUALLY dynamic offense. We have the bigs…we have the guards, and we have the chance to add wings in addition to Cedi and Korver to make the playoffs in year one. There are lineups within our current roster (which kinda sucks or is weird) that advanced stats say should destroy teams.

Do I think we will make the playoffs? Kinda, yeah. Unless Love wants out. Do I think we have the right coach for developing our young core?…good god I hope so. Cuz he will be around regardless.

MikeO
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3 months 5 days ago

San Antonio and Toronto are engaged in serious talks on a trade centered on Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, league sources tell Yahoo.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 18, 2018

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
3 months 5 days ago

This would be awesome. Keeps Lawhi out of LA and Boston. Toronto would be one of the few teams with a shot at the finals that I could pull for.

JMay
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3 months 5 days ago

Woke up to this. Exciting trade. Wouldn’t mind seeing Kawhi in Toronto one bit. It seems like neither DeRozan or Leonard are excited about the move. Let me go grab my popcorn!

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 5 days ago

I thought Sexton had an impressive, if flawed, game. Everything you say above is so true – you don’t often see this kind of gutty play from a 19 year old. I noticed that Laker fans online were lauding his play in this game. Yeah, Hart was better…he’s also an NBA vet, and several years older.

I hope Sexton can reach his ceiling, whatever it may be. He’s the kind of guy who can carry a team if he gets there. He’s probably the kind of guy who puts up good stats on a losing team if he never gets there.

This was such a fun game to watch – both squads were going at it hard. Probably one of the best games in summer league history. The crowd (mostly Laker fans I’m sure) were pretty in to it.

CLF
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CLF
3 months 5 days ago

You bring up a good point… seems like there’s a lot of love for Sexton from non-Cavs NBA fans… twitter was on fire last night about Sexton.

I want to say his floor is Dennis Schroder or Jeff Teague right now. I think what can put him on another level is his elite speed and competitive desire. What’s kind of funny to me is that Sexton put up identical numbers in summer league compared to his year at Alabama. I really want to see Sexton with better players… he had some chemistry with Cedi, but obviously Cedi only played 2 games or so. What happens when he’s running PnRs with KLOVE and surrounded by real shooters like Korver?

It was a great game… honestly a pretty high level of basketball out there considering the circumstances, obviously a few more bad shots than a normal NBA game but relatively good shooting stats and not a lot of turnovers. I really think Sexton could ride the wave like Mitchell, Ball, Tatum, or Kuzma did last year. If he can hit something like 12-3-3… that’ll be a fantastic rookie year.

MikeO
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MikeO
3 months 5 days ago

I agree that it’s hard to imagine him having a floor lower than Schroeder or Teague…I like him right now better than either of those guys (I mean as an asset, those guys are both NBA players, obviously). If I could give him any useless advice right now it would be work on everything, but really, really, really work on that three point shot.

Jason
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Jason
3 months 5 days ago

Teague made an all-star team and was the PG on a team than won 60 games.

Sexton has more fire in the belly and desire to play D than those guys. And a harder worker & better student.

After Irving & Simmons, he will challenge for eastern spot in the ASG at PG soon as Lowry declines.

Slammin Sam
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Slammin Sam
3 months 5 days ago

That 3 point shooting will decide everything. If he can be even slightly above average behind the arc he’ll be an above average player.

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