Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/8/12
CLEVELAND -- If youre looking for an X-factor on the Cavaliers this season, a guy who could emerge out of nowhere and become a vital player on a potential playoff team, you may want to check out Samardo Samuels.At least, thats been the book on Samuels since the summer.He showed up for NBA summer play in Las Vegas looking like a million bucks. He was slim, trim and full of muscle. On the court, he forced nothing, staying patient and focused, playing within himself and cutting way down on the mental errors.These are all new notions when youre talking about Samuels.He spent his first two seasons, both with the Cavs, riding an up-and-down (usually down) wave of inconsistency. He looked out of shape. He rarely passed out of double-teams or at all. The talent was there, no doubt. But everyone wondered whether Samuels would ever get it.Today, while still early in the preseason, it appears Samuels has a pretty good grasp of the pro game. Hes figured out a way to stay determined and active ...
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