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In the preseason opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, number one pick Anthony Bennett was all but spectacular, especially on the offensive end, going 2-12 from the field, including 3-8 from the line and 0-3 behind the arc. He did grab 10 boards and showed definite explosiveness, but his shot just looked like it lacked touch.
Bennett looked the exact opposite last night against the Orland Magic.
After starting the game 0-4 and having some questionable moments through most of the game, Bennett started to heat up with 5:39 left in the 4th after converting a nine-footer for his first field goal, which brought the Cavaliers even with Magic. He would then score 12 of the next 14 to lead the Cavaliers to their second preseason victory.
The game was highlighted by a matchup between last year’s first two picks, Anthony Bennett and Victor Oladipo. Oladipo led his team with 18 points in his 18 minutes of play, to go along with eight boards and three assists and a huge put-back jam that had the home crowd in Florida on their feet.
Its natural for a rookie to have nerves in his first preseason game, but Anthony Bennett knew he had to prove himself last night. He seemed to really take his shots in stride, rather than shooting out of rhythm as he seemed to in the preseason opener.
After drafting the 19-year old out of UNLV, we knew we were not getting a huge defensive threat, but his shooting touch, along with his athleticism, was supposed to be one of Bennett’s better traits. And while Bennett has been par on the defensive end in his first two games, last night’s performance showed just what Bennett brings to the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.
Anthony Bennett showed an array of mid-range jumpers and moves, which extended behind the arc and in the post, using his huge frame to bully defender.
Pure size may be Bennett’s best aspect. He uses his tangibles so well, and with that kind of jump-shot, Bennett can become a very dangerous combo-forward.
The Cavaliers are positioned for a great upcoming regular season, and if (when?) Andrew Bynum comes back, they will have a number of offensive threats. Dion Waiters had a decent performance in last night’s game as, scoring 21 in 25 minutes of action, shooting 62% from the field. His opening performance showed some old and new habits. Waiters shot selection was questionable in the opening game against Milwaukee, as it was in his first season, but his defense seemed to have improved dramatically with Mike Brown at the reigns. Last night Waiter’s had a very efficient shooting performance, another bright spot for the young Cleveland Cavalier’s core.
Bennett shines in second preseason game (Photo credit: David Richard-USA Today Sports).
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Tweet The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly caught the majority of the basketball-watching nation off-guard in the 2013 NBA Draft when they selected Anthony Bennett out of UNLV with the first-overall pick. Bennett has had his issues this summer recovering from shoulder surgery and with getting back in in shape. However, as the Cavs took on the...
The Cavaliers have announced second year center Tyler Zeller underwent an appendectomy Friday to treat his acute appendicitis.
“Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller was diagnosed with acute appendicitis yesterday in Cleveland and subsequently had an appendectomy at the Cleveland Clinic. He is now recovering at the Cleveland Clinic after the successful procedure and will undergo a...
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Anthony Bennett is a large human.
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Overall No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Dion Waiters had 21 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a 110-105 preseason victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Bennett, who missed his first five shots while picking up five fouls, hit his last six field goal attempts, including two 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving finished with...
Anthony Bennett takes a pass at the top of the key then without taking a dribble quickly spins to his left and faces away from the basket.
He spins back just as quickly squares his shoulders and shoots.
Bennett's Cavaliers teammates have exited the gym. It's just Bennett several coaches and the ball. He performs the drill repeatedly -- catch hold the ball spin face left...
Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller will be sidelined for an indefinite period after having his appendix removed.
The second-year forward had an appendectomy Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. The team said Saturday that Zeller is recovering in the hospital and no timetable has been set for his return.
It's been a tough start to the season for Zeller. He injured his hip last week after...
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller didn’t play for the Cavaliers Friday night and many thought it was because of a hip flexor.
Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer John Michael tweeted that Zeller had to have an emergency appendectomy on Friday to remove his appendix.
#Cavs Tyler Zeller was diagnosed w acute appendicitis yest & successfully had his appendix removed...
Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller missed the team's Friday game against the Pistons because of a strained hip.
But the team announced Saturday Zeller had an emergency appendectomy after he was diagnosed with an acute appendicitis.
He will undergo additional recovery and re-evaluation and will be given a timetable then. Typical recovery time for an appendectomy is roughly a month...
This is why Cleveland selected Anthony Bennett with the number one pick.
Bennett still isn’t in shape but that didn’t stop him from putting on a clinic in Orlando last night:
Imagine Anthony Bennett and Andrew Bynum as your frontcourt of the future.
One of the players that we expect to break out this upcoming season has to be Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters and earlier tonight against the Orlando Magic, he made a pretty acrobatic lay-up.
Watch as Waiters hangs in the air and somehow gets the lay-up to bounce in off the glass:
Dion Waiters image courtesy of Getty Images
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As far as matchups of the top two draft picks go, this wasn't like when the Orlando Magic had the good fortune two decades ago to land Shaquille O'Neal and watched him go head-to-head against Alonzo Mourning.
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