Found April 23, 2012 on
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A few random observations following the Cavaliers 114-98 loss in San Antonio on Sunday:
Donald Sloan is proving to be a pretty decent pickup when it comes to backing up starting point guard Kyrie Irving. Sloan seems to understand when to push things and when to set up the half-court offense, never forcing the tempo.
When it comes to the long term, Sloan is probably a better fit for the Cavs than the recently departed Lester Hudson (signed with the Grizzlies, whom the Cavs visit Monday). Sloan fills a need, meaning the Cavs may not have to look for a point guard in the draft or free agency. Even with Hudson, they would have needed at least one more shooting guard entering 2012-13.
Its true that Sloan didnt get an assist in 19 minutes vs. the Spurs. But that wasnt entirely his fault, as some open shots were missed off his passes. Plus, lets not kid ourselves: Opposing statisticians can be less-than-generous with things like assists and rebounds when scoring a visiting team.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Cavaliers announced this afternoon that they have signed guard/forward D.J. Kennedy to fill the roster spot vacated by the departure of guard Lester Hudson following his two 10-day contracts. Kennedy, 22, played this season for the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League, averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in over 37 minutes per contest. The 6’6″ Kennedy played...
With approximately eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter on a Monday night in Memphis, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving cheered as his teammate Samardo Samuels dropped in a finger roll, bringing their team within one point of a back-and-forth contest against an opponent many feel could challenge for the Western Conference finals. Like clockwork, he then began to affix his body...
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