Cavs Rally Falls Short

July 19, 2012
by Joe Gabriele Managing Editor

The Cavaliers dropped their Thursday night meeting against Minnesota, but they turned in easily the most inspiring and entertaining quarters of Summer League so far.

Flat through three quarters and trailing the T-Wolves by 20, 61-41, a pair of former Big East adversaries – Samardo Samuels and Luke Harangody – keyed an 18-6 run to get Cleveland back in the ballgame. They cut Minnesota’s lead to six late in the fourth, but Derrick Williams’ late push propelled Minnesota to the 78-65 win.

Samuels finished with 14 points and five boards off the bench, with Harangody adding seven points and six boards in just 10 minutes of play. Tristan Thompson led the Wine and Gold with 16 points – netting 10 of those in the first period.

Dion Waiters – the Cavs’ top pick in this past June’s Draft – was given the night off after experiencing some soreness in his left knee following an awkward slip on a drive against Phoenix on Tuesday night.

Waiters’ rookie classmate, Tyler Zeller, struggled for the first time in Summer League – going just 1-for-7 from the floor for two points. But as he did against the Suns, the former Tar Heel led the Cavaliers in rebounding, snagging seven boards, including five off the offensive glass.

For the T-Wolves, Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s Draft, led both teams with 23 points. Coby Karl – former Cavalier Training Camp invitee and son of NBA head coach, George – followed up with 18 points, 15 of which he scored in the second quarter when he drilled five of the six three-pointers he attempted.

The Cavaliers, now 2-2 for the week, wrap up Summer League on Friday afternoon when they take on the Knicks.