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Darius Garland staying confident despite rookie growing pains: ‘I know I’m going to be back where I was before'
Author: Chris Fedor
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- It’s a quarter of the way through his rookie season and Cleveland Cavaliers 19-year-old point guard Darius Garland still doesn’t yet feel like his old self.
That’s what the unfriendly advanced metrics show as well. The teenager who played just four full games of college basketball before suffering a season-ending knee injury continues to shake off the rust and work his way back into playing shape. His re-acclimation into the game he loves, his adjustment to NBA life, has been a slow process. But he -- and those within the organization -- aren’t fretting. Not this early.
“It’s something different,” Garland said following Thursday’s practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I know it takes a lot of guys like different times to get used to the league, so I’m just going through that right now. I’m not saying I’m playing terrible, but I have high expectations for myself and so does the coaching staff. So, they are just waiting for me to turn the leaf.” - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler displays his basketball IQ in first G League rehab game in Canton
Author: Cameron Fields
CANTON, Ohio – Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler has been praised for his basketball IQ since he was drafted by the Cavaliers in the first round last June. But a training camp stress reaction in his left leg has so far prevented him from showing those traits on the court.
On Thursday, Windler had his first G League rehab assignment with the Canton Charge. He showed how the best attributes of his game could help the Cavs on both ends of the floor in the Charge’s 116-109 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Windler, a wing from Belmont, came off the bench and played 17 minutes, scoring eight points on 50% shooting from field. He finished with four turnovers and shot 25% from the 3-point line. He also grabbed four rebounds. - CLICK HERE to read full story.
As struggling Cavaliers reach first-quarter mark, coach John Beilein undaunted by disappointment: ‘I’m not flinching’
Author: Marla Ridenour
CLEVELAND — John Beilein wore a blue tie Tuesday night, but was almost oblivious to the fact that Michigan, the team he coached for the previous 12 seasons, was taking on No. 1 Louisville.
“I didn’t even know ... I know they’re playing,” Beilein said. “It’s very hard for me. I love those kids so much. I’ve got to concentrate on what’s really important now and follow them from afar.”
Making the leap to the NBA at age 66 after 41 seasons as a college coach, Beilein has plenty to disrupt that concentration. His Cavaliers (5-15) were about to fall to the Detroit Pistons at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, suffering their fourth consecutive defeat and 10th in their last 11 games. - CLICK HERE to read full story.
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