On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost yet another game. They lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 119-110.
Cleveland was down by 22 points. By the end of the first half, it seemed like the Cavs were out of this game. However, the Cavs fought their way back in this game and only lost by nine. The end of this game kept me on edge. A win over the best team in the East would have been huge. But sadly, the Cavs made a few costly mistakes in the end.
In this game, the Cavs had several players in double figures. They had six players in double figures, and their rookie Darius Garland led the team with 21 points. So, it is safe to say that the Cavs played well.
Although the Cavs played well, it may be time for a change, and according to reports, that may happen. According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Cavs starting guard Collin Sexton will likely be demoted to the bench. Lloyd cited the pairing of Garland and Sexton as the reason.
“It seems inevitable now that Sexton will eventually be moved into a bench role, which could ultimately help both players thrive,” Lloyd wrote. “Somehow, despite Garland’s presence, Sexton’s usage rate has actually managed to increase from last year. Separating them and putting the ball in Garland’s hands more consistently will give the Cavs a better rhythm on offense while also allowing them a chance to succeed defensively. It will also free Sexton to do what he does best: attack.”
This season, Sexton averages 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. In his two seasons with the Cavaliers, Sexton has shown glimpses of being a valuable piece to their rebuild. His skills and his tenacity make him an excellent young player. While there are aspects he needs to improve at, the tools are there. Sexton is one-half of the Cavs starting backcourt, as he plays alongside Darius Garland.
The Cavs drafted Garland in hopes of creating a Damian Lillard/CJ McCollum like backcourt (as I have mentioned before). The duo of Garland and Sexton has shown promise, but it is a work in progress. Garland is a better playmaker than Sexton, but both players are effective with the ball in their hands. Whether it is Sexton driving to the basket for a layup or Garland pulling up for a three, both guards like the ball in their hands.
Should Sexton come off the bench? Personally, I think it is too early to say. Sexton’s competitiveness cannot be taught, and he brings it every game. While I think that benefits the starting lineup more, it may also help the bench (and ultimately the team). The best way for this to work would be dealing Jordan Clarkson, who also likes having the ball in his hands. So, before the Cavs do anything, they may want to consider that.
The Cavs had several talented young players on their roster, and they are still trying to find the right combination. While I am not fond of Sexton moving to the bench (yet), it may be what’s best. We will see in due time.
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