Cavs Notes: Pushing the pace, team growth and the Sacramento Kings

Cavaliers prepare for the NBA's fastest team

James Rapien
December 07, 2018 - 1:08 pm
Dec 3, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) goes in for the layup in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers host the Sacramento Kings tonight at 7:30. They’re looking to rebound after a 129-105 loss to Golden State.

The 12-11 Kings have played well to start the season and their pace is a big reason why. Sacramento leads the NBA in fast break points per game with 22.

“Sacramento is playing really fast,” Cedi Osman said today at shoot around. “They’re playing really fast and we’re going to have to control the tempo. We’re playing at home so of course we’re going to have to take some early shots if we’re wide open. Defensively we’re going to have to run back and matchup as fast as we can.”

At the start of the season the Cavaliers hoped to push the tempo with their athleticism, but it hasn’t happened consistently. Cleveland is averaging 10 fast break points per game, which is 26th in the NBA.

“I think we’re just trying to play with patience instead of push the ball right away because obviously sometimes we have trouble running back on defense,” Osman said.

This team has the youth and athleticism to push the pace. If they did, it might open things up for Collin Sexton, Rodney Hood and others. Head coach Larry Drew wants this team to attempt more threes. Pushing the pace might give them the ability to do that.

“Our team is really fast,” Osman said. “We have a lot of fast guys who can push the ball so that’s why I think our best weapon is to pick up the pace and play fast.”

The 5-19 Cavaliers are young, they are in the middle of a rebuild, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been improvement.

“I know we’re losing, but you can see that our game is getting better every day,” Osman said.

What has changed the most since the beginning of the season?

“I would say sharing the ball. Right now we’re playing better basketball and team basketball.”

Cavs Notes:

Tristan Thompson is nine rebounds away from passing John 'Hot Rod' Williams for fourth place on the Cavaliers' all-time list. Williams had 4,669 rebounds in his career. 

Speaking of Sexton, he was working on his three-point shot today. He finished 3-3 from long range on Wednesday against Golden State and shot 50 percent from the field.

Every fan in attendance tonight will get a cool miniature Destination Cleveland ‘Cleveland’ sign.

It’s my first week on the Cavaliers beat, so I haven’t been able to chat with Channing Frye yet, but I can’t wait to do so. Do you think he will call a travel if I take too many steps without dribbling?