Cavs Notes: Clarkson's consistency and Sexton's development

James Rapien
March 11, 2019 - 11:46 am
Dec 1, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) shoots over the defense of Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers have improved in recent weeks and they believe there's plenty to play for despite a 16-50 record. 

"We just got to continue to compete and grow as a group," Jordan Clarkson said. "We got a lot of young guys still. With Kevin (Love) back, we're kind of getting a feel for how it is with him on the court and with him as our leader. It gives us more time to grow and improve and get ready for next year."

The Cavaliers are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have been a competent team since Kevin Love returned to the lineup last month. Clarkson has been the most consistent player on the team this season. He's averaging 17 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists-per-game off the bench this season. He's played in 65-of-66 games and scored at least 10 points in 57 of them.

"I just try to do my job – just come in the game and be a spark off the bench," Clarkson said. "I'm definitely confident in what I'm doing. I've been coming off the bench for three years now. I'm kind of falling into that role as a bench scorer."

"Last year I think people misjudged me because I had a few bad games in the playoffs and stuff like that. My whole thing was coming back here and proving people wrong."

Clarkson admits he was hoping to win more this season. 

Young Bull's Development – Collin Sexton set the Cavs' rookie record for most threes made on Friday night. The 20-year-old finished with 27 points and six assists against Miami. His teammates admit he's growing and improving everyday. 

"You're around a bunch of older guys," Clarkson said. "There's an adjustment to make. Especially coming from, what'd he do – six months of college? He probably didn't even go to the second semester of classes and then jumping straight here. It's definitely an adjustment and you see him falling into it right now.

"He works hard. He's here in the mornings. I feel like the sky is the limit for him."

Up Next – The Cavaliers host the Raptors tonight at The Q. Toronto is currently second in the Eastern Conference standings. They're two games behind Milwaukee. The Raptors beat Miami yesterday even though Kawhi Leonard didn't play.