Cavs Notes – Moving on from Sunday, embracing the fundamentals and Henson's health

The Cavaliers continue to prepare for the regular season

James Rapien
October 14, 2019 - 3:07 pm
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INDEPENDENCE, OH – Training camp continued for the Cavaliers on Monday. Practice went longer than expected, as head coach John Beilein continues to implement his system and work on fundamentals.

The first-year head coach didn’t want to dive into the film following Sunday’s 118-72 loss to the Celtics.

“It’s very unusual for me not to watch film with them,” Beilein said. “We felt that might be tough. That might be going to the scene of the crime.”

The Cavs didn’t have Kevin Love or Darius Garland, among others in Sunday’s loss to Boston. They were outscored 37-9 in the second quarter.

“That was an experience,” Beilein said. “They [Boston] have great chemistry and they showed it yesterday, especially on defense.”

Henson’s Health

John Henson has yet to play this preseason. The Cavaliers were hoping he could contribute, but that hasn't been the case due to various injuries. 

“There were several times that I said he could be a difference-maker, but then he was hurt again,” Beilein said of Henson. “He’s basically be injured almost everyday that I’ve know him.”

The 28-year-old averaged 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and one assist in 14 games with the Bucks last season. He also shot 35.5 percent from 3-point range.

The veteran center worked out before Sunday’s game against the Celtics and was going to play, but he suffered a sprained ankle.

His most recent setback has to be frustrating, not only for the team, but also for Henson personally. He hasn’t played in a game with the Cavaliers. His last game was Nov 14 of last season when he was still with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

Other Notes

The NBA has made it a point of emphasis to crack down on traveling violations. Second-year pro Collin Sexton has been called for traveling multiple times this preseason.

 “We looked at every one [travel],” Beilein said. “This has never been called since they were a little kid and we worked on it for 15 minutes to start practice today.

“We’re working on footwork like crazy.”

The NBA spent 30 minutes with head coaches discussing traveling and other violations that will be a point of emphasis this season.

“They’re calling it right, but they have to decide if it’s actually worth it,” Beilein said. “If you move your foot one inch, they’re calling it. I’m not going to second guess what they’re doing – I think they’re trying to avoid those embarrassing situations where guys take three steps and it’s all over the news.”

The Cavs finish their preseason slate against the Celtics at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. They start the regular season on Oct 23 in Orlando.