Cavs adjusting to Beilein's system, plus the plan for Sexton and Garland

The Cavs were back at practice on Thursday

James Rapien
October 10, 2019 - 3:38 pm

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INDEPENDENCE, OH – Collin Sexton worked hard to improve his game during the offseason and he’s hoping it translates to success in John Beilein’s system. The second-year pro is adjusting to a new offense, coaching staff and philosophy.

“It’s something that none of us have experienced,” Sexton said. “It’s a new time of offense. It’s going to take time to adjust.”

He knows there will be growing pains, which is something he experienced as a rookie last season. The 20-year-old seems much calmer than he did a year ago, which should bode well for him while he adjusts to Beilein’s system.

“Just keep learning everyday because there’s new stuff that he puts in,” Sexton said with a smile.

All eyes will be on him and rookie guard Darius Garland. The young duo has grown close over the past few months. Some are worried about the two playing together, but Sexton isn’t concerned.

“Pretty much just feed off each other,” he said. “My style is like a combo scorer. He’s (Garland) like a true point. He can also score.”

What about on defense?

“If we got somebody that’s bigger, then I’ll pick him up and he’ll take somebody else”

Sexton and Garland are expected to play together, although Beilein declined to name his starting lineup for Friday’s preseason game against Detroit. He did say that the starting five would be different from Monday’s contest against San Lorenzo.

Garland’s feel for the game has been a constant theme throughout training camp. His natural ability to see the court and make plays for his teammates is something that has impressed everyone in the organization. It’s something they hope Sexton can absorb when he’s on the court with Garland. 

“I can learn from him, just like I can learn from anybody else,” Sexton said. “I can take some stuff from him and he can take some stuff from me.”

Who will play point guard when they’re on the court together?

“With us, a traditional two guard has been more of a combo guard,” Beilein said. “If the two of them are in, Darius will probably have the ball more, but Collin will still have it a lot.”

Other Notes

Beilein wants Larry Nance Jr. to shoot more 3-pointers than he has been during training camp. He’s hoping Nance can develop into a true stretch forward, which would help open up driving lanes for both Sexton and Garland.

“When he’s open, he should not hesitate,” Beilein said. “He can shoot. He can really pass. He can guard multiple positions. We want you (Nance) out on the floor, but you can’t turn down open shots.

“If he goes halfway through the season, if he’s not making them, then we’ll talk.”

Nance shot 33.7 percent (33-of-98) from 3-point range last season, which was a career-high.

The Cavs hit the road to play Detroit on Friday at 7 p.m. Then, they travel to Boston for a Sunday afternoon game (3 p.m.), before returning to Cleveland to play the Celtics on Tuesday (7 p.m.) in their final preseason game.