Ty Lue experiments with Sexton and Hill in the backcourt

Dekker uses start to show what he can bring

Kyle Lewandowski
October 08, 2018 - 11:28 pm
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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) — The Cavaliers took the floor on Monday night without many their key contributors that will figure into the rotation when the regular season tips off in Toronto. It was an opporunity for head coach Tyronn Lue to try some different things and for other guys, a time to showcase what they can bring to the table.

Lue used the moment to experiment with rookie point guard Collin Sexton starting alongside George Hill in the backcourt.

"We had a lot of scoring out," Lue said. "We just tried to put the two guards out there to make plays and create something offensively."

"In that first half I don't think we trusted our offense, moving bodies, moving the basketball, we got a little stagnent. I the second half we did a lot better job and created easier shots. It's something we have to continue to work on."

Sexton finished the game with three points, three assists and three turnovers in 22 minutes during Monday night's 111-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers. All three of the turnovers came in the first half when the offense was erratic.

"You don't really mind the turnovers if they're aggresive turnovers," Lue said. "I think that's going to happen until we get familiar with each other and how we want to play."

For Sexton, what also came along with starting was the chance to face off with Pacers veteran point guard Darren Collison.

"It was good for him," Lue said. "I think having a chance to play against a guy like Collison — Collison has been a very underrated player in our league for a while. Defensively, he's good and offensively he's a smart player. I think Collin getting a chance to play against him was good for him."

Sexton was asked about the chance to play in the backcourt with Hill.

"It felt pretty good — just going out there and trying to get used to it, because I know we'll probably be on the court at the same time throughout the season. So it's just preseason — that's what it's for."

Kyle Korver was the most productive Cavalier on the night, connecting on four of his seven attempts from beyond the arc on his way to 17 points.

He was asked if he has to adjust his game playing with Sexton.

"No, I think Collin has done a pretty good job. I think as he gets more comfortable, the playbook will grow and we'll get to the second and third reads and things. But I think he's done pretty good."

Another guy who got the start was newcomer Sam Dekker, and while the stat line doesn't jump off the page, he showed the awareness to know when and where to be on offense.

"Sam has the ability to drive the basketball and make shots, but also he's a great cutter and to be able to push it in transition adds a different dimension to our team," Lue said. "His cuts are very timely, he knows when to cut and how to cut, he's been good with that."

If anybody knows what it is like to move without the basketball, Korver would be that guy.

"He's got a real knack for that," Korver said of Dekker. "Some people just have a good feel, they can read the game and know when to cut, when it's open. You need a couple guys like that on your team. He can finish around the basket, he can sit out there and pop, he's going to be a great addition for us this year."