The Cleveland Cavaliers are a surprising 3-5 to start the year, and received Darius Garland’s best pro effort in victory against the Wizards.
CBS Sports run these rookie power rankings and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland isn’t even listed. Considering he’s just eight games into his pro career, that’s just fine, because Garland just turned in his best pro effort in Cleveland 113-100 victory over Washington Friday night.
1. Garland, 19, oozed confidence playing in front of Bradley Beal. As the Fox Sports’ broadcast noted, Beal used to support and sometimes coach Garland’s Missouri-based AAU team. The two have known each other for four years.
Garland scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and dropped six assists, to finish with a +/- of +13.
It seems like every game, the rookie out of Vanderbilt throws some highlight making alley-oop to one of his teammates…
2. Tristan Thompson recorded another double-double with 21 points and nine of his 12 rebounds came on the offensive side.
Thomson seems like a slam dunk to be traded by the deadline, but you’ve got to wonder about whether an extension is forthcoming. Thompson is playing the best basketball of his career. Having him, along with Kevin Love sure make the rookie mistakes easier to handle.
3. Speaking of veteran leaders, Kevin Love only took six shots. He ended with 16 points, though, as he was able to 10-of-13 from the charity stripe.
Love is the Cavaliers best offensive threat and it’s crazy that he could only take six shots in a game. That said, it’s upper the young guards to get him the ball. This is just a hiccup for the time being, but questions surrounding Love asserting himself have lingered ever since he came to town.
4. Kevin Porter Jr. scored 13 points in 21 minutes. You’ve just got to like the fact the Cavs are giving him playing time, rather than having him ride the pine. John Beilein is here to develop players and KJP isn’t afraid to shoot, taking 11 shots.
5. Jordan Clarkson is supposed to be the “Wolf” hunting for shots, but man, sometimes, you just want him to stop. He shot 1-of-7 from 3-point range and was 4-of-14 from the field. His shot total ranked second among the entire team. Clarkson is shotting 30.2 percent from 3-point range…not good!
6. Everyone struggled from downtown as the Cavaliers went 6-of-27 from beyond the arc, while Washington was 7-of-31