The Cleveland Cavaliers had a bad follow-up but it isn’t doom and gloom.
The Cleveland Cavaliers fell apart in their second summer league game. The rooks and young vets couldn’t put together a solid offensive outing and got stifled by a Denver Nuggets team that wasn’t expected to be known for its defense. This follows an impressive outing that saw these same kids dominate the first game of the season.
And our takeaway from this is what you’d expect it to be; we knew this would happen.
Now, this isn’t some finger-wagging, “we told you so” type of statement. We, more specifically I, know that rookies especially struggle with consistency. There’s a science to being constantly good, and right now these young players are still figuring that out. So no, I’m not surprised they sucked on Sunday. I’m also not down on them either. This is a long process. It’ll take a year to really see what you have and three years to see if what you have is worth keeping around.
You’re looking at 255 potential games, counting Summer League and not the playoffs, to see what someone like Ochai Agbaji can do long-term. So there’s no reason to freak that he went 3-11.
R.J. Nembhard is playing his way off the Cleveland Cavaliers
R.J. Nembhard isn’t long for the Cavaliers roster, not at this rate. The Cavs really have no room for him on the roster and he’s out here dropping 50% from the field, and scoring 19 points when no one else can muster double-digits it felt like.
The Cavs are going to lose him to someone who has a roster spot open at this rate, and while this all sounds negative, it’s actually great to see. The Cavs don’t have room for him, and likely wouldn’t cut one of their more established guys to keep Nembhard and Nembhard is playing his best ball in some time. He’s also consistent as heck, as he’s playing just like he did with the Cleveland Charge.
It’s very likely that someone scoops him up after the Summer League is over on a guaranteed deal, and they should, she’s been awesome so far.