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Who is the Greatest Cavaliers' Point Guard?

  • Andre Miller

    Votes: 3 1.9%
  • Mark Price

    Votes: 72 46.5%
  • Brevin Knight

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Kyrie Irving

    Votes: 50 32.3%
  • Terrell Brandon

    Votes: 3 1.9%
  • Darius Garland

    Votes: 22 14.2%
  • Lenny Wilkens

    Votes: 2 1.3%
  • Kevin Ollie

    Votes: 2 1.3%

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MirORich

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Possibly.

Why do we accept it though? Why do we now play in a way that makes everything depend on one guy? Why not create system that's more sustainable?

We played nothing like this to start the season, yet did well. What's changed?
We are 24 games into a season with a rookie and two guys who weren't on the team last year as 3 of our major minutes guys. We have the limitations presented by Okoro. And we have a guy we had lots of plays/looks for in Sexton get injured and out for the year.

You create a system that is sustainable over several YEARS.

Not 24 games

It's unreal, a lot of the looks Garland is taking and making are PART of the offense. it may be simple action, but it is part of the offense. The two previous games before this the ball movement was excellent.

Before it was a problem that Garland wasn't asserting himself enough on offense. Now, he's dominating on offense, taking shots he should be taking, and now THAT's a problem too.

Serenity now.
 
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We are 24 games into a season with a rookie and two guys who weren't on the team as 3 of our major minutes guys. We have the limitations presented by Okoro. And we have a guy we had lots of plays/looks for in Sexton get injured and out for the year.

You create a system that is sustainable over several YEARS.

Not 24 games

It's unreal, a lot of the looks Garland is taking and making are PART of the offense. it may be simple action, but it is part of the offense. The two previous games before this the ball movement was excellent.

Before it was a problem that Garland wasn't asserting himself enough on offense. Now, he's dominating on offense, taking shots he should be taking, and now THAT's a problem too.

Serenity now.
I love how you mentioned the simplicity of some of the actions.

Actions don’t need to be complicated. Simple works. Some coaches get too caught up trying to make things look complicated because they think that’s what coaching is.
 

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Also, basketball, more than any other of the main team sports is dependent on the best few players. Even on teams with great established systems. Every single team in the league can ask " Where we would be without this guy" when talking about one of the best best 2 players on the team.

We chose to draft Darius because we saw this type of performance in him. He's doing what we believed he'd be capable of doing when we took him at number 5.
 

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Also, basketball, more than any other of the main team sports is dependent on the best few players. Even on teams with great established systems. Every single team in the league can ask " Where we would be without this guy" when talking about one of the best best 2 players on the team.

We chose to draft Darius because we saw this type of performance in him. He's doing what we believed he'd be capable of doing when we took him at number 5.
IMO it's a big mistake to see this season's success (so far) as synonymous with Garland. We played a more unpredictable, team-based brand of basketball to start the season, and still won.
 

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IMO it's a big mistake to see this season's success (so far) as synonymous with Garland. We played a more unpredictable, team-based brand of basketball to start the season, and still won.
We’re still playing that same way. Garland is just being more aggressive with his touches.

Our shots were still very spread around.
 

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IMO it's a big mistake to see this season's success (so far) as synonymous with Garland. We played a more unpredictable, team-based brand of basketball to start the season, and still won.
We literally played great team basketball the last three games, all of which Garland also excelled at.
Tonight we played a great team, that has been together a while, that has system reinforced from the continuity of players and coaches working together for 3-4 years, who has a great defensive personnel. We scrapped, we fought back. We had some success and we have some things to work on.

DG is the primary ballhandler. Some of his shots are going to come from his own creation. That does not mean at all that team basketball is not occurring, He did what he did very efficiently as well. 31 points on 19 shots is excellent and not ball stopping.

The length to which you are going to discredit or act like the growth we are seeing out of him is no big deal is staggering.
 
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Garland played a very good offensive game despite a horrid last shot. When your playing with 2 raw kids, your going to have misses and to's. Even Garland himself is not quite 22 yet. Patience.
 

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Why doesn't DG ever play with Cedi? They had a sick 2 man game last time Cedi played and they were both threatening 3.

I like them together.
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I think Cedi has earned closing minutes. I also think this was one matchup where Lauri didn't work as well because they are so good moving the ball. Made our big cover a lot of ground. Should have had Cedi in with Rubio and Garland I stead of Lauri or taken Jarrett Allen out
 

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this kid is making me eat crow. gone are the days when he turns down open shots and just dances with the ball going nowhere.

this is the DG i can get behind with.

While I do think we need to split up him and Sexton to balance out the defense and scoring through out the game. I do think this more aggressive Garland could make for a more potent Sexland lineup. Typically you want two small guards to attack teams relentlessly to make up for their faults on defensive.

We just weren't getting that with Garland before but now it could just change the outlook if we want to deploy Sexland against certain teams. The gravity that Sexton and Garland could pull now could open up a lot more now than before.
 

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Garland + Okoro together

Rubio + Sexton together

I haven’t seen stats but this seems to stylistically make sense. Rubio and Okoro can pick up the tougher perimeter assignments. Garland and Sexton can get buckets.
 

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Garland is up to

19.7PPG
7.2APG(4.0TO…the one thing that he’s gotta work on)

He’s all the way up to 39.1% from 3.

Overal his splits are creeping up toward the mythical 50/40/90. I think he’s definitely a guy who could enter that club one day. If not this year—-he’s up to 47.4/39.1/87.3

He’s also averaging 1.3 steals per game. Has drastically improved his defense from abominable to slightly below average.
 

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