Cavs Wrap

By: Andrea Cole

Cavs Now 3-1 in Preseason

Coach Byron Scott continues to try different lineups for the Cavs, using 13 different players in Monday’s 85-79 win over Dallas.

Daniel Gibson put up 15, with rookie Manny Harris scoring 14. Ramon Sessions added 12 points and five assists. Harris, who played at the University of Michigan, is hoping to make the regular season roster. He added four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

According to the Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmidt Boyer, Scott said of Harris, “Manny has a lot of upside. He just turned 21 years old a couple of weeks ago. At 6-4, 6-5 he’s very athletic, a very good defender, hounds the ball pretty well, makes pretty good decisions.”

Scott added, “He did a heck of a job, made some plays for us down the stretch, did a really good job defensively of just locking people down and doing some things we talked about doing, getting some big-time steals, very active and aggressive on that end of the floor.”

In 2007, as a senior at Detroit’s Redford High School, Harris was named Mr. Basketball in Michigan. He also was the third player to score 1,600 career points at the University of Michigan during his three seasons.

With the season starting in less than two weeks, the team is learning Scott’s run-style offense. According to the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd, Scott said he is pleased with how far the team has come in learning the offense, although there is still some work to do.

“They’re understanding what we want done, they’re just at times holding onto the ball because they’re not sure,” said Scott. “That’s the part we have to get rid of, that uncertainty. Once we get rid of that, things will start flowing a lot better.”

Ramon Sessions, who the Cavs acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves, also has been playing well, putting up an average of 12 points per game.

Sessions told the Beacon Journal he feels more comfortable in Scott’s offense.

“It’s night and day with this offense,” Sessions said. “I’m more comfortable with this right now than I was with the triangle. There’s so much freedom with this. Coach Scott just wants you to go out there and play hard and play tough defense. At the offensive end, he’s going to let you play. As a point guard, I can’t ask for more than that.”

Up next: the Cavs will continue preseason play at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center against San Antonio Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Cleveland will host Moscow Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The regular season starts October 27 at home against the Boston Celtics.

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