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Random pindowns on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 72-59 whipping of the Washington Wizards in their Las Vegas Summer League lidlifter on Friday night in Las Vegas…
1. First and foremost, Collin Sexton can play. The only question will be how well will he be able to shoot the basketball?
2. The 19-year-old rookie out of Alabama flashed a solid handle with both hands, had no problem doing what he wanted, both in transition and in the half court, repeatedly set up teammates for open looks and moved his feet well defensively in 29 minutes.
3. The eighth overall selection in the draft put up a 4-of-12 shooting performance, coming as advertised. His shooting form as some flies in the ointment and needs work, but that’s sure to happen. He did make his only 3-point attempt and where he did not have a problem was from the free-throw line, being perfect in six attempts.
4. Much will probably be made of Sexton having as many assists as you and I in the game, but that is directly related to how poorly his teammates shot the ball. Cleveland hit only 26 of 73 shots for the game (35.6 percent) and was an awful 5-of-18 from beyond the 3-point arc (27.8 percent).
5. The most impressive Cavalier was Ante Zizic. The young big man, acquired in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston last Aug. 22, dominated the paint all night, posting 16 points, 14 boards and a team-high five dimes.
6. Flashing the solid footwork he showed at times last season when given an opportunity to play, Zizic made 8-of-16 shots from the field. He did turn the ball over five times and commit five fouls.
7. Speaking of coming as advertised, Cedi Osman did that for the Cavs. Though he shot only 5-of-15 and make only one of his six 3-point attempts, the energetic second-year man contributed 15 points, 10 boards, three assists, four steals and a blocked shot in a team-high 31 minutes.
8. Sexton, Zizic and Osman combined to account for 46 of Cleveland’s 72 points and 31 of its 40 boards.
9. Among the other guys, former Kansas five-star recruit Billy Preston, who signed a two-way contract with the Cavaliers before the game Friday night, was active on both ends of the floor, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes. The intriguing 6-foot-10 Preston finished with a team-best plus-minus of plus-12.
10. Former California center Marcus Lee, who played three years at Kentucky before transferring to Cal for his senior season, was another guy who made an impression. In only 12 minutes, he accounted for eight points — making all four shots he took, including an impressive two-hand reverse alley-oop dunk off a nice feed from Preston in the first half — five rebounds, a game-high four blocked shots and added three steals.
12. Osman (5 of 15), Preston (4 of 12), Okaro White (2 of 9), Preston (2 of 8), former Purdue shooting guard Dakota Mathias (1 of 5, all from deep) all struggled with their shots, being the major culprits toward Cleveland’s 35.6 -percent shooting.
13. Credit to the Cavaliers for the effort they showed on the defensive end of the floor. Cleveland limited Washington to 30-percent shooting, including 17 percent from deep. The Cavaliers also outrebounded the Wizards, 51-35, blocked six shots and forced 25 Washington turnovers.
14. Cleveland will be back in action tonight in Sin City, taking on the Chicago Bulls at 9:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
15. A matchup to watch tonight will between Zizic and Bulls rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr. The 6-10, 258-pound 19-year-old out of Duke was selected by Chicago with the seventh overall pick in the draft June 21.
16. The Bulls also sport Chandler Hutchison, whom they took with the 22nd overall selection in the draft out of Boise State, a 6-7, 196-pound shooting guard.