Larry Sanders’ second game in the D-League went much better than the first.
Sanders is the Cavaliers’ new 6-foot-11 center with a 7-7 wingspan. He spent Tuesday with the Canton Charge in White Plains, N.Y., where the Cavs’ affiliate dropped a 108-105 decision to the Westchester Knicks.
Sanders is working his way back into basketball shape, and until Tuesday, it appeared to be a miserable process.
But Tuesday wasn’t so bad. Sanders’ final line: Eight points, 4-of-6 shooting, six rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes. He also committed just one foul and two turnovers — a big improvement from his first outing.
The Cavs believe it’s only a matter of weeks before Sanders gets his timing back and turns into the player who protected the rim and finished around the basket with nasty dunks during his Milwaukee years.
Sanders seems to believe it, too, as he’s never wavered despite trying to play catch-up with everyone who’s been in the NBA the past two years.
He could be called back up before the Cavs’ game Thursday at Chicago.
Cavs training camp invitee John Holland led the playoff-bound Charge (29-19) with 28 points. The Knicks (19-29) received 26 points from Travis Trice and 23 from Chasson Randle.
Watch video highlights of Holland throwing an alley-op to Sanders below.