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Cavaliers trying to teach Collin Sexton how to play without the ball: It can really enhance his game

Cavaliers trying to teach Collin Sexton how to play without the ball: It can really enhance his game
Published On: Wed, Mar 06
Jun 22, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks to the crowd during the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship celebration in downtown Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

As the season progressed and rookie Collin Sexton began showing up on the scouting report more frequently, the Cleveland Cavaliers noticed opponents targeting Sexton.

The Cavs were making it easier, often asking Sexton to initiate offense with the ball in his hands, so they made a slight tweak from time to time, moving him off the ball.

a€œHe is so used to having the ball in his hands and I think him playing off the ball can really enhance his game even more because when teams do go through scouting reports and prepare against us, Ia€™m sure they prepare with him being on the ball a lot,a€ Cavs head coach Larry Drew said. "We can move him off the ball, but get the ball to him. Allow him to be himself.a€

There are still plenty of moments throughout when Sexton is the conductor on offense. He has the third-highest usage rate on the team behind Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Love.

But Drew has slowly started to change that, having Sexton play alongside veteran Matthew Dellavedova.

a€œHaving Delly in there helps Collin a lot,a€ Drew said. a€œWea€™ve gone through the situations where wea€™ve had Delly and Collin in there together where wea€™ve let Delly handle the ball the majority of the time, then wea€™ve done it where wea€™ve let Collin handle it a majority of the time. Hea€™s learning. The thing about Collin, hea€™s a sponge. He kinda soaks everything in. Hea€™s always looking to get better.a€

Sometimes, Cleveland even deploys a three-guard lineup, tossing in Brandon Knight or Clarkson with Dellavedova and Sexton. Lovea€™s return has been a boost as well, giving Cleveland its offensive focal point. Love, a versatile player with deft passing skills, allows the Cavs offense to flow a different way and Love has formed good chemistry with Sexton early. This recent change in personnel has given Drew options. Ita€™s made the Cavsa€™ offense less predictable while also making it so the offense doesna€™t have to run through Sexton as much.

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