Cavaliers Notes: Bickerstaff, Osman, Porter, Gottlieb

Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff believes finishing the season would be important to his young team, writes Chris Fedor of The Cavs still own the worst record in the East at 19-46, but they went 5-6 after Bickerstaff replaced John Beilein as head coach last month, including wins over the Nuggets, Heat and Sixers.

“I would hope to play the final 17 games, to be honest with you,” he said. “Where we are and how important that is to us as a team in building and the taste it can leave as we go into what would have been a summer break — guys wanting to go out, work, prepare and get better because they start to see some things heading in the right direction. That momentum I think was going to be and would be important for us.

“The toughest thing in this league is learning how to win and we were starting to get to the point in fourth quarters. So, for us as a group, that’s meaningful. Obviously the league will do what it deems best for the entire league and our fans, but for us, I would love to have those games.”

Bickerstaff adds that he hasn’t been tested for the coronavirus and all his players remain healthy. Cleveland hosted Utah on March 2, nine days before a positive test by Jazz center Rudy Gobert sparked the shutdown of the league.

There’s more from Cleveland:

  • Small forward may be the primary position the Cavaliers try to upgrade during the offseason, Fedor predicts in a separate piece. Cedi Osman, the starter for the past two years, might be better off as a reserve, Fedor suggests. First-round pick Dylan Windler wasn’t able to play at all because of injuries and will be starting from scratch next season. Kevin Porter Jr. could be the most talented member of Cleveland’s young core, but many in the organization view him as a shooting guard.
  • Three-point shooting and passing are also areas that need improvement, Fedor adds. Center Tristan Thompson leads the team from beyond the arc at 39.1%, while Matthew Dellavedova is clearly the best passer in the organization.
  • It didn’t take long for Lindsay Gottlieb to win the respect of the players in her first season as an assistant coach, Fedor notes in another story. Andre Drummond connected with her right away after being acquired from the Pistons. “I immediately gravitated towards her and have ever since,” Drummond said. “I always preach positivity. She sees that. Any time she sees me get down on myself, she always comes over and gives me a pat on the leg and tells me to stay positive and I will be fine.”
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10 thoughts on “Cavaliers Notes: Bickerstaff, Osman, Porter, Gottlieb

  1. rxbrgr

    Thompson has never made a three prior to this season and is 9-23 so far. I’d hesitate to truly call him the team’s “best shooter”.

    • x%sure

      Kind of funny given his problems even choosing a handedness, but he has good stability for deep shooting.

  2. Buckman

    That is bizarre IDing TT as the best. Osman, Sexton, and Love should have been named shooting 37-38%.

  3. El Don

    JB I am with you I hope they play all the remaining RS games & all the PO games, however long it takes, I don’t wanna miss any of them!!!

    • futuremvp

      Me too. If they are to continue this season, they need to play all the remaining games. Otherwise, just cancel this season and start fresh in October.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    They also need to improve their defence, think they are bottom 5.

    Just hard to see what direction the Cavs are really going..
    sexton is a score first point guard that’s selfish, Garland tries to be a team guy PG but he doesn’t get the touches cause of sexton. KLove is old and seems like he wants out then says he wants to stay the next day. Osman isn’t a young player anymore he’s a bench dude. Porter showed real glimpses last season he looks nice but again he needs touches. They traded for Drummond at a cheap price, but why? He isn’t young, can’t shoot and isn’t a good defender so he doesn’t address any of your needs?
    Maybe Drummond is a trade piece for another team? Who is the future PG Sexton or Garland? What happens to Love?

    • x%sure

      Love & Drummond are not too old at 26 & 31, PERs 18 & 21, unless you think the whole team needs to be on the same timeline, which some think so. I think a mix of experience is best at all levels.

    • Simmons>Russ

      KLove at 31 is definitely to old for a young team. He would be perfect for a competing team as a third/fourth option, a floor spacing big, and all of that. Drummond at 26 isn’t exactly to old but cause of his contract your going to need to pay him next offseason and is he worth big bucks and you don’t know if he fits with the other players?

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