Coming off a loss in the NBA Finals that had more to do with poorly-timed injuries rather than a lack of talent or depth, there aren’t many improvements that have to be made by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the upcoming season. But, since injuries do happen, the Cavaliers can use the Las Vegas Summer League to mold some emergency options in case a similar scenario happens in 2016.
The Cavaliers have had three games in the Las Vegas Summer League that began on July 10. They played the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the league opener and lost, 83-75. Tyler Haws, a guard out of BYU, led the team in scoring with 12 points. Cleveland played the following day against the Brooklyn Nets and lost by one point behind Jerrelle Benimon’s 11 points and 12 rebounds, which both led the team. The Cavaliers finally navigated their way into the win column by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 94-87, led by D.J. Seeley’s 14 points, not to mention 11 rebounds from Rakeem Christmas, whom the Cavaliers acquired in a draft day deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Cavaliers also have second-round pick Dom Pointer out of St. John’s, who is averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and an assist during his 17.9 minutes per game (three games).
No one on the roster is going to yield a direct increase for sales of Cavaliers tickets, but the fans painfully experienced what quality depth can mean to a basketball team. Fans can get an early start to their NBA season by using Hipmunk.com for cheap airline tickets to take in some summer league basketball. Hotel deals on Hipmunk can be combed through only a few clicks, making it the No. 1 travel resource for any basketball fan at any point during the season.
Since each team participating in the Las Vegas Summer League has played three games, it breaks down into a tournament style bracket with seeding. The Cavaliers are looking like they will play on July 15, either at Cox Pavilion or the Thomas & Mack Center.
Cleveland’s looking to get a little more out of Joe Harris, who has had some experience playing for the Cavaliers during the regular season. Harris is only averaging nine points, three rebounds and 1.3 assists during his 28.9 minutes per game (three games) in the Las Vegas Summer League.