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3 Takeaways: Cavs get win number 17….126-101 over Toronto

1) That Collin Sexton kid? He’s gonna be just fine

There’s been a lot of talk this season about the play/ development of
Collin Sexton. The Cavaliers point guard has been dealt mostly
unwarranted criticism throughout his rookie campaign. As the season has
gone along, Sexton has shown more and more signs that he can be the Cavs point guard of the future.

After the game Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew spoke very highly of his
rookie point guard. Drew went as far to say that Monday night was
Sexton’s best game. “Absolutely, I really thought tonight was as
complete of a game as I’ve seen Collin play in regards to scoring,
getting us into an offense and his decision making.”

The Cavs point guard scored a team high 28 points and dished out a team
high five assists. Over his last 14 games, Sexton is averaging 19.6
points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.4m assists per game. Even Sexton was
impressed with himself after the game as he feels more comfortable out on the floor. ” I think so, well at least one of them. I feel like
tonight, i made sure I took care of the ball-that was the biggest thing.
I don’t I had a turnover tonight and I made sure that my teammates were
open. When they’re open, I have to make sure I give them the ball on
time and on target.”

Coach Drew finished by complementing his point guard on his defensive efforts, an area Sexton has struggled with. ” This was as a complete game as I’ve witnessed with him. I thought defensively he did a really good job. He was in the right spots tonight. He played a terrific
all-around game.”

2) Zizic continues to shine

This season when Ante Zizic has been given the chance, he’s played well.
His progression from his rookie season to this season is very
impressive. Zizic has become a consistent threat to both score and
rebound for the young Cavaliers, a group that is still learning.

Monday night against Toronto, Zizic scored 17 points and grabbed seven
rebounds in 27 minutes. The Cavaliers big man was a big part of why the
Cavs outrebounded the Raptors 51-43. The most impressive aspect of
Zizic’s night was the way he defended Toronto big man, Marc Gasol.

Larry Drew credited Zizic for making Gasol a non-factor most of the
game. “Big Z did a good job. Gasol s not an easy guard.He’s a former
All-Star, he’s a big man that can stretch it out to three, in the post
he’s clever and he can shoot it or pass it with either hand. I thought
Big Z did a really good job as far as holding his own and making it
tough for him.”

3) What a difference a little Love makes

Even on a night where Kevin Love was not his best, the Cavaliers fed off
the big man en route to their best win of the season. Love finished with
his ninth double-double this season, 16-points and a game-high 18
rebounds. Since the All-Star break Love is averaging 20 points and 11.9
rebounds, while also shooting 46 percent from deep.

It is very obvious this team has more fun when Love is around. Monday
night’s 25 point win was a perfect example of the young Cavs having fun. “This was a great win for us,” Love said Monday night. “So tonight,
especially against a really good team at home, it was fun. We were
moving the ball. I would say our Achilles heel tonight was our
transition defense. But in the half court, I thought we played well and
we got out in transition, ran our sets and got good looks and converted.”

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