Just a few months ago, media pundits and talking heads were debating if Collin Sexton had what it takes to play in the NBA.
In Friday’s loss to the Miami Heat, Sexton etched his name in Cavalier history books by breaking Kyrie Irving’s franchise record for most threes by a rookie. In the first half at American Airlines Arena, Sexton buried a triple, giving him 74 on the season and snapping Irving’s previous record.
“It’s pretty cool because people been saying I can’t shoot,” Sexton said after breaking the record. “I just got to keep proving them wrong.”
Monday night brought forth another opportunity for Sexton and the Cavs to prove people wrong as they played the second-seeded Toronto Raptors.
The Cavaliers prevented a season sweep at the hands of the Raptors with a 126-101 blowout victory at Quicken Loans Arena. It was the speed and scoring of Sexton combined with the rebounding of Kevin Love that fueled the win.
Sexton scored 28 points in a game-high 36 minutes while shooting 55 percent from the field. He also dished out five assists and four rebounds. Love provided 16 points and a staggering 18 boards.
Although the Cavs are undeniably one of the NBA’s worst teams and remain on a one-way street to the NBA Draft Lottery, Monday night’s win showed some positivity.
The win showed that this team’s young assets have some fight in them. This isn’t a team that’s going to merely accept defeat, although they have endured 50 losses on the season.
The Cavaliers have young players that they will continue to build around. Having two first-round draft selections will help the cause as well. For now, it’s all about developing Sexton and the young players while securing that Top-3 draft pick.
“The game is starting to slow down a little bit,” Sexton said of his development. “My teammates and I, we continue to watch film and they continue to help me out each and every day. I give big thanks to them.”
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