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Lamar Stevens; the surprise guest of the Cavaliers | NBA

Lamar Stevens; the surprise guest of the Cavaliers |  NBA

We keep repeating it; but the NBA is a league of opportunities; where you have to know how to “take advantage” of other people’s misfortune to achieve your own happiness. In Ohio; the case of lamar stevens is the perfect example.

Because; with the successive injuries of Collin Sexton; Ricky Rubio and Isaac Okoro; to which the physical failures of Cedi Osman and Dylan Windler must sometimes be added; JB Bickerstaff had no choice but to install his 24-year-old player in the ownership. five; at position 2. Although he is only a training winger and had been regularly used as a strong winger last season.

But; in this NBA where the notion of position makes less and less sense; the versatile Lamar Stevens did not hesitate to take on this new challenge. And; despite a less-than-reassuring outside pitch (26% 3-point run); but in progress (36% since December); the Philly native is starting to find his bearings in the workforce.

The moral support of your coach also has a lot to do with it.

« There were times when I felt [J.B. Bickerstaff] believed in me more than I believed in myself -Precisely recalled the former resident of the small Penn State university; not drafted last year.

A good start to the year

Increasingly comfortable in the team; and now contractually free of a drag; since its managers recently decided to guarantee his contract for the rest of the season; Lamar Stevens can now play without that fear of becoming a “free agent” at any time. . And this has been visible for several days.

« He is just himself. He plays aggressive; on both ends of the floor; and that’s all we expect from him. »; trusted for example Darius Garland; about his teammate.

In confidence; Lamar Stevens has already matched or broken his points record three times; in 2022! And the last of these three times dates back to no later than tonight: 23 points against the Jazz; 10/15 shooting; also 7 rebounds. All in 30 minutes of play.

Leading scorer for the Cavaliers in Utah; the 24-year-old winger took great advantage of Darius Garland’s caviar – author of the first triple-double of his career (11 points; 10 rebounds; 15 assists) – to sanction the Mormon defense; particularly permissive in the absence of Rudy Gobert.

team first

Especially in this third quarter where Lamar Stevens planted 15 of his 23 points to knock out the Salt Lake City franchise.

« I get carried away in this moment »; he reacted; about his hot shot; full of aggressiveness towards the area and mid-distance. ” I was able to select and find my shooting positions; I was really full of confidence and I took advantage of it to let the game come to me and take me to those 15 points. »

if he considers go in the right direction with his teammates; while these young Cavs are still in the learning phase; Lamar Stevens is especially delighted to be considered the heart and soul of this Cleveland team; currently sixth in the East (24 wins – 18 losses).

« It means a lot to me; considering the path I had to cross to get here. -; he also said. ” That my colleagues can say that about me is something I do not take lightly. I just give everything for my team; because the team has to come before me. I always rejoice in success [de mes coéquipiers] and that of the team. »

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