September 1, 2014

Elyria
Clear
72°F
test

Cavs notes: Sessions starting but struggling

CLEVELAND — Ramon Sessions is playing his worst basketball of the season, but he remains the Cavaliers’ starting point guard for now.

Sessions

Sessions

Davis

Davis

Sessions’ slump continued Sunday, when he had four points, five assists and four turnovers in 21 sloppy minutes during Cleveland’s 95-75 loss to Oklahoma City.

The rocky performance also saw “Sesh” go 1-for-7 from the field, making him 15-for-53 (.283) with 15 turnovers over his last five games.

“Ramon hasn’t played well the last week,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t care what the circumstances are. He hasn’t played well.”

Perhaps coincidentally, Sessions’ struggles began shortly after Cleveland acquired point guard Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Scott immediately declared Davis his starter to-be, but saw those plans delayed when the bearded veteran left the club six days ago following the death of his grandmother.

The funeral for Lela “Madea” Nicholson is Tuesday in Los Angeles, while the Cavaliers begin their three-game West Coast road trip Wednesday in Sacramento.

“The earliest Baron will be back is Wednesday, but honestly, I doubt it,” Scott said. “I believe we’ll see him in L.A. on Saturday (when Cleveland plays the Clippers at Staples Center).”

Davis has played in three games with the Cavaliers, averaging 18.0 points, 5.7 assists and 3.0 turnovers. He also is shooting .475 from the field and .556 on 3-pointers.

On the year, Sessions is averaging 12.5 points, 5.4 assists and 2.1 miscues. His field-goal percentage is .446, including .300 beyond the arc.

“This is a tough time for Baron, so we’re certainly not going to rush him back,” Scott said. “I hope to talk to him tonight to see how he’s doing, but if I can’t get hold of him, I’ll send him a couple text messages.

“All of our thoughts are with him and his family. That should be his sole focus right now.”

Injury update

  • Cavaliers power forward Luke Harangody returned to action after missing two games with a right hip pointer, but looked very rusty. The Notre Dame product missed all eight of his field-goal attempts — four of them from 3-point range — and picked up four fouls in 16 minutes off the bench. He did have three points and six rebounds.
  • Center Semih Erden, who came over from Boston with Harangody, remains out with a strained right adductor.
  • Scott said power forward Antawn Jamison (left little finger surgery) has been given permission to spend time with his children in North Carolina, but will rejoin the team soon.
  • Center Anderson Varejao (right ankle surgery) is also out for the season, but he continues to rehab his season-ending injury in Cleveland and is a fixture at home games. “Andy and A.J. are probably our two best veteran leaders, but that’s still no excuse for our guys not going out and playing basketball the right way,” Scott said.

Bad memories

Scott was coaching the New Orleans Hornets when Hurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf Coast. Because of that personal experience, he said he has great sympathy for the people of Japan as they attempt to recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the island.

“I feel for them completely after what we went through in New Orleans,” the longtime NBA coach said. “It’s devastating when you have to uproot your family and leave people you know behind, not knowing what all has gone on.”

Scott added that he initially didn’t want to evacuate town when the hurricane warnings were issued, but credited his wife Anita for convincing him otherwise.

Thunderstruck

  • Thunder coach Scott Brooks was a backup point guard with the Cavaliers in 1997-98, when they made the playoffs and lost to Indiana in a very competitive series. “Don’t remind me about that, it’s still a painful memory,” he said, breaking into a chuckle. “(Coach Mike) Fratello should have played me more. We would’ve beaten Indiana if I had gotten more time.”
  • The Oklahoma City franchise is 10-6 all time at Quicken Loans Arena, including a 9-4 record while it was known as the Seattle SuperSonics.
  • Ohio State products Daequan Cook and Byron Mullins are both on the Thunder roster, but Mullins is currently on a minor league assignment to the NBA D-League.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.