By Dan Gilinsky
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their last preseason game to the Detroit Pistons Friday night 129-110, and that’s not a big deal, but they are going to need more assist totals in order to have sustained offense.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have Kevin Love, Cedi Osman or Larry Nance Jr. in their last preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. That was a obviously a massive difference in the game, as those three are all going to have huge roles. Love’s the first option, Osman is Cleveland’s best all-around wing, and Nance is a versatile defender and the Cavs’ most athletic big.
The Cavaliers still managed to score 110 points, which, on the surface, isn’t awful. Nonetheless, the offense for much of the preseason has not led to high assist totals, which is understandable, given a number of players in key roles and guys (like Love) sitting out in a precautionary manner not being on the floor.
Aside from Cleveland’s third preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, in which they had 27 assists, the Cavaliers have not had a great assist percentage. Cleveland has an assist percentage of 48.0 percent, which is the third-lowest among NBA squads in the NBA this preseason. Now, not having Love in there is a big reason for...