First-year Cavalier Jeremy Pargo will draw the start in Wednesday night’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers, replacing the injured Kyrie Irving at the point guard spot.
Addressing the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts following the team’s shootaround sesssion, head coach Byron Scott stated that he opted for Pargo due to his efforts and communication on the defensive end of the floor. Scott admitted on Tuesday that Donald Sloan, his other option to replace Irving, is a better facilitator on the offensive side of the floor, but it appears that defense has won out, at least in the interim.
“Offensively I’m not asking him to do nothing he can’t do,” Scott said. “I know he can run the show and push the tempo. I know he makes good decisions and if he has open shots, I want him to take them. The game plan doesn’t necessarily change, we just want to do it better.”
Pargo, through three games this season, is averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 assists. The 26-year old was acquired this off-season in a trade with Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for DJ Kennedy. He will likely split time with Sloan as well as a combination of Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters when it comes to primary ball-handling.
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