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March 18, 2019 | 12:46 pm EDT Update
Given Collin Sexton’s recent scoring binge, hitting the 20-point mark in five consecutive games — a feat not even reached by LeBron James during his rookie season — head coach Larry Drew’s “score-first point guard” label seems fitting. It’s also one that Sexton doesn’t mind. “I’m OK with it,” Sexton told cleveland.com. “But when it’s time for me to get into facilitating mode and I see Kevin (Love) and a few others haven’t touched the ball in a long time, have to make sure that I turn my scoring off and make sure I get them involved because we go as far as Kevin takes us. If Kevin is scoring then they have to play him and it opens up so much for everybody else.”
Veteran Channing Frye, who has been trying to mentor Sexton this season, agrees with Drew’s assessment. “There’s nothing wrong with that,” veteran Channing Frye said. “There’s only three or four pass-first guards in this league. For us it’s adjusting to that. For me, I played with a lot of pass-first guards and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. What (Collin) needs to do is understand that he is going to get around 20 shots a game. So listen, you don’t need to get all 20 in the first quarter, big fella. At the beginning, get your teammates involved and it’s going to make your job easier. If everyone’s focused on you, five people can guard one. If he’s guarded one-on-one, he’s pretty dang good. Just learning and evolving. At Alabama, ‘Here’s the ball, go win us the game.’ High school, ‘Here’s the ball, go win us the game.’ Now it’s like you’ve got some All-Stars, you’ve got some really good players. You’ve got to get them involved early, you’ve got to feed ‘em a little bit. Give ‘em a slice of the burger.”
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