On the season, Osman is shooting career-highs from the …

On the season, Osman is shooting career-highs from the field (48.5%) and beyond the arc (43.6%). He’s got the team’s best long-range percentage. This version of Osman, a guy playing within himself at both ends, has staying power — even when Stevens returns from his nagging ankle sprain and Mobley comes back from an elbow injury, shifting Lauri Markkanen back to small forward. Osman’s meant too much to Cleveland’s early-season success to be bumped from the rotation now. “With the scoring we’ve lost because of injuries, he has picked up a lot of the slack,” Bickerstaff said. “When our second unit is in, we don’t take a step back. He has been a two-way player for us. He’s taken the challenge on the defensive end too. Cedi has been playing great basketball. He’s been exceeding his role.”
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“Guys believe we can play and beat anybody, and I think we’ve shown that, regardless of what the circumstances are,” said Finch, who politely declined to discuss Carlisle’s apology. “We just have to keep doing that every night. Our problem is as a young team we aren’t always there mentally, and we have to get dialed back in and be a little more business-like in our approach sometimes.” Suddenly, the Wolves are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the West, and it is not just the players who are getting noticed. When asked by Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz about Finch before the game, Carlisle said he had great respect for him. “He’s coached all over the world,” Carlisle said. “His resume is a little bit like (Toronto Raptors coach) Nick Nurse. He’s coached all kinds of different places, all kinds of different situations.”
Sarah K. Spencer: Onyeka Okongwu has been doing more live work, per Nate McMillan. In the next couple days, he’ll go to the Skyhawks to play 5-on-5 in practice. “We slowly are trying to build him up.” After a couple practices, they’ll see if Okongwu can play in a G League game, per McMillan.
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