Sloan’s Defense Determining Minutes
Donald Sloan went from the primary backup at point guard to completely out of the rotation within the first 10 games of the season. Injuries throughout the backcourt and an improvement on defense has Sloan back in coach Byron Scott’s rotation, at least for now.
Sloan, however, had no idea that his defense was what cost him his job.
“I honestly didn’t know that,” he said. “I feel like I gave the same effort that I’ve always given defensively. I really try to pick up guys and turn them, be aggressive with them. Now that I know that’s the reason, now I’ll make a conscious effort to do it a little more.”
With Dion Waiters missing Monday’s game at Detroit with a sprained ankle, Sloan again served as the primary backup to Jeremy Pargo. Scott pushed Pargo ahead of Sloan in the Cavs’ rotation a few weeks ago because he considers Pargo the better defender, but said Monday he likes the way Sloan has been defending lately — even though Sloan doesn’t see much of a difference in his own play.