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NBA Summer League 2016: Cavaliers fall to Nets, 79-73

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Jordan McRae and Kay Felder looked solid, but the Cavs could not beat the Nets.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers' Summer League team fell to the Brooklyn Nets, 79-73. The Cavs kept the game close through three quarters, but the Nets pulled away in the fourth behind a barrage of points from Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick.

Kay Felder looked outstanding today. It seemed apparent that he was the most proficient defender on the court for the Summer Cavs, registering two blocks, snagging six steals and always seeming to be in the right position. He did a great job of fighting through screens and did little things that will help him in the NBA - poking the ball out as he chased a ball-handler around a screen, hedging into the pick to get a feel for where the opponent was, and denying the ball on the wing. Offensively, he took a little bit of a back seat compared to the Bucks game, in which he scored 14 points on 11 shots. Felder finished with six points, but led the team in assists with four, and looked very comfortable as the distributor out of the pick-and-roll.

Jordan McRae led the team in scoring with 27 points, finishing Felder assists and getting a few opportunities to create for himself. He also had 5 steals, as he and Felder did a good job of playing passing lanes and taking advantage of some really bad guard play from the Summer Nets. McRae did have some lapses on the ball though, and he struggled to finish at times at the rim, most notably by airballing a dunk off a lob at the end of the third quarter.

Outside of the two major players, I was impressed with Eric Jacobsen. The 6'10" undrafted rookie from Arizona State scored 6 points and showed nice shooting form from outside, even if he hit just 1-6 from the field. He also was active on the glass, dealing with Lithuanian power forward Egidijus Mockevicius for three quarters and limiting the reigning NCAA rebounding champion to just 4 in 11 minutes. He's a better athlete than he appears and he has the game of a stretch four. I wouldn't be surprised if he's on the Charge this fall.

The Cavs will play again Monday at 8:30PM ET against the Minnesota Timberwolves.