On assignment with the Canton Charge, Larry Sanders scored 8 points on 4-6 shooting, pulled down 6 rebounds and blocked 3 shots in 22 minutes against the Westchester Knicks. On both ends, Sanders was more active and his timing looked better than it did in his debut.
On defense, Sanders’ blocks were a sign that his feel for the game might be coming back. When Knicks players attacked him at the rim, he looked comfortable and went vertical. Physically, he handled himself well against physically bigger players like Marshall Plumlee.
Here a block from the first quarter where he protected the rim one vs. one after the Charge defense broke down:
Later on, he did the same bailed on the Charge defense - only to have what would have been his fourth block negated by a Mike Williams foul:
Sanders, though, did show some continued signs of rust. Late in the fourth, when defending in space, he looked rigid and stuff and was a few seconds too late going for a block:
Offensively, Sanders had a nice offense rebound against Knicks prospect and Ohio University product Maurice Ndour:
It’s unclear if Sanders will play with the Charge again - it’s possible, if not likely, that he’ll play Saturday against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants - but this was a step forward for him on all fronts. It’s also possible that he’ll be called up by the Cavs for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls and then sent down again before Saturday’s Charge game. Cleveland rookie guard Kay Felder could also join him on assignment.
The Charge, though, did lose to the Knicks 108-105. Canton guard John Holland lead all scorers with 28 points and Eric Moreland added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Ndour had 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Knicks. Travis Trice lead Westchester with 26 points.