The Cavaliers have been missing Isaac Okoro’s presence of late

Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) /
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There were some nice early-season signs from Okoro on offense

Okoro is never going to be a world beater on the offensive end, but, him having 9.5 points per contest and hitting 40.0 percent of his three-point attempts in early-season action offered some reasoning for optimism about his outlook. There was also seemingly some less hesitation and continued improvements in his shooting stroke.

Of course, Okoro is never going to be a volume shooter, whether he’s playing as a spot starter, as was in his earlier appearances, or off the bench. There still are limitations with him on offense as well, which did play some into his offensive rating being the lowest of Cleveland’s regular rotation players so far, at 99.4.

However, Cleveland often during that time having Garland, and at points other out, didn’t help guys like Okoro, along with Max Strus and Georges Niang.

Either way, even with the advanced splits in mind and a small sample size, there were some promising self-creation flashes from Okoro in that time. And perhaps when Okoro returns, when he is fully back, per se, there can be some more of that. With the Cavaliers looking to push the pace more, Okoro can attack occasionally after rebounds, or as a quick transition outlet in his stretches on the floor.

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Needless to say, with what he had been providing early on, the Wine and Gold have missed Okoro of late. Hopefully, he’s back sooner than later.