Author of his two best games of the season almost in quick succession this week, with 26 points against Boston and 23 points against Phoenix, Cedi Osman was certainly not able to stem the negative spiral in which the Cavs are currently caught, on five row lapels. But, at least he found himself.
« Its role is to be a spark off the bench », explains JB Bickerstaff for Cleveland.com. “Take and return your open shots and facilitate the attack when you need to. We tried to simplify his role as best we could. He’s taken this head on and he’s trying to do what’s best for the team. He became a star in his role. «
After a very difficult season last season, 10 points at 37% success including a small 31% at 3-points, the Turkish international wanted to bounce back. Without stability, balanced between position 3 and position 4 according to the needs of the team, he had never found his rhythm. And he even became the butt of criticism for fans.
Ghostly at the start of the season, with minutes in the garbage time against the Clippers then a « DNP » against the Lakers, Cedi Osman had the click the next match, against Phoenix. Since his 20-point game against the Suns, he has started to regain minutes. And rhythm.
“I transformed. I came in and did the right deeds, got a few shots and fought in defense. I feel good at the moment. Since that match, I feel confident. I play my game. I know my role. I’m just trying to do what’s best for the team. «
Osman has a boulevard
With 14 points at 48% success including 41% at 3-points, plus 4 rebounds and 2 assists in his last 11 games, and this consistently with only three outings under 10 points, Cedi Osman has perfectly met the expectations of his coaching staff. Even if the results do not follow yet …
« Considering the scoring that we lost due to injuries, he took up the torch rather well », likes JB Bickerstaff. “When our bench comes into play, we don’t lose ground. He played well on both sides of the field. He took up the defensive challenge too. Cedi produces great basketball, he exceeded our expectations in his role. «
In a system more open to the pass, Cedi Osman has become a formidable finisher because he is always on the raise, and is well on attack placed, or also offers on cuts without the ball. Above all, stabilized in a simplified role, with assured minutes in the rotation, it is launched.
“I try to be more aggressive but I let the game come to me. I am ready to take my responsibilities for the second unit ” he concludes thus.