Samuels misses Toronto game with passport issues

The Sports Xchange

Because of a passport snafu, forward Samardo Samuels didn't travel with the team to Toronto after Tuesday's game.

He wasn't available to play against the Raptors, who blasted the Cavs (3-3) on Wednesday, 92-77.

Samuels, who will be 23 on Jan. 9, is a native of Jamaica. Apparently he misplaced his passport. He's reportedly applied for a new one, but it takes time to get a new one -- not enough time for Wednesday's game in Canada. The Cavs were aware of the problem, but could not fight through the red tape.

It's been an eventful season already for the 6-foot-9, 260-pounder. He drew the ire of Coach Byron Scott last week when he said Samuels showed up to training camp with a conditioning problem.

That was why Ryan Hollins served as the backup center in the season opener against Toronto on Dec. 26. After discussing Samuels' conditioning issue before the Detroit game on Dec. 28, he inserted him in the lineup and he played well that night.

However, Scott complained of Samuels' lack of rebounding and found himself on the bench in the 115-101 win over Charlotte on Tuesday.

Samuels will rejoin the team in Minnesota for the Timberwolves game on Friday. He's averaging 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in four games this season.

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