Guard Lester Hudson might not know the Cavaliers' offense as well as many of his teammates, but he's certainly not showing it on the court. He had 23 points, two rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the Cavs' 84-80 win over Toronto on Friday.
With injuries to guards Kyrie Irving (sprained shoulder) and Daniel Gibson (foot surgery), Hudson has been pressed into the role of backup point guard.
"I have to learn on the go, watching film with the coaches, trying to learn as quickly as I can," Hudson said.
Hudson, who has now played for four NBA teams, has been given a crash course on the offense from Cavs assistant coach Joe Prunty, their "offensive coordinator."
"(We huddle) after practice, before practice, after shoot-around, before games, trying to get comfortable real quick," Hudson said.
The Cavs (18-35) snapped a nine-game losing streak on Friday.
Hudson, 27, has traveled the world this year playing professional basketball. Thinking the lockout would last longer than it did, he signed with the Chinese Basketball Association's Qingdao DoubleStar. He averaged 33.6 points per game, second only to J.R. Smith for the scoring title.
When that season concluded, he joined the D-League's Austin Toros for six games. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was then summoned to the Cavs on March 30 when he signed a 10-day contract. Now, when it expires after Sunday's game, he'll likely be signed for the rest of the season and perhaps next year as well.
Hudson has averaged 10 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in five games with the Cavs. He'll continue his surge on Sunday in New Jersey.
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