Cleveland Cavaliers offseason acquisition C.J. Miles is struggling early on this season, and he is the first to admit that the pressure of a new organization is affecting him.
Through three games, Miles is 4-of-22 from the field, an 18 percent clip, with only 10 total points. He is averaging more than two turnovers per game compared to only 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
Miles spent seven seasons with the Utah Jazz before signing with the Cavaliers this offseason. Over the past four seasons, Miles has averaged around 10 points per game in approximately 20 minutes of action. But his past success has not translated to Cleveland early on. Miles is the first to admit that his play is unacceptable, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.
"I'm pressing," Miles admitted after Saturday's game. "Even my mom texted me. She can see it. She said from the preseason until now, I look totally different. Body language -- I'm not as under control. I'm hurrying everything I'm trying to do."
As a veteran in the NBA, Miles knows how to bust out of his slump, but the pressure he feels in Cleveland makes this a unique situation. And he has felt the pressure since Day 1.
"I've felt like that since the second I signed," he said. "I do have something to prove, that's not even a question. It's something I have to do, but I'm not going to do it doing what I'm doing right now. . .I've got a day to clear my head. This isn't my first year, I know it can change real fast. It just takes a couple minutes. Just play hard is the biggest thing."