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Cavaliers' C.J. Miles adapting to new role with new team

Veteran C.J. Miles played 389 games over seven seasons for the Utah Jazz. He signed with Cleveland this offseason, and has gotten off to something of a slow start through two games.


Cavaliers guard C.J. Miles can attest to the difference between starting and coming off the bench in the NBA.

He was so nervous before Cleveland's season-opener against Washington on Oct. 30, he shot 1-for-5 from the floor as the Cavaliers defeated the Wizards, 94-84. He also turned the ball over three times.

Not exactly a great start for the seven-year veteran. He said it just wasn't something he was used to, after starting 14 games for Utah in 2011-12.

"I didn't expect to be like that," Miles told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "It's not like it's my first rodeo, you know? But it felt like it was."

It was his first game as a Cavalier. He played 389 games for the Jazz since the 2005-06 season, making 159 starts and averaging 19 minutes a contest. The Cavaliers were intrigued by his ability to lead the team's second unit this season after averaging 12.3 points a game mostly as Utah's sixth man in 2011-12.

He shot a little better in the Cavs' second game — a 115-86 loss at home to Chicago Friday — scoring eight points in 18 minutes, and only turning the ball over once.

Maybe he's getting more comfortable in his new role.

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