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Monday update: Casspi's spot is safe, Samuels' in jeopardy

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2012

Byron Scott used every 10 games as a measuring stick last season to gauge progress and plans to do the same this season, but don't expect major changes to the lineup when the Cavs surpass the 10-game mark Thursday at Phoenix.

Scott said he's still content with the way Omri Casspi has performed despite his shooting woes, but one player in danger of losing time now is Samardo Samuels.

Semih Erden played five minutes in Sunday's loss to the Trail Blazers and Scott expects that to increase to about 10 minutes Tuesday against the Jazz. That leaves fewer minutes for Samuels, who looks lost as the backup center to Anderson Varejao.

Samuels was benched last week against the Bobcats for lack of focus, missed the game in Toronto because of a lost passport, committed five fouls in four minutes against the Timberwolves and had five turnovers Sunday against the Blazers. Needless to say, with Erden returning, it was a bad time to have a lousy week.

"From a coach’s standpoint, you can't have four or five bad games, you’re almost giving me no choice but to look elsewhere," Scott said. "With the way he’s playing, do I stick with him or try to find another piece who can help us in this puzzle that we have? I haven’t made up my mind yet."

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