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'Disappointing' season angers Samuels

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Forward-center Samardo Samuels makes himself mad when he looks back on the 2011-12 season.

Samuels came into the season with such high hopes. Instead, he found himself sitting on the bench for much of the season. He's appeared in 51 of the Cavs' 63 games. He's averaging just 15 minutes a game.

"In my mind, it was (a disappointing season)," he said. "Every time I think about it, I get mad."

He's been making a positive change to his season in the last seven games: 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.6 turnovers and shooting 47 percent from the field. That included back-to-back 15-point games.

"I want to end on a good note heading into next year," Samuels said. "I'm trying to finish the season strong. In my mind, it hasn't gone like I've wanted it to go. It wasn't the season I was hoping for. I'll use these games as a chance to get better. I'm going back to the drawing board this summer."

He said he reported to camp at 265 pounds thinking he was going to play a lot of center. However, coach Byron Scott thought he was out of shape and sat him early in the season. He got down to 253 pounds, which has helped his production.

"If I had come into training camp like that, maybe my season would have been better for me," Samuels said.

Once the season started, he found himself buried on the bench behind Anderson Varejao, Semih Erden, since-departed Ryan Hollins and rookie Tristan Thompson at center.

"It's tricky," he said. "Being a guy that's undrafted, there's much you have to deal with. I've been trying to deal with it and grow from it.

"It's been a tough year. Part of that was largely my fault, staying focused and being ready. I was worried about not playing and messing up."

The Louisville product is averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds on the season. He got in early foul trouble against San Antonio on Sunday and managed just five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

The Cavs travel to Memphis on Monday.
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