How To Fix The Cavs

David Blatt, head coach of the Cavs

Blatt has to figure out a way to get the most out of his 2nd and 3rd best scorers in the same game. The Warriors jumped out to an 8-2 first quarter lead with their “small ball” lineup before Blatt inserted J.R. Smith in place of Timofey Mozgov. The change paid immediate dividends for the Cavs, as they outscored the Warriors 48-43 in the first half while Mozgov sat on the bench and Smith drained 4 three-pointers in route to 14 pts. Blatt stuck with that lineup change for the rest of the game and this ultimately cost the Cavaliers. Mozgov didn’t score or garner a single rebound while playing 5 minutes in the 1st half and 9 minutes total the entire game. Yes, Mozgov is the same player who scored a career-high 28 pts and grabbed 10 rebounds in Game 4. Smith logged 36 minutes in Game 5 and went scoreless in the 2nd half.

Here are the solutions to the Cavs’ problems:

1. Start Smith in place of Matthew Dellavedova. I know Dellavedova had success in Games 2 and 3 of the series as a starter; however, he’s 5-23 from the field the last two games and is not providing the same defensive intensity he did early in the series. Dellavedova has gone 3-14 from 3-point range the last two games including 1-5 in Game 5. Dellavedova’s recent struggles allowed the Warriors to double team Mozgov early in Game 5 to force turnovers and bad shots. By starting Smith it creates the floor spacing necessary for LeBron James and Mozgov to operate.

2. The Cavaliers also need Mozgov on the floor to continue to outrebound the Warriors, especially on the offensive end like they did in Game 4, 16-6.

3. Lastly, the final way to fix the Cavaliers is to add Shawn Marion to the rotation if only for 5-7 minutes to give LeBron a much needed blow in the 1st and 3rd quarters. Cleveland needs to divide the minutes up better between everyone else in the 1st three quarters to have a fresher ball club down the stretch. LeBron has been playing the entire 1st and 3rd quarters of these games and it takes a toll on his aggressiveness late because he doesn’t have the energy he needs to attack the Warriors and finish at the rim.

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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