CANTON,Ohio- The Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in a win or go home situation from here on out. Game 5 of the NBA finals in tonight and I fully expect the Warriors to close out the series at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
I’ve been listening to sports talk radio all day long just to get a feel for what the “experts” think of tonight’s game. Surprisingly, I’m hearing half and half.
I do not think the suspension of Draymond Green will throw Golden State off of their game enough for Cleveland to win. The Warriors have been built to sustain losses like this.
What I must see out of the Cavs tonight is a team with a sense of urgency and most importantly, a team that is focused. I did not see much of that in game 4.
LeBron James must attack from the get go and stop worrying about getting all of his teammates involved. Once they see James get rolling, they find their comfort zone and get a better feel for the game and play better.
ABOUT KEVIN LOVE- Trust me when I say this thought has crossed my mind in the previous couple weeks. The possibility of trading Love.
Some of you may think I’m crazy while some of you probably have been thinking about this for awhile now.
This is how I see it. If Cleveland decides they want to keep Love, they must MUST learn how to use him better. Kevin is not a great outside shooter. Love should not be taking more than three to five 3 point shots a game unless he hits his first 2 in a row. If that’s the case then go ahead and take a heat check shot.
I’ve been saying for a long time now that Love is an inside outside player. That means Love must start in the paint and gradually work his way out. I would love to see Kevin take more mid range shots. Especially from the elbows of the free throw line. That’s the corners in case you didn’t know.
At the beginning of the year I said I wanted both Irving and Love to be averaging between 23 and 27 points per game. After that I wanted James to be around 20 PPG.
Irving also needs to be leading the team in assists and that hasn’t been the case. This is James’ team but Irving is still the future due to his contract and most importantly his age.
I don’t know if Love is being told to be more of a perimeter guy or if he prefers to be out there but the bottom line with Kevin Love is this. Either primarily be a low post to mid range player and be very selective on your 3 point shots or the Cavaliers are going to have to figure something out during the Summer because Love shooting 3 pointers most of the time isn’t going to work.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis