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5 Areas The Cleveland Cavaliers Need To Improve This Season

With the NBA season 17 games deep for our Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s about time we can assess what’s working and what’s not. Starting the season off 13-4, an Eastern Conference best, isn’t a bad start, but there is still some room for improvement with our Cavs. We look at the five areas the Cavs need the most work.

1. Free Throw Shooting

So far this season, the Cavaliers suck from the line, it’s as simple as that. It’s a tossup between LeBron James and J.R. Smith for the lowlight here. While averaging 7.3 free throw attempts a game, James is shooting a woeful 62% from the line. How on earth could Smith be worse than that you ask? He’s shooting 33% from the line.

As a team, Cleveland have the third worst free throw percentage in the entire league. The only teams shooting worse than the Cavs are the Clippers and Detroit, which makes sense with each team having DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond respectively.

Free throw shooting may not seem like much, but it really can be the difference in winning and losing games. Cleveland have lost three games so far this season. The first was the lost to the Bulls on opening night by 2 points, Cleveland went 10-17 at the line. Second, losing to the Bucks by 3 in 2OT, Cleveland went 17-27 from the line. Thirdly, losing to the Pistons by 5, going 12-20 from the line. Those foul shot attempts are the difference in an undefeated season so far.

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