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5 Cavs Who Need To Step Up Their Games To Avoid Elimination

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The Cleveland Cavaliers fell in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and are now on the brink of elimination with Game 6 back at home on Tuesday night. This series, with the exception of Game 4, has been relatively close. The Cavs just got away from their game plan and ran out of gas. J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Matthew Dellavedova combined to shoot 7-35 from the field, including 3-22 from downtown in that blowout fourth game. Clearly, some of these Cavs have to step up their game if Cleveland has any hope of winning a championship. Here are the top five players who have to step up their game, starting with number five:

5. Matthew Dellavedova, Point Guard

With Kyrie’s season ending in Game 1 due to a fractured kneecap, the torch has been passed to Matthew Dellavedova. Delly has come up big throughout the playoffs, but the Finals have put him to the ultimate test. After having a phenomenal Game 3, Delly wasn’t as hot in Game 4, only shooting 2-12 from the field and 0-8 from beyond the arc. With no Kyrie, Delly has one of the most important roles on the Cavs now, and he needs to continue to perform like he did in Game 3 in order to take the series.

Click “Next” to see the fourth most important player the Cavs need to have step up!

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