6 Keys For The Cavs To Win The NBA Finals
1. Bench Production
While David Blatt’s lineups have been changing throughout the postseason, he consistently usually plays 8. Delly went back to his bench role when Irving made his return in Game 1, but he’ll be starting the rest of the way with Kyrie out. Either way, the Cavs bench needs to continue to produce if the Cavs want a chance at winning the Finals. While LeBron has been playing extraordinarily well, he still needs some support. With J.R. Smith solidifying his 6th man role along with James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert, and maybe even Mike Miller or Kendrick Perkins, the Cavs bench should be able to give the starters some rest and support. Smith has been the headline of the bench during the postseason, knocking down some clutch 3s and averaging 13.5 ppg. Shumpert also adds 10.1 ppg, as well as being a defensive threat, averaging a steal and a block per game. It will be interesting to see how Coach Blatt utilizes Shump’s speed on defense. Another support from beyond the arc is James Jones, who is shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc during the postseason. The Cavs will have to go deeper into the bench rotation and keep it pretty diverse while having as many scoring threats as possible. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Thompson stayed in to round out the other guys and help make an impact against the Warriors, but he’ll need more than just two points in the next game.