I sit and watch the Cleveland Cavaliers glide up and down the basketball court and several things seem so clear to me. Maybe because I do not have the job as Head Coach with none of the pressure, it is easier to “arm-chair” quarterback but even with that said, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see that there is a lot of things not happening that should be especially when it comes down to NBA Tournament style Basketball. Here are my observations.
The Cleveland Cavaliers remind me so much of the Chicago Cubs in that it appears that they play like they do not deserve to be in the NBA Finals. They get to a certain point in the series and they began to forget what got them there in the first place. LeBron James is an All-Star and a legitimate MVP but he alone can never do it by himself. Even Superman had Super Friends. The team has got to have at least three (3) others who can pick up the slack regarding scoring and right now they all seem to falter. There are times when a team must play as a team but when your superstar is struggling to carry his weight others must then elevate their game. Shack is more than willing to help but he gets one foul called on him and the unit stops going inside to him. The total number of fouls required to foul out is six (6) so keep the ball coming in when the jump shots are not falling. As they double him, he will find the open man. Stop waiting on the referees to save you. They are not there as the teams sixth and seventh man. If you get the call great, if you don’t never ever stop playing. There are certain teams that you can run on all game long and some that you can’t. Know which of those that you are playing. Boston Celtics can not keep up with this team so run all game; Orlando Magic on the other hand may be a very different team so tread lightly. All this and Moe Williams is something that fits squarely in the lap of Mike Brown. If defense is his thing and the opposition scores over ninety (90) points on you, defense might need some adjusting.
Regarding Moe Williams, Mr. Williams does not seem to be able to handle Rondo and to me does not show any viable “floor general” ability when LeBron is not on the floor. You need your point guard to be the coach on the floor and be decisive. Yes there will be mistakes made but if you primary mission is to shoot three pointers or jump shots, then may be you need to re-examine your role. Point guards need to be the one getting the rest of the team involved in the game by sacrificing their shots. Only by doing that will you lull the other team into believing that you don’t have one and just when you need that three points or even a two its there. It’s as if taking the basket to the hole is taboo. If nothing else you draw fouls and if you begin to go to the basket at the beginning of the game before the end of the third quarter you will have so many of the opposition so afraid of fouling that they may just carry you to the basket themselves.
I am, by no means an expert but even I can see that there is too much of a wait time, looking for LeBron to heat up. No man is an island unto himself, if you are going to help him then do so, if not please stop pretending. Just my thought, I could be wrong.