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ATTACK MODE FOR LEBRON JAMES – The King must not settle for jump shots, he must attack the basket and get to the free-throw line. He’s only shooting 17% from three point country this postseason, but he’s shooting 53% from inside the arc. Don’t settle, attack and shoot a minimum of 8 free throws every game the rest of the playoffs.


IT’S NOT MILLER TIME – Start James Jones, Tristan Thompson or even Shawn Marion and bring Mike Miller off the bench against the Bulls backups. Also give Kendrick Perkins some minutes as the backup center in this contest and let him throw his weight around against Joakim Noah.


HACK A NOAH – Speaking of Noah. Other teams use this strategy to their advantage so why not the Cavs? Joakim Noah is 1 for 12 from the free-throw line this postseason. Why not use that to your advantage, foul him and make him go to the free-throw line and try and score two points on two separate shots. Odds say he won’t do that.


5 GUYS ON A STRING – Communicate and figure out how to play the Bulls Pick n Roll and the Pick n Pop as a team vs Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol. The defense has to challenge those two, as well as every shot taken by Chicago’s perimeter shooters. The Cavs defense was horrific in Game #1 allowing the Bulls to shoot 50% from the field and 55% from the 3-point line, while only creating 10 turnovers against a team who came in to the series averaging over 17 turnovers a game in the postseason.


OFFENSIVE IMAN – Iman Shumpert, like he did against Boston with 15 points and in Game #1 against Chicago with 22 points, Shump must continue to score and be that third wheel to provide some offense along with LeBron and Kyrie.


BLATT BETTER COACH BETTER – Cavs had coach David Blatt needs to make better in game decisions and adjustments. He needs to call timeouts quicker and match up better with Chicago’s personnel. He was one of the main reasons the Cavaliers lost Game #1.


PICK UP THE PACE – The Cavs only scored two fast-break points in Game #1. The Cavaliers must pick up the tempo and push the ball to get easy baskets so Chicago can’t set up its half-court defense. Remember Chicago is 29-1 when they hold opponents to 92 points or less. Pick up the pace; score more than 92 points and you increase your chance of winning greatly.


PROTECT AND REBOUND – LeBron James must take better care of the basketball and the team must continue to value the basketball. Also the Cavaliers don’t necessarily need to dominate the boards but at least be even with Chicago in the rebounding category going against their BIGS with Kevin Love gone for the rest of the playoffs.



Cavaliers beat reporter Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joins me to talk about Mike Miller and James Jones joining LeBron James in Cleveland and when the Cavs trade for Kevin Love does that make them the favorites in the Eastern Conference?

Mike Miller and James Jones Jersey Photo


Mike Miller and James Jones Jersey Photo

Two of the newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers met with the media on Wednesday, as Mike Miller and James Jones talked about their reasons why they chose Cleveland and their goals for the 2014-15 season.


As the Cavaliers wait for the NBA’s 30 day rule to pass to decide if they will include rookie Andrew Wiggins in a potential trade with Minnesota for Kevin Love, the team today officially signed free agents Mike Miller and James Jones.

Both had verbally agreed to join the Cavs recently but hadn’t signed contracts until today.

The two former South Beach teammates of LeBron James are known for their 3-point shooting and contributed to the Heat winning two titles in Miami.

Miller, a 6’8 -220 pound small forward is 34 years old with 14 years of NBA experience. He averaged only 7 points per game last year for Memphis, but shot a combined 47 percent from beyond the arc for the Grizzlies in the regular season and playoffs. He’ll have a similar role here with the Cavs, shooting the three and spreading the floor when he’s in the game. Miller will wear #18.

Mike Miller 2

Photo courtesy of BleacherReport.com

Jones is also a 6’8 small forward who averaged just less than 5 points per game last season for Miami. Like Miller, he is known for his long range accuracy. In a combined 35 games last year between the regular season and the post-season for the Heat, Jones connect on exactly 50 percent of his 3-point shots. The 33 year old Jones has chosen #1 to be on the front and back of his Cavaliers jersey.

Both Miller and Jones have a career 3-point shooting percentage of over 40 percent in their combined 25 years in the Association.