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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.



MVP  –  Kevin Durant                                                         Runner Up  –  LeBron James


Rookie of the Year  –   Michael Carter-Williams             Runner Up  –  Victor Oladipo


Defensive Player of the Year –   Roy Hibbert                  Runner Up  –  Joakim Noah


6th Man of the Year –   Jamal Crawford                           Runner Up  –  Taj Gibson


Most Improved Player –   Anthony Davis                        Runner Up  –  Goran Dragic


Coach of the Year –   Greg Popovich                               Runner Up  –  Jeff Hornacek

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Most Surprising Team –   Toronto Raptors                     Runner Up  –  Phoenix Suns

Most Disappointing Team –   N.Y. Knicks                        Runner Up  –  Cleveland Cavaliers

Best Free Agent Move –   Al Jefferson                              Runner Up  –  Paul Milsap

Worst Free Agent Move –   Andrew Bynum                     Runner Up  –  Josh Smith


All NBA 1st Team –  Kevin Durant, LeBron James, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge,                                                           Steph Curry

All NBA 2nd Team –  Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Al Jefferson/Joakim Noah(Tie),                                                    Paul George

All NBA Rookie 1st Team – Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke,                                                                             Ben McLemore, Gorgui Dieng

NBA Rookie Not Squad –  Anthony Bennett, OttoPorter , Alex Len, Shabazz Muhammed,                                                            Cody Zeller