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KENNY’S KEYS TO A CAVS GAME #2 WIN
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.
LEBRON JAMES POSTGAME VS NETS 12-19-14
PODCAST WITH CAVS BEAT REPORTER RICK NOLAND 8-6-14
MIKE MILLER – JAMES JONES CAVS PRESS CONFERENCE
CAVS OFFICIALLY SIGN LONG RANGE BOMBERS
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.
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.
POTENTIAL CAVS HEADLINES THIS YEAR
Here’s my top 5 so far:
5) WIZARDS UNABLE TO DETHRONE KING JAMES
4) LOVE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS
3) MILLER TIME AND SPECIAL SHOT FUEL CELEBRATION
2) WAITERS TREY SERVING UP WINS
1) DAVID GRIFFIN MAKING LOVE A TOP PRIORITY
Alright let’s see if you can do better than that. Leave me comments at the bottom of this blog with your best potential Cavs Headlines for this upcoming season.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS DEPTH CHART AS OF 7-16-14
Head Coach – David Blatt Associate Head Coach – Tyronn Lue
(My projected starters in CAPS)
PG – KYRIE IRVING, Matthew Dellavedova
SG – ANDREW WIGGINS, Dion Waiters, Joe Harris, Carrick Felix
SF – LeBRON JAMES, Mike Miller, James Jones
PF – TRISTAN THOMPSON, Anthony Bennett, Dwight Powell
C – ANDERSON VAREJAO, Brandan Haywood
Keep in mind the versatility of this roster G.M. David Griffin has assembled:
Andrew Wiggins can and will play small forward as well as shooting guard.
Anthony Bennett will swing between the small forward and power forward positions.
Mike Miller will play shooting guard along with small forward.
Kyrie Irving will be used at shooting guard at times.
Dion Waiters will handle the point guard duties at various spots throughout the season.
LeBron James will play the 1, 2, 3, 4 and maybe even the 5 position, depending on match ups.
Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson can both play power forward and center.
KENNY RODA ON 92.3 with BULL AND FOX TALKING MIKE MILLER AND CAVS
Enjoyed my conversation today with Bull and Fox on 92.3 The Fan. If you missed it, you can listen to my breakdown of the Cavs adding Mike Miller, Kevin Love trade rumors and more Cavs talk right here – http://cleveland.cbslocal.com/2014/07/15/kenny-roda-says-im-glad-they-got-mike-miller-now-go-out-and-get-ray-allen/ …
IT’S MILLER TIME IN CLEVELAND
After signing LeBron James, David Griffin’s next job as Cavs G.M. was to find shooters to surround him with. ESPN’s Chris Broussard was first to report that 34 year old Mike Miller will join the Cavaliers to fill one of those roles.
The former Magic, Grizzly and Heat three point specialist will reportedly sign a 2-year, $5.5 million dollar deal to play with his good buddy LeBron James once again. Miller reportedly turned down more money in Denver to come play with James in Cleveland.
Here’s what Miller had to say via Twitter/Instagram –
By @letitflymm13 “Thanks to Memphis for a great year!! But I’m so excited to be a part of the Cleveland family and their fans. The only thing you can expect from me is everything I have! Thanks for the opportunity #letitfly” So excited to reunite with u my brother(James)! I know I don’t even need to tell you this but I will “Let It Fly”. #RocketLauncher #BangBang #StriveForGreatness
Last season Miller shot 46% from beyond the arc in the regular season for Memphis and then 48% from 3-point country in the playoffs for the Grizz. He was part of a bench bunch that played a big role in helping the Heat and LeBron James win back-to-back titles in 2012-13. However last season Miami amnestied Miller and he ended up with the Grizzlies and the Heat missed his production in the Finals loss to the Spurs.
Miller has played in 85 playoff games in his career. He’s averaged just over 5 points per game, but he affects the game in more ways than just with his point total. Defenses have to be aware of him when he is on the floor because he can knock it down from anywhere which leaves space on the hardwood for his teammates to drive to the basket.
In the last three post-seasons, Miller shot over 43% from beyond the arc and that’s what he’ll be asked to do here in Cleveland. Make shots from long range, space the floor and come up big in the post-season.
The Cavaliers have not commented yet on Miller’s status.