By Kenny Roda
Just seven games into the season and with a 2-5 record, a lot of the warts are starting to show as to why I picked the Cavs to only win 28 games this year and why they will be back in the NBA lottery.
The Bench – Other than Boobie Gibson and rookie first-round pick Tyler Zeller, the rest of the bench has been horrible. C.J. Miles can’t throw it in the ocean while standing on the bow of the sinking Titanic and has been taken out of the rotation as of last night’s game versus Oklahoma City. I’m not sure if he is pouting because he didn’t win the starting job or is just in a slump. Omri Casspi is a joke and the rest of the bench bums are there just to fill out the roster. Byron Scott should either put Miles in the starting line up at small forward and bring Alonzo Gee off the bench for energy and points, or when he goes to his bench keep either Dion Waiters or Kyrie Irving on the floor with the second unit for scoring. But let’s be honest, that’s only going to help so much because the bench bums stink and are lucky to be playing in the NBA.
Team Defense – The Cavs rank 30th or dead last in Opponent’s Field Goal Percentage, allowing teams to shoot a whopping 50.7% so far. If that continues the Cavs won’t come close to reaching my prediction of 28 wins this season. Also, the Cavs are 27th in the league in giving up 103.4 points per game and their “DIFF” is a minus 6.00, which is 25th in the NBA.
Rebounding – The Cavs are struggling to control the boards, ranking 22nd out of 30 teams in Overall Rebounding. With Byron Scott’s system of wanting to run and score fast break and secondary break points, this is not a good thing. You must be able to defensive rebound, meaning grab your opponents miss. Don’t allow them second chance opportunities in order to get out and run and score in transition. Without controlling the boards, you can’t run. Part of this goes back to team defense. When you allow your opponents to shoot over 50% from the field, there aren’t as many rebounds to grab and go with.
Free Throws – The Cavs rank 29th out of 30 in Team Free Throw Percentage at 65%. You have to cash in at the charity stripe when given the opportunity, especially when you’re struggling in your half-court offense and you’re not getting as many transition baskets as you like.
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