Community Shootaround: Cavs Winning The Finals?

The Cavs lost their first two games of the NBA Finals by a combined 48 points. Neither Klay Thompson nor Stephen Curry had monumental games for the Warriors. Instead, it was the team’s depth that mechanically wore down Cleveland. Perhaps there are some adjustments that coach Tyronn Lue can make, but it seems unlikely that this team can compete with all the talent that Golden State has.

So that brings us to tonight’s topic: Is there any way the Cavs can wins this series?

Could they decide to dust off Timofey Mozgov and attempt to recapture some of the success they had during last year’s finals where they went big and governed the paint? Kevin Love is talented, but he’s hasn’t played like a traditional big man since he was in Minnesota. Is it time to reduce his minutes? Love has the ability to be a major force and perhaps the Cavs can make adjustments in order to benefit from their $110MM big man without sending him to the bench. Perhaps there are better solutions to make this series more competitive.

Should Richard Jefferson being playing meaningful minutes at this point in his career? That’s where I’d begin if I were tasked with mustering up a comeback performance for Cleveland during these finals. Tell us what you would do. What adjustments would you make if you were in control of the Cavs?

Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. We look forward to what you have to say.

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aarongill
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aarongill
3 months 23 days ago

Hell no they can’t win the series.

mikey
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mikey
3 months 23 days ago

Agreed. It’s over and they can’t do anything about it.

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
3 months 22 days ago

Hope Green, Curry, and Thompson all get really really sick. But they still probably lose in 7. With Iggy coming away with his second finales MVP.

Jon
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Jon
3 months 23 days ago

The Cav totally need to outrebound the Warriors. Once that’s established the must contiously score and play D. LebronJames must stop forcing shots and attempting to go 3pter for 3pter with GSW. get fouls early especially on Curry, Thompson. Also move the ball a hell of a lot more !

Hoopsfan
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Hoopsfan
3 months 23 days ago

It is more about will than skill. They look as if they thought the refs were going to bail them out. Until they grow up, it is going to be a no win situation.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 23 days ago

LeBron has to be more aggressive and Kyrie and JR need to hit their shots. Love also has to be aggressive and hit his shots if he comes back. I don’t think the Cavs win this series, but that’s really their only hope. Richard Jefferson getting significant minutes is fine as long as he isn’t being a liability defensively and doesn’t try to do too much on offense.

Nat
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Nat
3 months 23 days ago
So your saying if the Cavs ‘hit shots’ they can win, that’s deep man What about strategy? Lue has gone two games without finding an effective lineup. Leaving Draymond open isn’t working, they do need to keep Jefferson off the floor, I agree with that Maybe play Thompson or Love at the 5 Lebron @ the 4 Then smith, shump and kyrie From that lineup switch every screen like OKC did and at least your contesting every shot that way. They seem to like posting up Lebron which hasn’t been all that effective Spread the floor with some shooters and… Read more »
the dude
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the dude
3 months 23 days ago

Maybe he said that because he didn’t have time to write an essay defending a team that’s going to lose to one of the best teams the NBA has ever seen.

JT19
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JT19
3 months 22 days ago
My point was that the other guys have to start hitting their shots at a better %. You can strategize all you want, but if the team is shooting terribly, strategy doesn’t mean squat. JR, Kyrie, and Love (if he comes back) have to hit at least 40% of their shots. The three of them, plus LeBron, have to be more aggressive with finding their shot but also can’t be trying to match three pointer-for-three pointer, even if that’s their strength. You want strategy? If the Cavs make their shots, that prevents the fast break and allows them to set… Read more »
Thronson5
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Thronson5
3 months 23 days ago

I honestly think if they played a perfect series they could’ve won this but no way will they win it now. Think they are realizing they are in a way weaker conference and are actually playing a great team finally and that’s not to take anything away from the teams they played but the East just can’t compete with the West. I think Lebron better start looking at building a different super star team if he wants another ring

Andrew C.
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Andrew C.
3 months 23 days ago
What the Cavs could try is to foul far more frequently but have them be smarter fouls i.e. when tempo favors GS, a player who’s a poor free throw shooter has the ball, etc. Basically max-out on the number of fouls you commit without having your own players foul out too early in the game or allowing those fouls to bail GS on relatively poor possessions (almost nonexistent but still). This will hopefully make the pace painfully slow and would give the games a different dynamic, which is all the Cavs can really hope for in terms of finding solutions.… Read more »
JT19
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JT19
3 months 22 days ago

The only problems with that is that Kerr has been quick to pull guys who can’t hit their free throws when teams start to employ the Hack-a-Shaq and that most of GS can hit their free throws at a respectable rate (with Ezeli and Bogut being the exceptions).

Cory
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Cory
3 months 23 days ago

Lebron needs to lead by example,and show his guys what it takes get a win

mkeving
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mkeving
3 months 23 days ago

They need to fix their defensive strategy. Golden State is expert at finding the open man so always doubling Steph and Klay isn’t going to work. I wouldn’t completely abandon that but only do it when one of them catches fire. Always leaving someone wide open (often under the basket) is not really going well for the Cavs.

Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
3 months 23 days ago

Maybe next year? Just kidding, they still won’t win next year. They’re from Cleveland.

John
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John
3 months 23 days ago

They need to play more physical d and stop over reacting on curry and Thompson they need to start shumpert and mozgov and give jefferson more min cavs cant hang with that small ball lineup im a cavs fan but i believe the cavs bench isnt deep enough or skilled enough to compete with golden state

slicenslash
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slicenslash
3 months 23 days ago
I agree, start Mosgov for a defensive on the baseline. Hopefully that will alter alot of the shots GSW get off the free releases from backcuts. Start Shumpert for better defense initially, and hopefully JR Smith off the bench will allow him more free reign to get up shots & get off. If Kevin Love is healthy start him & hope for the best, if not start Lebron at the 4 and navigate the wings with any combination of Jefferson, Shumpert, or JR. Going Big & staying Big is important, becuz eventually Steve Kerr will respond by putting the lineup… Read more »
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