The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Golden State Warriors in-game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight. If you're a fan of the Cavaliers, you shouldn't expect Cleveland to make any changes to the starting five. According to head coach David Blatt, he is sticking with what got them this far.
Cleveland looked a bit tired in-game 4, but that doesn't concern LeBron James or coach Blatt. The team is going to make adjustments, but the starting five should be the same as it's been up to this point.
One thing the Cleveland Cavaliers could use, is more production from J.R. Smith. He is shooting only 29.8 percent overall and 25 percent from 3, bottoming out with a 2-for-12 performance in Game 4 that included an 0-for-8 mark from downtown.
Moving Smith into the starting five, may not be the answer, but the Cavs have to find a way to make Smith more affective. Cleveland needs to find away to stop throwing up bricks. The Cavs need to drive it into the paint and take it to the hole more often.
It's time for Cleveland to stop relying on low percentage shots. If Cleveland is going to control game 5, they are going to have to drive into the paint more often than not. LeBron James can't do it all by himself, but he can certainly test the Warriors defense by driving it into the paint more often.
There's talk about Blatt giving more minutes to Miller, and Shawn Marion, I'll believe that when I see it. Both of those guys have experience in the finals, and both players could help the Cleveland Cavaliers pull off a victory on the road tonight.
The Cavaliers should be well rested coming into tonight's game, and if they can get back to playing solid defense and find away to get around the Warriors defense, this should be another pretty close game.
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