The playoffs certainly have not gone the way the Cavs had hoped up to this point. The team is currently down in their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers two games to one with Game 4 coming Sunday night. Their 2-1 series deficit is a result of several reasons except for the defense, surprisingly.
Due to the team’s struggles so far in the series, Cedi Osman is one name that has been floated around by some as a person that should see an increase of minutes during the playoffs.
Since defense has not been the Cavs’ issue in stopping the Pacers so far, Osman may not be much of an improvement. Osman has not been much of a dominant force offensively and because of it, Osman may actually hurt the team.
In the past 10 games, six of the Cavs’ top-10 scorers over that stretch are scoring less than their regular season average. While Osman is scoring an average of 6.0 PPG in his last seven games played, it is clear that despite showing promising signs and bursts of output during the season, he remains low on the team’s scoring totem pole.
If defense was one of the main reasons or even the sole reason, the team is down two games to one, this would be a different conversation. Osman is one of the team’s high energy guys and will always bring a level of efforts fans wish they consistently saw from other players.
If it means anything, Osman’s plus-minus rating is +3.9 when on the court, although while off the court, it dips to just +3.4. When it’s all said and done, the team plays relatively the same whether Osman is on the court or not, meaning he is mostly a non-factor.
While the Cavs certainly have their share of struggles that need to be worked on, Osman is not the answer to the team’s problems. Fans will always appreciate his effort and high energy and can’t wait to see what he will bring to the team next season.
We all hope it won’t be due to a certain someone leaving the team for a second time, taking the city’s championship hopes with him.
Time to play these remaining games out and begin the waiting game.