What We Learned: Cavs vs Wizards

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Friday night’s loss to the Wizards was tough to watch. The Cavs were terrible on both ends of the floor. The offense committed 19 turnovers and shot 36% from the field. The defense couldn’t find a way to lock down the paint. Here are a few things we can take away from the game.

• Coach Blatt still hasn’t figured out his bench. Hayward, Miller, and Harris all saw playing time early. The Cavs have the worst scoring bench in the league and were held to only 9 points against the Wizards. The bench appears confused when they are on the court and lack chemistry. Coach Blatt needs to find a combination that can produce with consistency. It might be time to pull the trigger on a trade that would improve the Cavs’ bench.

• Kevin Love still hasn’t found his place in the offense. He finished the game with 8 points on 3/8 shooting. The Cavs desperately need Love to get more involved in the scoring. Love seems confused with what his role in the offense is. He doesn’t know if he should play on the block or spot up for 3. He tries to do a mixture of both and ends up being ineffective. The Cavs need to find a way to get him going early in the game to build his confidence and take pressure away from LeBron and Kyrie.

• Coach Blatt needs to find a way to get LeBron more rest. He played 39 minutes again on Friday night. It’s hard to justify taking LeBron off the floor, but he needs to find a way to do it. LeBron often seems tired and disinterested, especially in a sloppy game like this. You can tell this season and team is wearing on him. He feels the pressure of the team squarely on his shoulders and desperately needs help from his teammates.

• The Cavs couldn’t find a rhythm on offense. They found early success playing an up-tempo offense, but later settled for a slower pace. The Cavs had unforced turnovers on the fastbreak and in the halfcourt. The offense got stagnant as the game progressed and relied on LeBron or Kyrie to make all the plays. There was little movement from players away from the ball which resulted in possessions ending in a pull-up from LeBron or Kyrie. The Cavs have gotten away from what made them successful last week in their win against the Hawks.

@CST_JacksonF

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