The Cavaliers are a desperate team. Their management has posed as the ‘And One’ Cavs blog on Cleveland.com (The Cleveland Plain Dealer website)… to solicit our advice. Well OK Mike Brown “Carolyn”… here are the things Cleveland needs to do… to beat the Celtics.
Tip 1: Avoid KG
Conventional wisdom is to go at KG… and try to get him in foul trouble. He is, after all, our leading rebounder. BUT… the real target down low is Kendrick Perkins… who clears out much more space, and who is much more prone to fouling. And you saw in game 7 that when Perk has got it working, he can be a real catalyst out there. Get Perk out early… and then you force Leon Powe and Glen Davis… 2 undersized guys… to box out 7 foot 3 Big Z.
Tip 2: Cut off the lane
The Celtics have shown they will settle for jumpers. You just gotta hope they don’t get hot from downtown. But cutting off the lane is your best chance to keep your rebounders in the game… and the Celtics off the line. If Paul Pierce is in the lane… you’re screwed. If he’s shooting fadeaways… you got a shot.
Tip 3: Make your shots.
The Celtics #1 objective in thie series will probably be to force LeBron to take jumpers. He’ll try to drive… but they’ll be blocking his path. That means its time to get ready for the pass. If LeBron’s drive and dish goes unrewarded… then Bron Bron will be forced to do it all himself… and we win. So what if he scores 50… if the rest of the team can’t match him.
There you go. 3 free tips… not that it will help. The folks at the And One blog were nice enough to return the favor… and map out the Celtics path to victory. Thanks for that. Celtics in 6.
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