Kyrie Irving Can Still Play The Point Guard
One of the biggest concerns pundits had about LeBron’s return to Cleveland was just how would he and Kyrie Irving fit in an offense on the floor together. Both of them command the ball to be effective and teams orchestrate through them. Last night, we saw a glimpse of the two working off the ball, Kyrie mainly becoming a shooter and James going to the post. Cavs’ new head coach David Blatt is supposed to be an offensive guru of sorts, so expect to see different demonstrations of domination from both King James and Prince Irving.
Defense? We Talkin’ Bout Defense?
For as good a defender as LeBron has become, the Cavaliers didn’t look too concerned with stopping anyone last night. The running joke is that no one plays defense in the NBA anymore, which might be true if we’re talking about on a consistent basis. However, as the San Antonio Spurs and even the Miami Heat in recent years have proved, you have to play defense when it counts in order to win. Scoring will come easy for this team, but they’ll need to work on the D.
The Love Below
Surprisingly enough, Kevin Love wasn’t much of a post presence last night. Love played a lot more on the perimeter than initially expected, but we’ll keep in mind that this was a pre-season game. It’s still weird to see a guy who grabs 20 rebounds in games as regularly as Lil Kim shades Niki Minaj to be nowhere near the paint.
The Waiter Did It
With all the Big 3 talk, Dion Waiters has been a bit of the odd man out. Or even man out? Point is, he’s feeling like Tito, while Kyrie is getting the shine as the young boy wonder of the group. His confidence, however, is far from low. Last night, he proved to be potentially that fourth option that the Miami Heat never really had. Another guard that score from outside and break down defenders (and play defense on the low)? No wonder LeBron came back.
One of LeBron’s biggest gripes during his first stint with Cleveland was a lack of help. Now, not only does he have two and a possible in terms of all stars playing with him, he can book guys off the bench as contributors too. Vets like Shawn Marion and Mike Miller provide All Star level/championship experience, James Jones and Matt Dellavedova are sharpshooters equipped to bring the pain from downtown off the bench. Depth definitely won’t be a problem this season for James and Co.