Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, James and even the guards will have to crash the glass — because giving a talented team such as the Hawks a second look at the hoop will almost definitely me harm.
3. Put the "D" in defense
Coach Tyronn Lue admitted the defense had slipped a bit since he took over in January. Sometimes, it’s slipped a lot.
But against the Pistons, the Cavs started to bend their knees and shuffle their feet again. That intensity will need to pick up even more in this round — as the Hawks’ biggest strength has always been their unselfishness and ability to find open shots.
4. Don’t panic
Things aren’t always going to go perfect. They never do. There are just too many games and the games are just too long for every moment to be the ultimate experience in teamwork and cohesion.
And that’s OK.
What the Cavs need to do, and have done a much better job of lately, is ride out the tough moments, the big deficits, the annoying breakdowns at both ends of the floor — and get back to doing what works.
The only time mistakes are bad is when you allow them to become repeated issues.
5. Have fun out there
It may sound silly, but it’s true. The Cavs just gotta have a good time.
They honestly look like world-beaters when they’re relaxed, smiling and taking true enjoyment from the competition.
No less than Cavs GM David Griffin would agree. He cited a lack of enjoyment as one reason, perhaps the biggest, for the coaching change.
Now, the Cavs seem to be more connected than ever. And that just needs to continue.