If the Cavs want to keep up with the Warriors, they need to take advantage when Golden State’s best defensive player is on the bench. Green played less than 25 minutes in Game 2, down more than seven minutes from his regular-season average. But Cleveland couldn’t take advantage.
You can see the dramatic difference in offensive rating when Green exits, but that’s countered by the Cavs becoming much worse defensively. Part of that comes from the Warriors having multiple weapons and Durant becoming a small-ball weapon of mass destruction at center, but Cleveland needs to use these chances to close leads (or maybe take one) with offensive bursts.
As deep as the upcoming draft is, it is heavy on bigs and very light on shooters. No one stands to benefit more from that than another Duke guard, Luke Kennard. Scouts see Kennard projecting favorably as an offensive player, one who shot 49.0 percent as a sophomore, including 43.8 percent from the 3-point line. He showed lights-out touch at his pro day at the beginning of June, and he also has the ability to handle the ball and run pick-and-rolls.
That will likely get him into the lottery. As far back as last month, there was talk of Detroit’s interest in Kennard, given their desperate need to add shooting. The Pistons, picking 12th, are Cheap Jerseys Kids also considering moving that pick. The Hornets, at No. 11, have interest in Kennard as well, and will give him a workout.
Other teams are jumping on the Kennard bandwagon. The Magic, Knicks Cheap Jerseys In US and Mavericks will have Kennard in for workouts, too, though those teams have considered adding (or already have) picks later in the draft and could look at Kennard there. Orlando has No. 6 and 25, the Knicks have No. 8 (but have been active in searching for another pick) and Dallas has No. 9.