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Changes Benefit Cavaliers in Playoffs

Posted by Jay Sanin on 4/24/2016 11:46:27 AM

Coming into this year's NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers faced a number of questions related to some poor performances to close out the regular season. However, a couple of key changes to their tactics in their first round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons have proven to be effective, and the Cavaliers have returned to looking like a team capable of competing with the best teams in the Western Conference should they advance to the NBA Finals.

Kevin Love at the Five

One move that has really moved the odds in Cleveland's favor in the East once again is the decision to move Kevin Love to the center position at times. Love, normally a power forward with the ability to spread the floor and shoot threes, is even more dangerous when matched up against centers, as he is able to draw those players out of position to allow players like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to cut to the basket more easily.

Love has also been a lethal three point shooter to this point in their series against Detroit, which has forced teams to pay even more attention to him. This has allowed James and Irving to get to the basket, but has also freed up passing lanes on the perimeter that have led to plenty of open looks from the outside for players like JR Smith and Matthew Dellavedova, both of whom have contributed in big spots for the Cavs so far in the playoffs.

LeBron James at the Four

Even more vital than Kevin Love's move to the center position is LeBron James agreeing to play power forward now and then for Cleveland. James is a prolific passer and scorer out of the post, making both himself and his teammates better by choosing to do so. In the past, James has been reluctant to agree to play this position, but the results have not lied and he is playing this role more often with wins piling up because of it.

When live betting on the NBA playoffs this year, the Cleveland Cavaliers have made a strong case for your backing because of these important changes that have led to huge benefits.

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