This young Cavalier roster has shown some promise in the first four games of the season, especially after Monday’s road victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. That win takes us to 2-2 on the season, and 1-1 on the road.
Owner Dan Gilbert and General Manager Chris Grant have built this team to be a fast pace offense. They drafted the right players for it, and brought in the right coach, Byron Scott, to teach it. As Bill Russell says in Chapter 2 of the Uncle Drew series, “this game has always been and always will be about buckets.” Something the Cavs had no problem doing in Los Angeles.
The Cavs have a luxury in having so many players on their roster that can run the court. This style of offense flourishes when turnovers are created on the defensive end of the court; which is something the Cavs have been able to do. They forced opponents to turn it over 18 times a game, ranking us seventh in the league. Getting out on a fast break hasn’t been the Cavs’ problem, but being able to finish has. When the Cavs are going to the basket and draw a foul, they haven’t been able to take advantage of the free throws. In fact, they are ranked dead last in the league in free throw percentage.
As a team, the Cavs have put together a pitiful 61 percent form the charity strip.
The run-and-gun, fast pace offense is ineffective if you are not making your free throws. Free throws are something that is practiced at the end of the day; some players take it more seriously than others. Games are won and lost at the free throw line and the Cavs were a victim of this during the Milwaukee Bucks game. They went 18-of-29, 62 percent, from the free throw line, resulting in a three-point loss.
This low percentage is something the team has to work on more in practice. With the way our offense is run, and the players we have, there is no reason for the team to be shooting 61 percent. The success of our team is affected by the team’s free throw percentage. As the free throw percentage begins to go up, expect more wins. And if is never does go up, well, expect another lottery pick.