Stephen A: Cavs need JR back in the starting lineup

It's time for the Cavaliers to reinsert J.R. Smith into the starting lineup, says Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.

Pretty much everyone has their own suggestions on the adjustments the Cleveland Cavaliers must make as they head to Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

That includes Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, who said on First Take that Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue should reinsert J.R. Smith into the starting lineup.

Smith, who was a starter on the three Cleveland teams that reached the last three NBA Finals, was sent to the bench late in the season by Lue after a regular-season performance filled with inconsistency.

Stephen A., though, said the time has come to go back to J.R., who had 15 points off the bench in the 98-80 loss to the Pacers in Game 1.

1 Comment on "Stephen A: Cavs need JR back in the starting lineup"

  1. Whom ever is responsible for the lineup mismanagement creating a quandry, disjointed, out of sorts non team oriented approach is destroying the cavaliers chances of a successful season. A coach facilitates a way to guide his team to as close as the best possible chances to win games. Accomplished by utilizing lineups from start to finish that have good team chemistry, and have positive point differentials. This is referred to as optimizing lineups and allowing the interconnection of the players to have a synnergy and where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That is not happening by the coachingb staff. Try a stable lineup of: thompson,love,james,smith hill the bench: clarkson,korver,hood,green, nance. If smith, thompson or hill play poorly immediately insert clarkson, hood, nance with one substitution, even green could enter with four new players: james,green,nance,hood,clarkson. Last season the team had: shumpert,frye,jefferson,korver, and williams inferior to this superior group the cavaliers have. This is a fine team capable of getting to the finals. Yet the coaching staff is not allowing this to occur.

Comments are closed.