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Bacon Rules: #2 limited minutes


Rule #2 for the '13/14 season- limit the minutes for Andy/Kyrie.

Andy has never played 2400 mins in a season which is less than 30 mins a game over 82 games. His two highest season totals were playing 28.5 mins a game and his 3rd was 24 per game, while the past three seasons he has averaged over 31 mins a game without even breaking the 1,000 min mark. I don't care that his back and knees have no question marks I see little value in giving him big mins with 9 years of evidence that he doesn't handle it physically. Varejao is valuable to the Cavs as both a contributor and as a trade chip and trying to keep him on the court can mean a break from the 20 win seasons the past three years. In addition the Cavs have at least 2 young big men and will probably have 3 at some point that they want to get mins. Hold Andy below 30 per game and develop prospects is win win as far as I can tell.

Most might agree with Andy but disagree on limiting Kyrie. First I'm not arguing that he should be held under 30 per game like Andy, more along the liens of 34-35 per game. The transition this team has to make is to become a cohesive defensive unit and the longer our core is on the court the sooner they should learn their rotations and roles. The key here is to fight the urge to both overtax Kyrie but also to not over rely on his ability to create, amping up his numbers for high stakes playoff games is fine but the regular season is still going to be both about winning and development. The fact that Kyrie has also missed significant time three straight season is also a consideration.

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