David Blatt has been leaning hard on Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and Kevin Love as the Cleveland Cavaliers try and make their new roster work. Some nights, as against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, it's great. Other nights, as against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, it isn't. Regardless, James thinks they are playing a few too many minutes.
From Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
This cuts both ways. Blatt is trying to win games now, and get the Cavaliers premier players to come together and excel. At the same time, it's good for the team long term if more guys get minutes. It's interesting how far removed this is from one of my concerns with Blatt when the Cavaliers hired him. He used a very deep bench last year in Maccabi Tel Aviv, and didn't rely on any one player. So far in Cleveland, it's been short rotations.
Blatt is clearly searching for lineups and players he can trust. It isn't clear he has settled into schemes he wants the the Cavaliers to focus on either. There is plenty of time, of course. I wrote before the year that I hoped James would see his minutes reduced because I want to extend the prime of his career. As the Cavaliers hopefully improve, that will be more and more possible.
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