10 Things the Cavs Must Do in Order to Win a Championship This Season

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6. Use a Variety of Lineups

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No team in the NBA can throw out the variety of lineups that the Cavaliers can. Cleveland can have a lineup centered primarily on shooting, with Irving, Mo Williams, J.R. Smith, James, and Love on the floor. If defense is needed, Matthew Dellavedova, Shumpert, James, Thompson, and Mozgov can strangle the life out of an offense. If it is a big lineup the Cavs are looking for, James can move to shooting guard in some sets, allowing Love to spend time at small forward offensively with Thompson, Varejao, Mozgov or Sasha Kaun manning the paint.

With that being said, the Cavs’ starting lineup will still likely be one of the most effective units (if not the most effective) in the NBA. The unit of Irving, Smith, James, Love, and Mozgov was as balanced as any in the NBA, carrying the strongest net offensive/defensive rating in the league throughout the 2014-15 season.

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A former sports editor at Gannon University, Jeff is currently a 10th-12th grade Language Arts teacher and head golf coach at Girard High School in Girard, PA. In addition to holding a love of reading and the written word, Jeff is also passionate for all things related to Cleveland, New York City and Bruce Springsteen. Writing influences include Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman.