CLEVELAND – Lowest average game scores in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals in the last decade among players with at least 60 minutes:
- 1.5, J.R. Smith in 2016 (70 minutes)
- 2.4, J.R. Smith in 2015 (73 minutes)
- 4.0, J.R. Smith in 2018 (70 minutes)
So, the Cavaliers have been here before.
The question: What do they do about their lackluster production at shooting guard? Maybe turn to Rodney Hood, who has been out of the rotation.
“We’re going to give Rodney a chance,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said of Wednesday’s Game 3. “He’ll get a shot and see how he does.”
Smith hasn’t been good enough, but assuming his play in Game 3 will match Games 1 and 2 is a logical misstep. So is assuming Hood will be any better.
Hood just hasn’t found his comfort zone with the Cavs, who acquired him in a mid-season trade with the Jazz. There are reasons Lue has hoped for change from Smith rather than changing to Hood.
Will giving Hood playing time work in Game 3? Lue put it best: