Cleveland Cavaliers: Team needs to focus on these 3 things next season

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton drives. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton drives. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland looks to make a play. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

#3: Playing smarter must be emphasized by the Cavs

The Wine and Gold play hard; that’s apparent. Every night I watch the games, the contests are fun and interesting to watch. But I’m not your average fan.

For the Cavs to really build on victories next season, they need to learn how to play smarter, while still playing tough; obviously, Kevin Love’s blunder/immature batting of the ball at the Toronto Raptors on Monday wasn’t an example of that, for one.

Not going in-depth regarding that, though, there are so many times that you see these young players get exposed late in games because they aren’t recognizing time and situation. Trying to take the basketball to the hole late, drawing contact and fouls can work in your benefit late in games.

Recognizing the game clock while also taking the shot clock down and run actual offensive sets would also be better rather than dribbling for 20 seconds and then going 1-on-3. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving did that, but they could.

I think Sexton and Garland have improved immensely this season, and as I emphasized recently, they are establishing themselves as quite a dynamic duo for the Cavaliers. Both players are improving in points scored and in categories, like assists, that are valuable to winning.

Next. Deep range continues to pay dividends for Garland. dark

And these young players give me hope for next season. It should give you promise too!