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PREVIEW: Cavs look to regain winning ways at home in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Finals

Leaning less on LeBron

Not only are the Cavs averaging a meager 88.5 points per game this series, but also 32 percent of that offensive production is coming from LeBron James (28.5 PPG). Kevin Love (19.5 PPG) is the only other double-digit scorer in the starting lineup, and Jordan Clarkson (10 PPG) is the only other double-digit scorer on the roster.

Contributions need to be more widespread moving forward.

JR Smith, Jeff Green and George Hill – three veteran presences who all have substantial playoff experience – are shooting a combined 25 percent (8-for-32) from the field and 13.3 percent (2-for-15) from beyond the perimeter in the ECF. Rodney Hood is averaging 6.5 points per game during that span, a fraction of his regular season average (14.7 PPG).

Only James, Love and Tristan Thompson have exceeded their regular season averages on the offensive end of the floor.

John Alfes has covered Cleveland sports since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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