2. Getting the new guys acclimated
Yes, Sunday was a great showing, but the four new members of the Wine and Gold are still going to have to get acquainted. For example, on Sunday, the Cavs didn’t really run any plays, and admittedly they didn’t need to.
In the win, George Hill stepped right into the starting lineup and finished with 12 points on 3-for-8 shooting. Jordan Clarkson was the most dominant of the new guys, scoring 17 points and going 7-of-11 from the floor. Rodney Hood was right behind him with 15 points of his own. Larry Nance Jr. chipped in five points, four boards and three assists and a steal.
Nance is an intriguing aspect in this game, considering he could potentially help relieve some pressure off of Tristan Thompson in guarding Steven Adams. Both Hill and Clarkson could see some time on Westbrook, and Hood could find himself on Paul George.
Offensively, as simple as it sounds, the new guys just need to play basketball and fill in the gaps. This group still hasn’t had a lot of time together, but as long as the effort is there it is a step in the right direction, and a large part of the reason the Cavs got these trades done.