You couldn’t ask for much more from Saturday’s Cavs game. It was physical, there were countless lead changes, and in the end, we came out on top. Like most people, I was extremely thankful that the Cavs changed up the offense for some of the fourth quarter, allowing Daniel Gibson to bring the ball up with LeBron playing off of the weak side.
Could it be? Mike Brown making a crucial coaching move, and having it actually work? Perhaps not. Though a bit late on the uptake on my part, Brian Windhorst sheds some light on the late-game play calling:
The two baskets LeBron made in the stretch run that basically decided the game were very impressive for a couple of reasons. One, they were started by Daniel Gibson with LeBron coming off a weakside curl screen set by Zydrunas Ilgauskas. By putting LeBron way away from the ball, it makes double teaming and tilting harder. I was all set to give Mike Brown credit for this when after the game he said it was Eric Snow’s idea. Snow, who is already starting his coaching career, brought it up in a coaches meeting earlier this week.
It wasn’t so long ago that we touched on Snow’s likely future within the league, and how he’ll make for an excellent coach. If what is being reported is actually true, you can count me in on the group that is thrilled to see Snow’s impact on the game – even if it is while wearing a suit.Print This