Cleveland Cavaliers Bench Mike Miller For Game 2, Starting Tristan Thompson As Kevin Love’s Replacement
The Cleveland Cavaliers might end up losing out on their shot for an NBA title after the loss of Kevin Love. Not knowing quite what to do after losing one of his best players, the veteran Mike Miller got the starting position, which could have been a mistake.
The Cavs lost game 1 in a bit of a miserable fashion and although it was not by a huge margin, the Bulls controlled the game fairly easily and looked like the better team on Cleveland’s home court.
Kevin Love struggled to gain chemistry with fellow stars Kyrie Irving and Lebron James throughout the regular season, but once the playoffs started, it seemed like he was a different player. It was the first time that he had ever competed in the post-season and seemed a bit nervous at first, although Lebron gave him great praise over the first few games.
GAME NIGHT: The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Chicago Bulls in Game 2 of the second round at the Q at 7:00 PM EST. pic.twitter.com/d1eWFlkhjG
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are now playing as the underdog despite having one more game on the home court. With Kevin Love out for the remainder of the playoffs due to injury and J.R. Smith out another game due to suspension, they could end up traveling to Chicago down 2-0 in the series.
Coach David Blatt decided to start Mike Miller in game 1 but after that proved to be a failure on most accounts, Tristan Thompson will be starting in his place in game 2. Thompson started 15 games during the regular season, averaging 12.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in that role while also being one of the best bench players in the league.
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Mike Miller was originally used in order to spread the floor and create lanes for James and Irving, although it hurt them more on the defensive end, where Miller had trouble covering Mike Dunleavy Jr.
The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly have questions regarding the roster going into game 2 and they will be lucky to leave Cleveland with a win at this point. It is unclear who will backup starting center Timofey Mozgov, but Kendrick Perkins should get some playing time.