- Oct 3, 2019
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That lineup did really well and I think that's the starting lineup they should go with next year.Just wanted to comment on this as I heard nance Jr on the Locked On Cavs podcast and he had lots to say about this lineup. He said it was born of necessity because of the injuries to KPJ and Exum. Bickerstafff wanted to try it and it did well in practice and felt fine. He said they were sort of grasping at straws in Washington that game, but it paid off so they continued to go to it the rest of the time.
The interesting thing to me was that I thought it looked like Nance was playing the 3 on defense, but the 4 on offense. He confirmed that in the interview and said it was actually Love playing the 3 in the offense. That looked to be true because Nance simply played the stretch 4 on offense and spotted up a bit, while Love was playing exclusively on the perimeter and was even the ball handler in the pick n roll with both Nance and TT. Pretty interesting.
On the other side, Nance guarded the perimeter better, which we all sort of knew because he is better switching on the perimeter than protecting the basket, and he has guarded guys like Giannis and Kawai at times because Cedi is too weak.
The Nance-Love-Drummond combination played eight games, averaging almost eight minutes on the floor. They averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, along with a +/- of 6.3. - Kelsey Russo, 3/27/20
That +6.3 in 8 minutes equates to a +25 in 32 minutes. That's the lineup they should go with next year, IMO.
So that leaves Garland, Windler, Cedi, Thompson (if they sign him), the first round pick, and maybe Exum coming off the bench. They would have to mix and match because you would never want an undersized front line of TT, Cedi, and Windler, but with Nance being able to swing between PF and SF that shouldn’t be a problem.