The Cavs' offense was dormant in Game 1. How many times did we see LeBron James holding the ball at the top of the key while the rest of the team stopped to watch?
Clearly the Cavs need to mix things up on the offensive end, and we have six recommendations from ESPN.com's Hall of Fame coach, Dr. Jack Ramsay:
• Advance the ball to the frontcourt as quickly as possible, especially on missed shots that LeBron rebounds. Try to create transition-scoring opportunities with penetrations and kicks to open shooters or finishing at the hoop.
• Take LeBron off the ball and attempt to get him the ball on the move in high-percentage (15-17 feet from the hoop) catch-and-shoot or catch-and-drive situations. This will prevent the Spurs from sending a second defender at him.
• Swing the ball. The Cavs need better ball movement with enough reversals to keep the Spurs from loading the defense to the strong side of the basket.
• Look to score inside with post-ups through Gooden, Verejao and Ilgauskas.
• Limit screen-and-roll offense involving LeBron. It only serves to bring a second defender at him instead of giving him a one-on-one opportunity.
• Offensive rebounding: Cavs need to capitalize on this strength much better than in Game 1.