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A crazy deadline for changes brought JR Smith to light that the Cavs need

Before Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will reach its dramatic conclusion to three acts, with “The Blockade of LeBron James”, “The Basket of Kyrie Irving” and “The Stop by Kevin Love “,” The Eight “by JR Smith was produced.
After halftime in which the Cavaliers were below the Warriors by seven points at the Golden State home, Smith scored 8 points thanks to 3-3 of the basket in the first 2 minutes and 26 seconds of the third period for bring Cleveland to two points. He broke the Warriors’ hope for a wide advantage and accelerated to the title, just as they did in the decisive Game 6 of the 2015 Finals, and consolidated Smith’s place in sports legend in Cleveland as one of the heroes that helped end a 52-year drought without a championship in the city.
We accelerated the film two years, and things have changed a lot for Smith and his teammates.

The most dramatic piece of domino that fell was obviously Irving’s switch to the Boston Celtics during the off-season. However, there have been multiple movements that have changed the shape of the roster completely, compared to the one used in June 2016, to the point at which the Cavaliers are practically unrecognizable.

“It’s crazy,” Smith told ESPN after the beating Cleveland handed the Celtics 121-99 last Sunday. “We were on the plane en route (to Boston) and I started looking around, and only (four) seats were accommodating people who were with us when, as you said, we won the championship … I told the guys: ‘Man , this is crazy. We really have a new team, a totally different one. ‘ And I kept looking and Bron was shaking his head saying: ‘Yes, yes, but we have a team from the ca– -, too’ “.
James, Love, Tristan Thompson and Smith himself, the four members of the champion team that still remain in Cleveland received an infusion of talent last week, through the acquisition made by the Cavaliers of the quartet formed by George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Many assumed that the addition of Hood, a stylized base of 6 feet, 8 inches in height (2.03m), meant that Smith and his unreliable 39.4% shooting percentage from the court and 36.7% of precision in triples this season were sure to stay on the bench.
However, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue intends to continue to give Smith confidence, as he has done since the time he consistently placed him as a starter, after a brief experiment early in the campaign with Dwyane. Wade.
“JR has done a lot for us,” Lue said during the day on Monday. “Had it not been for JR in 2016, converting those eight goals in a row in the third period, we would not have won the championship. The people who say: ‘Do not keep using JR, leave JR on the bench’ is not right. And it brings us efforts and energies every night. Sometimes, your ability to dunk comes and goes, that’s part of the game. For the most part, your effort is present every night. That’s why I wanted to continue with JR and I do not want to lose JR. I assure you (that) you stay in good spirits, that you continue in the right direction. It is important for us. When he plays, when he is aggressive, our team is completely different. ”
Smith’s scoring ability has been accompanying him recently. He has converted at least three of triples in six of the nine previous commitments of the Cavaliers. And in these meetings in which Smith has had a good run (including his 15-point performance against the Celtics, when he hit 6-7 from the field and 3-4 from long distance) Cleveland has a 4-2 record.

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