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J.R. Smith is the key to a Cavs win.

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NOTE: Friday on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

On Friday I suggested that J.R. Smith couldn’t hit pavement if he fell off a building. That is true. However, if the Cavs are going to win game 5, Smith has to find his range. He has playoff experience and averaged 12.7 points and 42.5 shot percentage in the regular season.

Head coach David Blatt has to give the Cavs starters some rest. However, he has to have better timing. His decision to take LeBron James out at the start of the 4th quarter was a huge mistake. The Cavs had just taken back the momentum and had closed the score from more than a dozen to 3 points. Without LeBron in the lineup, the Warriors quickly rebuilt the lead to 12 before LeBron was back in the game.

Blatt also needs to try James Jones and Shawn Marion. Jones can score and Marion plays pretty good defense. They need to contribute if the Cavs expect to have enough energy to win games 5 and 6.

The series is tied 2-2 but the Cavs loss in Game 4 is a huge factor. To have any chance to win, the Cavs must win game 5. The extra rest between games has to help them get back to the great defense they played in the first 3 games. If they do win today, they have a great shot to take the title. If not, it is going to be a long hard road up hill all the way.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

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The trade for Love is a test for GM Griffin.

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Browns Season Simulation Monday on NNR. Please join us at 6 PM EDT on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Make no mistake about it. LeBron James is testing his new GM David Griffin to get Kevin Love. If Griffin fails the test LeBron “could” consider opting out after his first or second year. That does not mean he will leave Cleveland, but it does mean that this test will determine if Griffin is still the GM in 2015-16 season.

There is no question that LeBron coming back to the Cavs is the best news Cleveland sports fans have had since the Browns drafted Jim Brown. In my opinion Love will not sign a long term deal with any team except the Cavs. Like Cavs fans, Love is sick to death of losing and wants to win. The best chance to do that is in Cleveland with LeBron and Kyrie Irving.

If teams see Love as a rental, his trade value will decrease significantly. For example Golden State is not likely to give up SG Klay Thompson to get Love for a year. But the question is will the Cavs be willing to wait to make a deal for Love?

I believe that by waiting, the Cavs can get Love for a deal that does not include Andrew Wiggins. The pressure to do something with Love will grow on the Timberkitties as the days pass. He will walk away at the end of the season and the team gets nothing for him. Since he is their only valuable asset, they can not afford to let him walk.

However, I do not think Griffin can stand the heat and he will make a deal that includes Wiggins. While that is not a bad deal, the Cavs need to prove to LeBron that they are willing to do what is necessary to get him the help he wants. He left in 2010 because the team was unable to bring in talent to help him win. What many Cav fans do not know is LeBron did his best to try to recruit talent to join him in Cleveland prior to the decision. He is now working hard to get Love to join him.

Another question is can new head coach David Blatt find a way to utilize a big man? I suspect he will. Mike “Mr. Potatohead” Brown never could figure out how to use one.

The last question is can the Cavs win a title with LeBron, Love and Irving? I believe they can. Will Wiggins develop? Yes but the question is how many more games will the Cavs win next season with Love? LeBron is testing Griffin and the Cavs. The team had better pass.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Can the Cavs get LeBron James to come home?

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There are a number of questions that have to be answered before I can address the one everyone in Cleveland wants to know.

Where do the Cavs stand after the 2014 draft?

As I mentioned on Friday (The Cleveland Cavaliers have issues.), new head coach David Blatt problems that he must overcome before the Cavs can even think about trying to lure LeBron James back to Cleveland. There is no

way that UFA SF Luol Deng resigns. That leaves a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the starting lineup. C Anderson Varejao can’t stay healthy and back up C Spencer Hawes is a UFA and likely to leave if he gets a decent offer.

If Blatt can solve the issues, the first overall pick Andrew Wiggins will help make the team a playoff contender. However, even in the weak Eastern conference the Cavs are a 5th or 6th seed. There is no way they can win a playoff series against the top teams.

Where might LeBron be interested in going?

In my opinion LeBron will not go anywhere except back to Miami or to Cleveland. Most of the teams that have 2 stars already are in the West. He won’t go to the West because the path to the finals is much easier in the East. Also he will look like a mercenary going to a 3rd team just because he lost to the Spurs. By staying in Miami and taking less in salary, he looks like a team guy. By going back to Cleveland he looks like a hero going to save his home town team.

What do the Cavs have to do to get LeBron to even think about coming back?

About the only thing that will get LeBron to consider coming back would be to bring a super-star vet to join point guard Kyrie Irving. All the conversation around the Cavs has just one option—trading for PF Kevin Love. Landing Love would definitely catch the attention of LeBron. But there are issues with that concept.

First, Love will be costly in terms of talent and assets to get him. It would likely cost the Cavs Wiggins, SG Dion Waiters, PF Tristan Thompson and 2 future Cavs 1st round picks. Given that there is just 1 year left on Love’s contract, that would gut the Cavs and their future for the chance that LeBron would come.

Second, Love will only sign an extension with the Cavs if LeBron is in Cleveland. If LeBron goes back to Miami, Love will leave after 2014-15 season and the Cavs will be back in the lottery from now on.

Is there an alternative that might catch LeBron’s interest?

There are some alternatives but you have to wait for tomorrow’s posting to find out what they are.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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