The Cleveland Cavaliers are two more losses away from going home. But that’s not on LeBron James, who is doing all he can to keep the Cavs in it. And while the Boston Celtics are playing as a unit, the Cavs are not. J.R. Smith knows it, too. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, he points out the obvious:
“We have to ramp it up. We’re playing too slow. We’re making (LeBron James) play hero ball, which is tough to do, especially in the Eastern Conference finals. We’ve got to help.”
After a subpar Game 1, James would put up 42 of Cleveland’s 94 points.
“We have to give him the opportunity for us to make him feel confident to give us the ball so we can make the right plays,” Smith adds. “We’ve got to help him and he’s got to help us.”
However, constantly saying this doesn’t mean it will happen. After all, the only other Cavalier averaging double figures this series is Kevin Love. And even he’s not doing much of anything. But Smith continues…
“We can’t settle. We’ve been settling for a lot of jump shots, a lot of contested jump shots like that. Obviously we know we’re a pretty good three-point shooting team, but sometimes you’ve got to put the ball on the floor and attack the paint.”
In the meantime, Game 3 comes at us on Saturday night. Will LeBron finally get some help?