The Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up for their final home game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made the call to sit most of their key players during the second game against the Orlando Magic. A smart move, as the Cavs cannot move up or down in the playoff positioning anymore. They’re locked in firmly with the fourth seed, and so head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is giving time off to the starters and Caris LeVert in their final game against the Charlotte Hornets.
LeVert will join Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, Isaac Okoro and Donovan Mitchell on the bench on Sunday for the Cavs’ final home game of the regular season.
Players like Danny Green and Cedi Osman will play heavy minutes against the Charlotte Hornets in the season finale, and it’s not just going to be empty minutes, either. Green, Osman and others will be helping decide what the playoff rotation looks like. A key thing to figure out, as the Cavs’ bench has been rather bad as of late.
Focusing on the reserves for a game is a smart move for the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs need to figure out who’s going into the first-round against the New York Knicks with a hot hand, and this final tuneup against the Hornets should help them figure that out. If Green has another game against the Hornets as he did against the Magic, it would be hard to deny him more minutes in the playoffs.
LeVert is set as the team’s sixth-man, and after that each guy the Cavs have is a specalist. Dean Wade is a great interior defenender but lacks the shot-creating ability of his predecessor, Kevin Love. Ricky Rubio can move the ball up the court and play-lockdown defense but he lacks a reliable shot. Cedi Osman has all the skills you could ever ask for, he’s just not known for his consistency.
This game will go along way helping decide who should be the other three men in the rotation against the Knicks come the playoffs.