The Cavs have three players who are consistent performers off the bench: Anderson Varejao, Daniel "Boobie" Gibson and Wally Szczerbiak. All-Star LeBron James keeps raving about how deep this team is.
What's important is when James goes to the bench for a breather, the opposing team no longer goes on a 14-2 run. The reserves are holding their own when James hasn't been in the game.
Also, Coach Mike Brown needs to have center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and point guard Mo Williams on the court when James is on the bench. Someone has to be out there on the floor who can score.
Varejao has played great in his last two games. He's averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in his last two games. He's providing a major lift when he's in the game. He played so well on Saturday, Z never played a minute in the fourth quarter.
Brown has shortened his rotation to nine men. J.J. Hickson was the ninth man and he played only 5:08.