By Chris Manning
As the series shifts back to Cleveland, James’ supporting cast know it needs to offer James — as well as Kevin Love — more help if they wants a chance to come back against Boston.
“No, we have to ramp it up. We’re playing too slow,” J.R. Smith said on Thursday after the Cavs’ practice. “We’re making Bron play hero ball, which is tough to do especially in the Eastern Conference Finals. We’ve gotta help him. And with that said, we have to give him an opportunity for us to make him feel confident to give us the ball so we can make the right plays. We gotta help him and he’s gotta help us.”
Tristan Thompson echoed Smith’s thoughts.
“I’ve never seen a game scored in the 40s unless it’s in the Big Ten with like Penn State, Illinois and Ohio State. So other guys have to contribute and other guys have to step up,” he said. “We all have to do it collectively. Of course, it’s a huge luxury having LeBron on our team. At the same time, we have to be ready to play and we have to do our job. If you’re shooters you have to make shots and if you have to finish around the rim then you have to finish around the rim. If you’re a rebounder, then whatever your job is on this team we need you to do it at a high...