The Cavaliers team that has won two straight games is a different squad than the one that began the season losing four if its first five games. Namely, it's a team that is learning how to play with Andrew Bynum – and that it's necessary to adjust everything when he's in the game and when he's not. "It's two totally different dynamics," reserve guard Jarrett Jack said. Not every NBA team has a 7-foot, 285-pound, creaky-kneed center. And not every player has played alongside someone who commands a double-team every time he's on the court merely because he's so enormous that he needs two people to equal the bulk of his one, burly frame. And now that Bynum appears to be finding a more consistent flow to his game, averaging 17 points, 8.5 rebounds and 25 minutes since a dominating performance against Chicago two games ago, the Cavaliers are learning that they need two looks to offer Bynum the best opportunity for success. "Obviously, when he's in the game we're playing from inside-out," Jack said. "It's the opposite when he's on the bench. He's done a tremendous job of establishing himself as a post presence for us, offensively as well as defensively. Big Fella's been patrolling the paint whenever we have defensive breakdowns, and we try to do the best we can by rewarding him on the opposite end by giving him the basketball." It's more than simply tossing the ball into the post when Bynum is on the court, though. It's about timing – when to feed him the ball. And it's about spacing – how to position around him on the court to not only draw away defenders but also provide alternate offensive options. "When you've never played with a big, especially a big who can score like he can, it's a tricky situation," coach Mike Brown said. "Not only do you have to figure out how to balance (when to run), but you also have to figure out your spacing should look like and how to get to that spacing quickly." It's a even more delicate balance when Brown considers how much he likes the pace of the Cavaliers' game of late; their 91 field-goal attempts Wednesday against Denver were the second-most of the season.
New-look, two-look Cavaliers learning how to play with Andrew Bynum
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 6