The Portland Trail Blazers may be eliminated, but CJ McCollum is still very much involved in the postseason; now as a media contributor. McCollum penned a Medium post for the NBA, breaking down Game 1 and offering his analysis of what the Cavaliers need to do in order to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals:
I expect to see JR Smith more involved at the offensive end. I can’t remember watching a game where 20 minutes went by without him getting a good look from three. Outside of the Cavs Big Three, his production is directly correlated to the Cavs success. I also think Channing Frye will be utilized more than seven minutes in Game 2. The more shooters Lue puts around LeBron, the easier it is for him to attack gaps with less help. Iggy and Barnes will look to pressure Bron and force him into contested jumpers late in the shot clock. I would like to see Bron play some bully ball in game two, attacking the rim relentlessly like he did in the opening quarter. LeBron has the best vision in the game with the ability to deliver passes on time and on target, so it’s crucial the Cavs lineups provide the necessary spacing by inserting shooters. The Cavs had some success running their horns action — with both Kyrie and Bron being the primary ball handler earlier in the playoffs. It could be something they go back to in Game 2, along with the small-on-big ball screens. Either way, it can create favorable matchups when they’re forced into isolation situations.