Deron Williams continues to prove that his the playmaker LeBron James is looking for since the Cleveland Cavaliers lost Matthew Dellavedova. In Game 4, Williams established another impressive performance to help the Cavaliers sweep the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
“We first got him he hadn’t played in 3-4 weeks in Dallas because he was hurt. When he came to us, he was out of game shape,” head coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s been working every day with D-Mill (strength coach Derek Millender), trying to get in shape, doing extra every day. Now he’s in better shape. Tonight without him we wouldn’t have won that game.”
Paul George and the Pacers gave the Cavaliers a tough battle despite suffering an early exit in the NBA Playoffs 2017. In Game 3, they almost grabbed their first win of the series before LeBron James, Deron Williams, and Channing Frye stepped up to rescue the Cavaliers. Williams showed the same intensity in Game 4, finishing with 14 points on 100 percent shooting from the field and 100 percent from beyond the arc.
Deron Williams becoming an integral piece of the Cavs’ bench
Williams struggled to make himself fit when he joined the Cavaliers in March. He admitted being unsure of his role or how much playing time he will receive with the reigning NBA champions. Fortunately, Williams found an answer to his question after receiving an opportunity to prove himself.
“A guy who’s been there, a guy who has, I don’t know what he is all-time in assists, but he can fling that thing around,” Channing Frye said. “He’s a heady veteran and he’s a great addition to our team. I’m glad everyone’s getting to see what he can do. He’s still got something left in the tank. Between him and ‘Bron that screen and roll is pretty mean and we told him to be more aggressive so one day he’ll go out there and shoot the ball once or twice.”
In his first playoffs with the Cavaliers, Williams averaged 8.2 points on 76.9 percent shooting from the field and 77.7 percent from beyond the arc. As of now, there is no doubt that he’s an integral piece of the Cavs’ second unit. Williams somehow managed to fill the void left by Matthew Dellavedova on both ends of the floor.
Cavaliers facing either Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks in semis
By sweeping the Pacers, the Cavaliers will have plenty of rest and preparation before the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They will either face the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round. The Cavaliers won’t be playing until May 1 as the Raptors tied the series with the Bucks on Saturday night.
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