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Frankly Frankel: June 13, 2015

13 Jun

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The Cavaliers blow a chance to put away the Warriors, Joe Girardi only trusts two relievers, Antonio Cromartie should be banned from Twitter, and it will be the Kansas City Royals against the NL All-Stars in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. This is Frankly Frankel on this Saturday, June 13, 2015.

  • I’ll start with the NBA Finals where the Cavaliers blew a chance to put the Warriors away for good. A win for Cleveland would have given the Cavs a 3-1 series lead, and no team has ever overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win an NBA Finals.
  • Golden State pulled away late in Game 4 to tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece with a 103-82 triumph. The series will now shift back to the Bay Area for a pivotal Game 5 on Sunday night.
  • Here’s the reality for the Cavs. They’re not going to beat the Warriors when LeBron James scores just 20 points and shoots 31.8 percent from the field. In order for Cleveland to have any chance, LeBron can’t be good; he has to be great like he was in games 1-3.
  • J.R. Smith has to have a positive impact on the game. He can’t under any circumstance repeat his Game 4 performance in any game the rest of the series. His four points on 2-12 shooting, 0-8 from three, and -27 performance (12 points worse than any other player on Cleveland) was absolutely unacceptable. If J.R. disappears, it’s hard to see where else Cleveland can generate offense.
  • If I’m David Blatt, I have to seriously consider expanding my rotation. I mean Matthew Dellavedova had to go to the hospital after Game 3 with dehydration, and he did not resemble the same player who was a sensation in the prior two games. Dellavedova was forced to give up drinking his pre-game and half-time coffee and was all out of sorts in Game 4.
  • Then there’s LeBron who needs someone, anyone, to help him out because it’s unrealistic to expect him to drop 45 on a consistent basis. He also needs to keep his pants on. Similarly to Dellavedova, LeBron had to have IV treatment after Game 3 and his performance was severely lacking in Game 4.
  • Blatt should see what if anything Shawn Marion and Mike Miller can contribute. At this point, it can’t hurt, especially when LeBron needs to be fresher, J.R. Smith can’t be relied upon to contribute anything, and Dellavedova is dehydrated.
  • All Blatt has to do is see what Steve Kerr is getting out of David Lee. Lee had been relegated to the bench after previously being an all-star. But when Draymond Green was forced to the bench with foul trouble, Lee was inserted and contributed 15 productive minutes off the bench in Game 4 after a strong Game 3 performance. The bottom line is the Cavs won’t win this series by playing just seven guys. There’s no way.
  • Kerr’s adjustment to start Andre Iguodala for the first time all season paid off in a big way in Game 4. Iguodala shut down LeBron just like he did in Game 1 and was extremely efficient offensively scoring 22 points on 8/15 from the field. If Golden State wins this series, Iggy is most likely the MVP.
  • Going forward, Cleveland’s only chance is for LeBron to turn back into a superhero for two of the remaining three games in this series at least. If he can drop 45 and moves the ball around like he did in the first three games, I live Cleveland to take the title. If he has another repeat performance like he had in Game 4, Golden State will win.
  • I like Joe Girardi. I think he’s a very good manager, but there’s nothing you can do but shake your head at the way he’s used Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller who just landed on the DL with a strained muscle in his forearm. Miller is expected to miss up to a month.
  • I’ll start with Girardi’s mismanagement of Miller who last week against Seattle threw 21 pitches in the 9th inning of the Yankees June 2nd win. The next day, Girardi brought Miller out after Chris Capuano faced two hitters to get a five-out save. Miller ended up throwing 35 pitches to record the five outs for a total of 56 pitches in less than 24-hours. That’s blatant overuse.
  • Last Saturday with the Yankees leading 6-2 heading into the 8th against the Angles, Girardi used both Miller and Betances for the 8th and 9th innings. The day before, Betances threw 33 pitches in the 9th to preserve an 8-7 win.
  • Then this past Tuesday against the Nationals, after the Yankees had a 5-1 lead after seven innings, Girardi used Betances for the 8th and Miller to record the last out in the 9th when the score was 6-1. The next day, the Yankees led 4-2 heading into the 8th, but Betances was unavailable after pitching the day before and it was announced after the game Miller would be heading to the DL.
  • Miller even admitted it was a fatigue issue. You can’t tell me those 56 pitches in two days didn’t play a huge role in Miller getting hurt. You just can’t.
  • Girardi was forced to use Jacob Lindgren for the 8th and he gave up a two-run home run to Michael Taylor to tie the game, and then Washington ended up winning the game in 11 innings.
  • As for Betances being unavailable, maybe if Girardi didn’t pitch him with 6-2 and 5-1 leads in a four day span he would have been available in an actual high pressure situation.
  • To me, it’s almost a blessing in disguise that Miller won’t pick up a baseball for 10-14 days because that means Girardi can’t use him. I was actually thinking to myself the Yankees might as well put Miller on the DL to give him some rest since Girardi uses him so much.
  • Going forward, I hope that Girardi establishes a rule that says the only times he can use Miller and Betances are when the Yankees are leading by three or fewer runs. Anything more, he can’t.
  • There are some athletes who just don’t belong on Twitter. An athlete like J.R. Smith comes to mind, and another athlete is Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie got into not one, but two Twitter battles this week; one with Kellen Winslow, and the other with Richard Sherman.
  • I don’t even know why Cromartie is entertaining anything Winslow has to say, and then to go after Sherman is beyond pointless. Todd Bowles needs to intervene here and tell Cro to stay off social media to put these unnecessary distractions to bed.
  • The MLB All-Star Game is becoming more and more of a joke by the day. I’m not going to get into the fact that this game actually determines which team gets home field advantage for the World Series, but the fact that seven of the nine AL starters are very likely going to be Kansas City Royals.
  • As of today, Eric Hosmer is leading at first base, Alcides Escobar is leading at short, Mike Moustakas is leading at third base, Salvador Perez is leading at catcher, Kendrys Morales is leading at DH, and Lorenzo Cain along with Alex Gordon are leading in the outfield.
  • The only two positions where Royals aren’t leading are at second base where Jose Altuve is leading and in the 3rd outfield slot where Mike Trout is holding down a spot.
  • If all these Royals all legitimately deserved to make it, I wouldn’t have an issue, but there are other players at other positions like Nelson Cruz at DH, Miguel Cabrera and Mark Teixeira at first base, and Josh Donaldson at third base who are blowing away the competition at their positions.
  • What this means is the All-Star game will be the Royals against the NL All-Stars in a game that will determine which league gets to play at home in a potential Game 7 of the World Series.
  • The sad part about this is there’s almost nothing that can be done to change the voting results. The only positive aspect that I can potentially see coming out of this is the ratings for the game going way down which would hopefully signal to Rob Manfred that the All-Star game shouldn’t determine home field advantage in the World Series.
  • Be sure to tune back next Saturday for another edition of Frankly Frankel and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
 
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