Nate McMillan Rumors
Dwane Casey, the Raptors coach, stuck with Jonas Valanciunas — a traditional center — on Love until Game 4 of Cleveland’s sweep. He paid the price. Korver and Love would smile hearing McMillan describe what they do as “random.” Aside from that set pindown play, they react in the moment to how the defense approaches them — and which two defenders are involved. It mostly starts with Korver positioning himself to run around a Love screen. That is dangerous enough. Staying attached to Korver at all costs is on the first page of any opponent scouting report.
So far, they’ve been shoving the ball down Toronto’s throat. “Going into this series we knew that we had to be good,” Lue said. “With Kyle Lowry and DeRozan and Dwane Casey who’s done a great job this year of changing the offense, being way better defensively, we knew it was going to be a tough matchup for us. But I do think that first round, Nate McMillan and his Pacers, they really did a good job of preparing us for this series.”
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan was talking about, though not directly, my take on Game 6 coverage of LBJ: “We weren’t hugged up with the 3-point shooters on the perimeter and was able to really defend both the paint as well as the perimeter as well as recover to the paint to rebound” #PacersCavs