Cleveland Cavaliers

Mike Brown Inadvertently Admits His Offense Is Awfully Simple

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Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

Repeating mistakes and expecting different outcomes.

Some would call that insanity. Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown calls it an offensive game plan.

The coach was discussing deadline acquisition Spencer Hawes when he inadvertently indicted his offensive system the way his critics have been doing for years.

SBNation.com's James Herbert shared the coach's foot-in-mouth comments on Twitter:

The lack of offensive complexity isn't all that surprising.

Brown's a student of the "let's see" movement. As in, "everyone get out of Kyrie Irving's way, and let's see what he can do." It didn't look completely atrocious when the floor was opening up for LeBron James, but it was bad even back then.

Still, some NBA coaches are more vanilla than others. There's nothing groundbreaking there, although I'm not sure why Brown felt that the need to communicate that tidbit to the media.

Where things really get troubling is toward the end of the quote.

Hawes looked like he'd mailed it in weeks ago. He was shooting 31.6 percent for the month of February before the trade and at the opposite end had resorted to "actively avoiding any responsibility to defend shots at the rim," as Grantland's Zach Lowe wrote. "Like, he was jumping out of the way."

With seemingly no care in the world, Hawes still managed to dissect Brown's offense in a single sitting? The Cavs, a team with feverish playoff hopes, really showed "all we do" against the league's 29th-ranked defense?

Feb 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Sixers 114-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Brown wasn't even going to insert any new wrinkles, despite his interior-bound frontcourt picking up a 39.8 percent three-point shooter?

Well, there needs to be a system in place first in order to add wrinkles. As ESPN's Bill Simmons noted, this is nothing more than fighting for the right to play one-on-one ball:

This might be the rare case when the whole is less than the sum of its parts. At least if everyone's acting on his own, that means no one's wasting time with Brown's "game plan."

The less he is involved on offense, the better the Cavs will be.

That's where I'd agree with the coach. I don't think Hawes needs to sit through a practice session to figure that piece of information out.

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