There’s not a whole lot that’s going right for the Cleveland Cavaliers these days as they have gotten off to a rough start to the 2013-14 NBA season. The Cavs, after a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, now sit at just 2-4 for the year, well below the mark that you would expect for a team many people had pegged to be in the contention for a postseason berth.
On Friday, many of the things that have plagued the Cavs through this young season were on full display. Kyrie Irving struggled to find a groove, shooting just 4-17 from the floor. Dion Waiters continued with his inefficiency as well, going 7-19 from the floor. The Cavs frontcourt also didn’t do much in the way of producing well either, similar to how they’ve performed through the majority of their six games.
However, the Cavs’ most efficient player on Friday night and arguably their best option in an offense that is entirely discombobulated at the moment was C.J. Miles on the wing off of the bench. Against the Sixers, Miles finished the night with 13 points and three assists while shooting 5-7 from the floor and 2-4 from long-range.
Miles’ performance on Friday wasn’t an anomaly from how he’s performed early in this season either. Through the first five games of this year, Miles has been quite productive as a reserve. Before Friday, he was averaging 14.6 points, three rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 21.2 minutes per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor and a near career-high 38.7 percent from three.
Miles has seemed incredibly comfortable coming off of the bench and just being asked to stroke the rock. While most of Cleveland’s offense has looked like it’s still a work-in-progress, Miles has certainly carved out his niche already. Hopefully, for the Cavs’ sake, he’ll be able to sustain this level of performance if and when the rest of the team starts to follow suit.