Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/31/11
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Its supposed to be an easy shot. Fifteen feet from the basket. No defense. Just you, the ball, and the rim. Sounds easy, right? For those well-trained in the game of basketball, it usually is. But dont misunderstand. Free throws are never a gimme -- even for the most accomplished of shooters. A lot of it has to do with the fact that, in the NBA, they usually take place while running up and down with the court with some of the worlds greatest athletes. And occasionally, right after you get hammered by some 7-footer on your way to the hoop. Still, finding a way to knock them down is an underrated aspect of winning. This despite the fact made free throws almost never make the highlight reels or headlines. Its a lesson the Cavaliers learned the hard way Friday, in an otherwise inspirational performance vs. Indiana. There were so many good things about the 98-91 overtime loss on the road (determination, teamwork, play of Kyrie Irving) that you dont want to focus too much on what happened at the line. In fact, the Cavs would probably just as soon forget it -- as they were a miserable 58 percent (18-for-31) on the night. Sadly, 59 percent would have won it regulation. On the bright side, coach Byron Scott and his players discussed the topic during Saturdays film session at the teams practice facility. They are well aware of the need to do better. We gotta get up in that 74, 75 or 76 (percent) range as a team, Scott said. If we do that, were going to be in pretty good shape, because were getting to the line. We just have to take advantage of it. Scott speaks the truth, as Cavs big men such as Anderson Varejao, Antawn Jamison, Samardo Samuels and rookie Tristan Thompson are very active around the basket. Throw in the fact Irving has already proven to be a strong penetrator, and he too is likely to get into the lane and onto the line. Irving was just 4-for-7 on foul shots Friday, as was Varejao. Jamison went 4-for-6 and Samuels 1-for-4. Nobody really expects 7-for-7, or even 4-for-4. But teams that lead the league typically hit anywhere from 78 to 81 percent. For the Cavs, getting to that level would be fantastic. Getting somewhere close would likely be just fine, too. Perhaps it will come with time, once the players get their legs under them in this lockout-shortened season -- and once the likes of Irving, Thompson and other youngsters have fully adapted to life in the NBA. After all, if you shoot and make a lot of free throws, youre always gonna have a chance. It really is that simple. Cavs Notes Its no secret small forward Omri Casspi has struggled in his first three games with his new team. Casspi is averaging just 4.3 points on 27-percent shooting. Not exactly what the Cavs had in mind when they obtained him from Sacramento this past summer. I feel like Im thinking too much during the game, about what kind of shots I need to take, defense and stuff like that, Casspi said. But I just have to let it go. I have to clear my mind, play the game, and enjoy it. Varejao should be available for Sundays game against New Jersey, despite taking a nasty spill and landing on his back after a hard foul from Indianas David West. Byron Scott characterized Wests foul as a cheap shot. Scott on Varejao: Hes a little sore, hes a little beat up, Im sure Andy expects to play. Hes been Andy. If you give him 30 minutes, hell give you a double-double. He plays so hard and with reckless abandon. Guard Daniel Gibson is also expected to play Sunday. He suffered a sprained ring finger on his right (shooting) hand vs. the Pacers in the second quarter, but returned in the second half.
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