Versatile forward Jae Crowder working to get comfortable in his many roles – ESPN

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DALLAS — During a third-quarter timeout Saturday, LeBron James leaned over from his seat on the bench, turned his head to peer down the row of seats to catch Jae Crowder‘s attention and barked instructions at his new teammate over the crowd noise at American Airlines Center.

“When you catch the ball,” James implored, “have your feet already squared and be ready to shoot!”

James wasn’t the only Cleveland Cavaliers player to take a turn at getting Crowder on track in the Cavs’ 111-104 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

After Crowder went 0-for-5 from the field in the first half and the Cavs trailed a Mavs team that came into the night eight games under .500 by three points, it was Kyle Korver who spoke up to the versatile swingman, who was acquired from the Boston Celtics back in August as part of the Kyrie Irving deal.

“Tried to talk through a couple things,” Korver said. “It’s one thing to just tell someone, ‘You’re going to make the next one.’ I hate that. Don’t you hate that? ‘Keep on shooting, make the next one.’ Yeah, whatever. When I do that, I think it’s important to give something, too. Just a little technique, tinkering, not a big thing, just a little thing that you can kind of think about. Kind of gives you, ‘OK, I’m going to focus on this and now if I do this it’s going to go in.’ That’s what helps me thinking about my mechanics if I miss a couple. ‘But if I do this, the next one’s going to go in.’ “

Sure enough, Crowder made his next two to start the third quarter — first a running layup from a James assist and later a 26-foot 3-pointer from the top of

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