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Why Isn’t Tyronn Lue Making Any Major Changes After Watching His Cavaliers Get Crushed By The Warriors?

Submitted by on June 6, 2017 – 4:30 pmNo Comment
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The Cavaliers didn’t play all that well during their first two games of the 2017 NBA Finals. In Games 1 and 2 of the series, the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors 113-91 and 132-113, respectively, to fall behind 2-0. If you can believe it, the Cavaliers actually suffered worse defeats during the Finals last season and came back to win the series 4-3, so there’s no reason for them to start panicking yet, especially now that Games 3 and 4 will be back in Cleveland. But they should be at least a little worried, right? Golden State has been far superior to them thus far.

On Tuesday, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue was asked about the rough start that his team has experienced in the Finals. And despite all the struggles LeBron James & Co. have endured, Lue didn’t hang his head during a press conference. He said that he doesn’t plan on making any major changes to his game plan moving forward, even though the Cavaliers have had almost no success against the Warriors in the 2017 Finals. He’s not going to try to slow the game down at all to combat the Warriors’ frenetic offense. He’s not going to switch up any defensive assignments. And he’s not going to pull J.R. Smith from the starting lineup and put him on the bench as some people have suggested he should do after Smith scored just three points total in Games 1 and 2. He knows Iman Shumpert could potentially be a better option for the Cavaliers, but he’s not going to go that route and give up on Smith just yet.

Of course, Lue could just be putting up a smokescreen right now to throw the Warriors off. There’s a chance he will make some big changes in the game plan in an effort to slow Golden State down in Game 3 to keep the scoring down. There’s also a chance he’ll work with a different rotation that will allow him to find someone—anyone—to give LeBron, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love some help off the bench. The Cavaliers will need their role players to step up if they want to win against the Warriors.

But for now, Lue is sticking to his guns and telling everyone he is going to continue on with the game plan he came up with at the start of the series. It could come back to bite him. But it could also prove to be a better game plan than people thought after seeing Games 1 and 2. We’ll have to wait until Game 3 to find out.

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