Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue Needs to be on the hot seat with his team playing embarrassingly bad in the NBA Finals.
Is it really that crazy to subscribe to the notion that the Golden State Warriors could get two successful Cleveland Cavaliers coaches fired?
After Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals have played out, it’s not as ludicrous as it seems.
Lue may one day be a very good NBA coach, but if the Cavs continue to get blown out, owner Dan Gilbert needs to consider a change. The window to win is now, and sometimes, the right coach can make the difference.
With all the key players returning next season (yes, assuming LeBron James is back too), it’s likely this team will be playing in The Finals next June. There’s just no competition in the East, and unless the balance of power changes via free agency, the Cavs will be able to coast to the Eastern title yet again.
This team is ready to win, and it’s become a joke that David Blatt, who is returning to Turkey to coach, had a 2-1 series lead just one year ago with LeBron and a weak supporting cast.
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Love played well in Game 1, but he was out of sorts in Game 2. Now he’s in concussion protocol.
Cleveland fired Blatt in January when the Cavs were 30-11. There was some sort of disconnect between him and the players, and GM David Griffin wanted to make the switch.
The Cavs were winning, but the move might’ve well as had Stephen Curry‘s signature Under Armour stamp all over it. Yes, Blatt and his Cavs were winning more than they lost, but nobody on the planet gave Cleveland a chance of beating the Warriors in potential Finals rematch.
Rumors swirled that Lue was the choice of the players, and he finally got his chance. Like Blatt, the team won more than they lost, but the idea they could win it all was still far-fetched.
Cleveland played inconsistently down the stretch, never forming championship habits. LeBron James played hero ball. Kevin Love disappeared in games, while Kyrie Irving buffed away the hardwood with his incessant dribbling.
But then the playoffs started and the Cavs actually looked like a team that could beat what the West had to offer.
The Cavs played beautiful basketball though most of their journey through the eastern bracket, winning their first 10 games. Their play was accentuated by good ball movement, record setting 3-point performances and strong defense.
But now? The Warriors embarrassed Lue’s Cavs and Ty looks helpless on the bench.
I’ve viewed this season as a test for the Lue. He was the players choice because Blatt couldn’t connect. They wanted Lue and got their wish.
The Cavs have looked comfortable for approximately zero seconds in Games 1 and 2. His rotations are shaky. The Warriors are killing the Cavs in the paint, Cleveland’s getting pounded on the boards, and Ty has no answer. As The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre tweeted, “Ty Lue playing Hungry Hungry Hippos; Steve Kerr playing chess.”
Lue may surprise us in this series, but it’s doubtful, as only a miracle saves the Cavs at this point.
Cleveland has the talent to compete with Golden State, and if Lue doesn’t get this team playing better fast, the Cavs need to find a replacement that will get the Cavs over the hump next season.