Health will force Cleveland Cavaliers’ Ty Lue from the bench for a period of time.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without head coach Ty Lue for at least the next week as he addresses lingering health issues, the team announced via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Monday. Associate head coach Larry Drew will take over during Lue’s absence.
Lue has been the head coach of the team since 2015-16. He left his third game of the season on Saturday night. Lue also had left the February 6th and December 21st games versus the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls respectively.
Lue unfortunately has not pin pointed what exactly is causing the illness.
"“I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.”"
You can read the full statement here:
With these issues ranging back to December, it’s no surprise these ailments have been catching up to Lue. It will be best to shut him down so he can be healthy for the Cavs’ playoff push.
Lue isn’t the only Cavalier having trouble staying on the court. The Cavs have been without Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, Larry Nance and Cedi Osman for extended periods of time due to injury.
Those injuries compiled with an enormous amount of roster turnover in the offseason and trade deadline have not allowed Lue a single moment to take a break this season. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols said she spoke to Lue earlier in the season about his health.
"“He was determined to keep coaching because the Cavs we in such a flux. He felt with so man other changes and variables, it was important for players to have consistency, and a steady voice at the end of the bench.”"
TNT’s David Aldridge tweeted Lue is targeting next week for a return.
The Cavs have three home games this week (Tonight vs the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday vs. Toronto Raptors, and Friday vs. the Phoenix Suns) followed by a three-game road trip to Brooklyn, Miami and Charlotte.
I would expect Lue to return around their match-up at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on March 30th. That would leave six to seven games for the entire team to prepare for the playoffs. Get well soon, Ty!