The Cleveland Cavaliers return home for the Eastern Conference Finials, & there’s plenty to stew about regarding Ty Lue and LeBron James’ teammates.
These Four Passes cover LeBron’s state of concern and a reporter not holding back when it comes to questioning coach Ty Lue.
1. LeBron James expressed no concern following his team’s Game 1 loss to the Celtics, now that’s he’s down 0-2, the MVP finalist has to be a little worried, right?
In a statement that didn’t draw a lot of attention following Cleveland’s Game 2 loss, James commented on how the current version of the Cavaliers isn’t the same squad it was four years ago.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst took this to mean the following: “This ain’t the same team we had in year’s past when we came back from 3-1…,” the veteran basketball scribe said on Pardon the Interruption.
Instead, James is left with J.R. Smith getting so desperate he’s pushing people to the ground and a coach who looks more hapless by each passing minute.
2. Speaking of Tyronn Lue, the Cavs’ General didn’t have a great regular season, and the playoffs haven’t gone much better.
The coach does have his team in the Eastern Conference Finals, but some dude named LeBron James is the reason why.
Now, with the Cavs falling to the Celtics 0-2, the Cavs look lost as Lue continues to make decisions that range from questionable to insane.
Like, why’s he still playing Rodney Hood?
The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd tried to find out, and Lue gave a frustrating answer.
It’s a weird hill to die on.
Amico Hoops founder and longtime basketball scribe Sam Amico took Lue task.
"“And what on earth is Lue telling these guys at halftime? That third quarter was again a nightmare. Sadly, it’s been a major problem under Lue all season. It’s not about to change now. I specifically wrote “under Lue” there because the Cavs were much sharper in the second half in Larry Drew’s 10 games filling in as coach. The Cavs went 9-1 in those games, by the way."
3. Game 3 isn’t until Saturday, but is there any reason to harbor confidence in these Cavs? LeBron can have a 40-point triple double and it won’t be enough.
The Cavs success this postseason is based off whether or not everyone not named LeBron James is going to make 3’s. That wasn’t the case in Games 1 and 2, and the Cavs lost.
Cleveland could easily go 14-28 from downtown in Game 3. Who knows. Like everything this squad does, they’re consistently inconsistent.
4. The Cavs have been much better at home this postseason. The pressure’s on because one more loss basically ends the Cavaliers season.
At 0-2 though, the series is far from over. When you’ve got the greatest player in the world on your team, you’ve always got a chance.
Here’s hoping Lue doesn’t get in his way.