Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue implored LeBron James to start Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers more aggressively Wednesday Tahir Whitehead Jersey and hinted at lineup changes.
In Cleveland’s 98-80 Game 1 loss on Sunday, James did not attempt a shot until there was 1:52 remaining in the first quarter, at which point the Cavs already trailed 25-8.
He has to be aggressive and set the tone early, Lue said Monday. We talked about that today… being aggressive early, setting the tone, especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along. He understood that, but once again, he’s always a guy trying to get his teammates off early, get them guys going, then try to feel the game out. But be ready to set a tone.
Victor Oladipo said he was well aware of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s remark last summer that Indiana could’ve done better than it did in the Paul George trade. Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points as the Pacers stole Game 1 in Cleveland.
Lue might have showed his hand when asked about how the remaining role players from Cleveland’s 2016 championship team — JR Smith and Tristan Thompson — can help.
Authentic Womens Cameron Erving Jersey We’ve been talking about it as a staff, Lue said. I just know those guys have been through everything with us the last four years and we won a championship, went to three Finals. Tristan and JR played a big part of that. We understand that and trust me, we know that.
The play in question occurred with 13 seconds remaining in overtime, with the Bucks trailing 110-107. After Antetokounmpo missed the second of two free throws and tried to tie up Celtics guard Terry Rozier for a jump ball, the All-Star big man was whistled for his sixth and final foul. He angrily jumped up in frustration as a couple of his teammates stood in front of him so he wasn’t whistled for a technical on his way off the floor.
I don’t think that was a foul, Antetokounmpo said. I grabbed the ball. But the ref said that I grabbed his hand. I just got to live with that call and just move forward because that’s what players do. Hopefully next time I can knock down the free throw and not get into that situation.
The NBA agreed with Antetokounmpo, saying an incorrect call was made.
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