The Hilarious Reason Tyronn Lue Won't Let Cavaliers Players Coach Themselves

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 15, 2018

The 22-year-old Osman remained lighthearted about the blunder. The final hour or two as the clocked ticked down to 3 p.m. may have been the most stressful.

Well, Lue is many things, but you can't say he's unaware. The Cavaliers just added four new rotational players at last week's trade deadline in a massive roster-wide shakeup.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue obviously is relieved about that.

Most significant in Lue's mind is what Smith did in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

"I wouldn't do that", the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach said as a smile crept across his face ahead of his team's Tuesday-night matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. "People saying quit on JR, give up on JR, it's not right".

Just like last season, when the Celtics sailed through the 82-game slate atop the Eastern Conference standings while the Cavs seemingly stumbled along only to come into TD Garden late in the season and dominate Boston, Sunday was a clinic run by the Cavs. For the most part, his effort is there every night. Make sure keep him in good spirits, going in the right direction. He's big for us.

Donovan said Monday he would have to check with the team's medical personnel before making a determination but both were full participants in Monday's practice.

The arrival of point guard George Hill from the Sacramento Kings on Thursday may also ease Smith's burden. We've got to continue to keep working. That's why I wanted to stick with JR and I don't want to lose JR.

The Thunder shot a blistering 58 percent (58 of 100) from the field and 46.7 percent (14 of 30) from three-point range in the first matchup against the Cavaliers.

"I don't think it's something we would do often, but I think it's a good exercise", the coach said.

Cedi Osman, making just the second start of his career, anticipated the pass, snatched hold of the ball and darted down the Boston Celtics' parquet court for an uncontested, two-handed slam.

"I thought it was going to be a process", Lue said.

"Once I seen how open the lane was I figured, 'The hell with it, why not?" I've known T-Lue since my rookie year. Smith said he feels like the clouds are starting to break, for himself and his team. But that's nothing new for the Suns.

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