Sport NBA playoffs 2018: LeBron James has to be aggressive, Cavs’ Tyronn Lue says

00:10  17 april  2018
00:10  17 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue challenges Cavs to step up with LeBron James

  NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue challenges Cavs to step up with LeBron James LeBron James put on a heroic performance in a Game 2 win over the Pacers, finishing with 46 points after scoring Cleveland's first 16.The Cavaliers coach has challenged the rest of his team to step up after LeBron James single-handedly evened the series against the Pacers by leading Cleveland to a 100-97 win in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is stepping back from the team to address his health concerns. It would be naïve in considering Lue ’s case not to explore the stress of coaching LeBron James . Before Lue took ill Saturday, conversations I had around United Center with several longtime NBA insiders

Coach Tyronn Lue and LeBron James had plenty to say after Cleveland's loss Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers opened the season in a 5-7 funk of sorts. Time may have passed since then, but to star forward LeBron James , the Cavs are right back where they once were .

Down 1-0 going into Game 2 of their playoff series against the Pacers, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and LeBron James are focused on one tactic to even the series — be aggressive.

“(James) has to be aggressive and set the tone early," Lue told reporters 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."

a man wearing a costume: LeBron James during the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Indiana Pacers © Getty Images LeBron James during the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Indiana Pacers

James finished with a triple-double (24 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) in the 98-80 loss Sunday. After leading the league in minutes during the regular season, he totaled 44 minutes to start the postseason.

NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue challenges Cavs to step up with LeBron James

  NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue challenges Cavs to step up with LeBron James LeBron James put on a heroic performance in a Game 2 win over the Pacers, finishing with 46 points after scoring Cleveland's first 16.The Cavaliers coach has challenged the rest of his team to step up after LeBron James single-handedly evened the series against the Pacers by leading Cleveland to a 100-97 win in Game 2 on Wednesday.

We lost – it happens,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said after practice Monday, his team preparing for Game 4 Tuesday night (8:30 ET, TNT) at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs coach had been asked, considering how much credit James gets when Cleveland wins – games, series

MEMPHIS -- LeBron James is on pace to play in all 82 games for the first time in his 15-year career because, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says , the Cavs star feels obligated to be out there every night for his teammates.

Lue said James “felt good” after the heavy workload and is ready to attack more when the two teams take the floor next.

“He's in a good place. (James) just said, 'We got to be more aggressive offensively, me being aggressive.' That's about it,” Lue said.

Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Wednesday in Cleveland.

NBA playoffs 2018: LeBron James takes control vs. Pacers in 1st quarter of Game 2 .
Breaking news: LeBron James is still good at basketball.Regardless of what tipped him off (perhaps it was his coach, Tyronn Lue, telling reporters he needed to be more assertive), James appeared to enter Wednesday's Game 2 matchup with the full intention of reminding everyone of his greatness.

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