Sport Tyronn Lue says Celtics ‘gooning the game up;’ Marcus Smart upset with JR Smith’s flagrant

07:55  16 may  2018
07:55  16 may  2018 Source:

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert let Tyronn Lue know it was OK to fail

  Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert let Tyronn Lue know it was OK to fail "Sometimes I think we should NOT be afraid to fail as much as we seem to be," Gilbert wrote in a text message to Tyronn Lue.Taking that into account, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert gave Tyronn Lue a chance to experiment this season. In essence, he gave him permission to lose knowing full well the Cavaliers were going to make the playoffs in a mediocre Eastern Conference.

“LeBron is on just a ridiculous run,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “Every time we come to the playoffs he has that edge,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. “He has been doing this a long time,” Boston guard Marcus Smart said .

BOSTON -- JR Smith has offered more than a few justifications for Tyronn Lue ' s sticking with him in what has been (until lately) a fairly trying season for Smith and the Cavs. "Sometimes your shot is going to come and go, that' s just part of the game ," Lue said .

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants his team to play more physically as the Eastern Conference finals shifts to Cleveland.

a group of people playing a game of basketball: JR Smith and Marcus Smart © (Getty Images) JR Smith and Marcus Smart

The Celtics took a 2-0 series lead over the Cavs with a 107-94 win on Tuesday night. Six different Boston players recorded double-figure scoring totals in the game.

“They’re playing tougher than we are. We see that,” Lue said to reporters after the loss. “They’re being physical. They’re gooning the game up and we’ve got to do the same thing. We’ve got to be tougher mentally and physically.”

But, it was the Celtics players that were upset with a foul late in the fourth quarter.

Marcus Smart's mother begins chemo, wants son to focus on playoffs

  Marcus Smart's mother begins chemo, wants son to focus on playoffs Smart's mother was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, but told her son he needs to remain focused on beating the Cavaliers.The Celtics guard's mother, Camellia, was recently diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and started chemotherapy Monday — the day after Game 1.

Would Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue allow LeBron James or other Cleveland players to do something similar? DeRozan, after getting benched for the fourth quarter of Game 3, got ejected for a flagrant foul in the third quarter Marcus Smart added 14, but when your defensive specialist is your third

Tyronn Lue said Sunday that he liked the physical approach the Cavaliers showed in Game 4 and his team needs to replicate the same mindset on Monday' s Game 5 at Oakland. Cavs guard JR Smith took issue with Lue ' s wording.

With 3:49 to play and Boston leading by eight, JR Smith pushed Al Horford in the back while he was attempting to finish an alley-oop. Following the play, Boston guard Marcus Smart confronted Smith and the pair exchanged words. Smith was called for a flagrant 1 foul after replay review.

Smart said after the game that Smith’s foul was "a dirty shot."

“We just can’t allow that to keep happening,” Smart said. “That’s not the first time JR has done some dirty stuff, especially playing against us. It’s like a bully. You keep letting a bully pick on you, he’s going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up.”

Smith shot 0 of 7 from the field and failed to score in the game. Smart finished with 11 points and nine assists off the bench for Boston.

NBA playoffs 2018: Tyronn Lue wants Cavaliers to play at faster pace in Game 3 .
Cleveland dropped back-to-back games in Boston to open the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the team plans to play at a quicker tempo Saturday in Game 3."We have to come out with a sense of urgency to attack early, don't ease into the game or let [Boston] off the hook," Lue said to reporters after Cleveland’s practice Friday (via ESPN). "We know they play well at home, and they had two good games. Now it's our turn."Cleveland has scored less than 95 points in both games of the series. Lue said he’ll rely on point guard George Hill to push the Cavaliers' pace.

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