The Cleveland Cavaliers are one win away from entering the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season where they have the chance to settle their score against the Golden State Warriors. However, coach Tyronn Lue isn’t yet thinking about the Cavs-Warriors 3 and keeps his focus on the Boston Celtics.
“I don’t even think about them,” Lue said of the Warriors to a small group of traveling Cleveland beat writers following the Cavs’ Game 4 win Tuesday. “We’re just focused on Boston. The stuff they’re running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it’s a totally different thing.”
Tyronn Lue: Boston Celtics tougher to defend than GSW
Coach Tyronn Lue believes the Celtics are harder to defend than the Golden State Warriors. Some people will definitely not agree with Lue’s comment. As of now, there is no doubt that the Warriors are the better team offensively, especially after the Celtics lost Isaiah Thomas in Game 2.
However, even without Thomas, the Celtics still managed to grab their first win of the series in Game 3. Though they lost in Game 4, they gave the Cavaliers a tough battle in the earlier part of the game. Lue defended his statement and explained how coach Brad Steven’s strategy helped the Celtics remain competitive.
“Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s—,” Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens’ schemes. “I’ll be like, ‘F—.’ They’re running all kinds of s—, man. And Brad’s got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It’s tough, you know, it’s tough.”
LeBron James also shared the same sentiment as Lue and credited Stevens for reshaping the Celtics. However, in Game 4, the Cavaliers exposed the Celtics’ weakness, especially on the offensive end of the floor. Without a star like Thomas, the Celtics don’t have anyone who can score when they need a basket on a consistent basis.
Can the Cleveland Cavaliers close the series in Game 5?
As the series shift to Boston, the Celtics are eyeing to get their first win at home and aim for the possibility of forcing a Game 7. However, the Cavaliers already know how to counter coach Brad Steven’s schemes and will surely end the Celtics’ suffering in their upcoming game. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavaliers and the Celtics will be on Thursday night at TD Garden.
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