The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off a win against the Atlanta Hawks in the first game of the Conference semifinals. Head coach Tyronn Lue helped the Cavs to maintain their calm on court in the critical final minutes, pointed out LeBron James after the win.
The Cavs won by a margin of 11 points. The Cavs closed the game with a 17-5 run, sparked by J.R. Smith’s three-pointer from a James’ assist with 4:05 minutes remaining. Until then the Hawks kept on trading baskets with their much fancied opponents.
James, Smith, Thompson, Irving, Love, all the stars of the Cavs’ roster performed at the crucial phase, to notch up a win when things were becoming tough in the series opener.
“We have an even-keel mentality, starting with our head coach,” James said about Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.
“He’s the same way, no matter the point in the game,” James said, as reported by the Cleveland.com. “He gets on us, but he’s always saying, ‘Ok, let’s move on to the next possession. Let’s figure out a way we can be better next possession.’ And no matter the point in the game or the score he’s always the same way. It’s a calm feeling when you come to the sideline no matter if you’ve given up a lead or not.”
James took extra initiative by returning with 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He averaged 22.8 points in the series against the Pistons.
Lue praised his team’s combined effort.
“I just like that our guys come together when things get tough now,” Lue said. “That’s the biggest thing for us. We have a great team and when things get hard, we’ve got to come together even more. Down the stretch, Kevin was 4-for-17, but he stayed with it, but then LeBron and Kyrie stepped up at the end of the game and they made plays for us. That’s the type of team we have and that’s what they do for us.”
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