Cavs coach Lue won't change first 5, wants more physicality
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 07, 2018 08:19 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue speaks at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said he wouldn't be altering his first five even if the Golden State Warriors went small by starting the returning Andre Iguodala.
Prior to the defending champions officially announcing Iguodala's availability to Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Lue said in his pregame press conference that he will not go away from his initial unit of George Hill, JR Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson.
"If he [Iguodala] starts, we'll still start the same way," he said.
Instead, Lue told reporters that he just wanted more out of the team on the defensive end.
"Just physicality. One through five, we've got to be more physical. We know they're trying to slip screens in Game 2, so we're on bodies, and we're physical. That takes away the slips, and they'll slip it right into your body," he explained.
Lue also hoped the return to The Land would do the team some good, saying, "When we get home, we play better. But we've got to play better. We can't just think because we're home, we're going to do that.
"Our guys are up to the challenge, excited, and we're ready to go."