Lue said Cleveland's inability to generate much on the offensive end hurt them.
Such convoluted circumstances are less than ideal, and it's not as if the Lakers have the horses to remain competitive most nights (as their record clearly indicates). Walton didn't suddenly forget how to coach.
Russell started at shooting guard with Nick Young sidelined on Sunday, making his return to the starting lineup after spending the past three games coming off the bench.
The role switch sparked a masterful scoring outburst, which began with 18 first-quarter points. The latest team to make one of those move was the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James also added he wanted to play, but listened to his coach because he knows best. "He just told me to keep working". "I feel bad for the league". "He's a special player". "If we can learn to play defense nightly, we always give ourselves a chance".
Of course, scheduling is one of the most hard jobs in basketball.
One hundred one points! I'd imagine you could figure out a way to make Russell and Ball work in the same backcourt.
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That production can't be expected night in, night out, but given how well they looked out there tonight, it's absolutely fair to wonder what took so long for those two to finally start together.
With the exception of Russell, the Cavaliers held the Lakers to 25 percent shooting from the field during the opening quarter. Regardless, Russell showed why he was drafted so highly, which he has done here and there but not almost enough to cement his status as franchise star.
This game should mean a lot to Doc Rivers and his team.
When asked about inconsistency, Russell referenced his mindset and how it needs to change.
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"I definitely hope to stick around and just get the National Basketball Association experience, but if not, get back to the D-League, keep working hard, keep working on my game and see where that goes", Nwaba said. I just think getting those two back tomorrow and getting on the same page is good for us, instead of just trying to play him when Kevin can't play in a back-to-back and Kyrie can't play in the back-to-back. Weirder things have happened, but the Cavs should have a to wrap this one up early.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue of coaches periodically resting their players, there is a real concern about a team ensuring that they have their most talented athletes at or near full health for a successful playoff push.