Cavs planning to push pace in Game 2
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants LeBron James and the offense to pick up the pace and play at a faster tempo in Game 2 of the NBA Finals tonight against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Lue hopes to speed it up by pushing the ball in transition and getting into offensive sets more quickly.
“I just told LeBron I need him to play faster,” Lue said at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., site of tonight’s game. “I need him to pick up the pace for us offensively, getting the ball out and just beginning to play faster.”
James and the Cavaliers are ready to get back on the court after a disheartening loss in Game 1.
The Warriors won the opener 104-89 Thursday night despite guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combining for only 20 points.
James put up 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in Game 1, but the Cavs’ offense lacked the flow that saw them rip through the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 12-2 record.
The Cavaliers shot only 38.1 percent from the field and made 15 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Warriors.
“I don’t think we’re that far off,” James said. “Coach has given us a game plan, and we need to execute it. If Coach feels like we need to play faster, then we do. We’ve got to push the tempo a little bit more offensively, see if we can get down, get some easy baskets and get into the flow of our game.
“It’s been a good thing for us throughout the whole season once Coach Lue took over, so we need to do that.”
The Cavs watched film at their San Francisco hotel on Friday before arriving at the Oakland arena.
“They make you stagnant and make you play one-on-one basketball, because that’s all you can get,” Lue said. “So if we pick up the pace and play with a faster tempo offensively, I think we’ll be fine.”
Despite being outscored 45-10 in bench points and not taking advantage of the off nights by Curry and Thompson, the Cavs said they are confident with making the necessary adjustments for Game 2.
“I think we’re in a good place psychologically and mentally,” said Kevin Love, the former Minnesota Timberwolves forward who had 17 points in Game 1. “We remain calm, but also know that this next game is huge for us.”