Cavs' Lue wants aggressive start from LeBron

From ESPN - April 16, 2018

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue implored LeBron James to start Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers more aggressively Wednesday and hinted at lineup changes.

In Cleveland's 98-80 Game 1 loss on Sunday, James did not attempt a shot until there was 1:52 remaining in the first quarter, at which point the Cavs already trailed 25-8.

"He has to be aggressive and set the tone early," Lue said Monday. "We talked about that today ... being aggressive early, setting the tone, especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along. He understood that, but once again, he's always a guy trying to get his teammates off early, get them guys going, then try to feel the game out. But be ready to set a tone."

James explained Sunday that he was, in essence, taking what the defense was giving him.

"That's just how the game was being played," James said after totaling 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. "Guys had great looks and they just did not go down. ... There was two on the ball at times. I was assisting and guys just could not make shots to start the game, so it was just how the game was going on."

Lue said James was in good spirits after their talk Monday.

"He felt good," Lue said. "His body felt good. I know he played 40-some minutes, but he said his body felt good. He's in a good place. (James) just said, 'We got to be more aggressive offensively, me being aggressive.' That's about it."

Beyond James' part in turning things around for the Cavs in Game 2, Lue was asked if he was contemplating changing up his lineup.

"We are looking at it but I am not going to talk about it," Lue said.

Lue might have showed his hand when asked about how the remaining role players from Cleveland's 2016 championship team -- JR Smith and Tristan Thompson -- can help.

"We have been talking about it as a staff," Lue said. "I just know those guys have been through everything with us the last four years and we won a championship, went to three Finals. Tristan and JR played a big part of that. We understand that and trust me, we know that."


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