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Tag Archives: Tyronn Lue
TYRONN LUE – He was the first individual that popped into my mind as the good from this first round series. He out coached and Stan Van Gundy with his adjustments and out of bounds plays or as they’re known in NBA circles – ATO’s – After Time Out plays! Not bad for only coaching half a regular season and coaching in his 1st ever playoff series as the head coach.
THE BIG THREE – They finally looked like they can play together. They clicked in this series. Each of them had their moments and in those moments helped the team win games. They combined to average 69ppg – 23.2rpg – 13.2apg.
KYRIE IRVING – He looked healthy, shot the ball well from distance, didn’t over dribble for the most part, actually played some defense especially on the final play of Game #4 and did something that is very rarely done, he led a LeBron James team in individual scoring with 27.5 points per game in a playoff series!
LeBRON JAMES – He continued his great all-around game attacking the basket at times in the series but still not enough for me. Hopefully he will attack the rim more in the next round, but you can’t argue with his final numbers in sweep (22.8ppg – 9rpg – 6.8apg). “The King” has been in “Zero Dark Thirty – 23” mode for quite some time now and is playing his best basketball of the season.
KEVIN LOVE – Despite not shooting it well at 41% from the field, he did score points 18.8ppg and led the team in rebounding 12rpg and his effort was outstanding on defense even though he may not have always been that effective. A good series for Love, and like Irving he came out of it healthy and gained some valuable playoff experience!
J.R. SMITH – “Swish” did his job in three of the four games knocking down three-point shots and unbelievable “end of the shot clock baskets” to become that fourth scorer that the Cavaliers need. He also played good defense and kept his cool, which is paramount for him and this team moving forward. In other words, he didn’t lose his mind and have a J.R. moment that could hurt his team.
MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA – “Delly” was the one consistent player off the bench as he played outstanding on offense and defense. The Cavaliers need him to continue this type of play throughout the playoffs and into the NBA finals.
TRISTAN THOMPSON – His Numbers don’t look great but he was the sacrificial lamb in this series and accepted that role. He had to give up statistics and take one for the team in guarding “HUGE” Andre Drummond and he did an outstanding job of that. A total team player.
A SERIES SWEEP – Regardless of how it happened, anytime you can “Broom” a team in the playoffs and come out of that series healthy it’s a great thing. Now you can rest and watch the next team you’re going to play in the NBA Playoffs as they continue to battle in their first round series and maybe get a little banged up or at the very least, get tired The less games you have to play, the less chance a player on your team can get hurt.
THE CAVS BY THE NUMBERS 2015-16 REGULAR SEASON
Cavs finished 57-25 to win the Central Division and the #1 seed in the East.
David Blatt’s record as Cavs head coach was 30-11 (.732).
Tyronn Lue’s record as Cavs head coach was 27-14 (.659).
THE BIG THREE
Cavs “Big 3” combined to average 61.1ppg – 21.6rpg – 13.8apg – 7.5to/pg.
Cavs “Big 3” shot a combined 47.1%(fg) – 33.4%(3fg) – 79%(ft).
LeBron James lead the Cavs in total points (1,920), points per game (25.3), a team high (37) points in one game, assists per game (6.8), total assists (514), steals per game (1.4), total steals (104), turnovers per game (3.3), total turnovers (249), free throws made (359), free throws attempted (491), field goals made (737), field goals attempted (1,416) and minutes played (2,708:33).
Tristan Thompson led the Cavs in game started (82), field goal percentage (58.8%) and offensive rebounds (268).
Kevin Love and J.R. Smith tied for the Cavs team lead in games started with (77).
Kevin Love led the Cavs in rebounds per game (9.9), defensive rebounds (613) and total rebounds (762).
J.R. Smith led the Cavs in three point field goals made (204), three point field goals attempted (510) and personal fouls (204).
Mo Williams led the Cavs in free throw shooting (90.5%).
Matthew Dellavedova led the Cavs in three point shooting percentage (41%)
Timofey Mozgov led the Cavs in total blocked shots (57) and blocks per game (0.8).
*These were all based on a minimum of 41 games played*
CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today that David Blatt has been released from his duties as head coach. Associate Head Coach Tyronn Lue has been named Head Coach. The current Cavaliers assistant coaches and staff remain under contract and will continue working with the team.
“On behalf of the organization, I would like to thank David Blatt for his efforts and commitment to this franchise,” said Griffin. “He spent the last year and a half battling intense scrutiny, working to mold a very willful group and we all recognize that is not at all an easy task.”
“But with that said, when you have the clarity of purpose that our ownership has instilled in this entire organization, decisions often make themselves. Every decision made is an answer to the following question: does it put us in the best position to deliver Championships to Northeast, Ohio.”
“So, today, we are elevating Tyronn Lue, from his role as Associate Head Coach to Head Coach. I am more than confident that he will have the pulse of our team and the buy-in required to enhance the habits and culture that will foster the kind of identity and results we must have.”
Blatt was named the 19th head coach in Cavaliers history on June 20, 2014. During his one and half seasons as head coach, Blatt compiled a regular season record of 83-40 and a 14-6 mark in last year’s playoffs.
“Over the course of my business career I have learned that sometimes the hardest thing to do is also the right thing to do,” said Dan Gilbert, Majority Owner of the Cavaliers. “Our ownership group supports David Griffin’s decision. We would like to thank David Blatt for his work over these past two seasons where the Cavaliers transformed into a playoff team after a rebuilding phase. We believe Tyronn Lue is the right coach at the right time to put us in the best position to take the last but most challenging step to complete our mission to deliver Cleveland an NBA Championship.”
Lue is in his second season with the Cavs after being hired as the associate head coach in June 2014. He was previously an assistant coach on Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers, who captured the Pacific Division title with a 57-25 record in 2013-14. Prior to the Clippers, Lue spent four seasons as a member of Rivers’ Boston Celtics staff, the last two as an assistant coach. He began his time in Boston as the Director of Basketball Development in 2009-10.
Originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, Lue played 11 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 554 career games with the Lakers, Washington, Orlando, Houston, Atlanta, Dallas and Milwaukee. The former University of Nebraska star won NBA Championships in 2000 and 2001 with the Lakers.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 2014 SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER
|#||NAME||POS||HT||WT||DOB||PRIOR TO NBA/HOME COUNTRY||LAST TEAM||YRS PRO|
|15||Anthony Bennett||F||6-8||243||3/14/93||UNLV / Canada||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)||1|
|56||Will Cherry||G||6-0||185||2/8/91||Montana / USA||Canton Charge (D-League)||R|
|45||Jack Cooley||F/C||6-9||246||4/4/91||Notre Dame / USA||Trabzonspor (Turkey)||R|
|8||Matthew Dellavedova||G||6-4||200||9/8/90||St. Mary’s (CA) / Australia||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)||1|
|57||Shane Edwards||F||6-7||220||5/31/87||Arkansas-Little Rock / USA||Canton Charge (D-League)||1|
|30||Carrick Felix||G/F||6-6||201||8/17/90||Arizona State / USA||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)||1|
|41||Steven Gray||G||6-5||205||4/8/89||Gonzaga / USA||BCM Gravelines (France)||R|
|12||Joe Harris||G||6-6||225||9/7/91||Virginia / USA||Virginia (College)||R|
|24||Scotty Hopson||G||6-7||206||8/8/89||Tennessee / USA||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)||1|
|10||Sergey Karasev||G/F||6-7||208||10/26/93||BC Triumph / Russia||Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)||1|
|53||Alex Kirk||C||7-0||245||11/14/91||New Mexico / USA||New Mexico (College)||R|
|21||Andrew Wiggins||F||6-8||194||2/23/95||Kansas / Canada||Kansas (College)||R|
Roster is as of July 8th and subject to change.
2014 SUMMER LEAGUE COACHING STAFF
CAVS HEAD COACH David Blatt (Princeton)
CAVS ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH Tyronn Lue (Nebraska)
Cavaliers Preliminary Round Game Schedule
Friday, July 11 Milwaukee vs. Cleveland* 8pm local/EST COX Pavilion NBA TV
Sunday, July 13 San Antonio vs. Cleveland* 4pm local/EST COX Pavilion NBA TV
Monday, July 14 76ers vs. Cleveland* 8pm local/EST COX Pavilion NBA TV
*all three game will air live on NBA TV
NBA Free Agency begins tonight July 1st at midnight eastern time. The Cavaliers have plenty of cap space to go after a big name free agent like LeBron James, or if G.M. David Griffin feels there’s no chance of bringing James back to Cleveland, he can direct his attention and dollars elsewhere on maybe one or two other free agents.
With that in mind here is a look at the Cavs current depth chart that new head coach David Blatt and associate head coach Tyronn Lue have to work with.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS DEPTH CHART
PG – Kyrie Irving (4th year) Jarret Jack (10th year) Matthew Dellavedova (2nd year)
SG – Dion Waiters (3rd year) Sergey Karasev (2nd year) Joe Harris (rookie)
SF – Andrew Wiggins (rookie) Carrick Felix (2nd year) Scottie Hopson (2nd year)
PF – Tristan Thompson (4th year) Anthony Bennett (2nd year)
C – Anderson Varjao (11th year) Tyler Zeller (3rd year) Dwight Powell (rookie) Brendan Haywood(13th year)
After Cavs #1 pick Andrew Wiggins met the media and the fans at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Friday June 27th, I met up with Cavs general manager David Griffin to talk to him about what he has accomplished so far in his short time as the team’s G.M. from hiring David Blatt, Tyronn Lue and drafting Wiggins with the first overall pick.