Tyronn Lue makes big lineup changes for Game 2 Video

Dan Gilbert and Tyronn Lue

Dan Gilbert and Tyronn Lue

After he was benched for the beginning of the Cavaliers' opening-round series win over the Pacers, his double-double performance as a starter (15 points, 10 rebounds) in their 105-101 Game 7 victory made Thompson relevant again.

"We'll play better", the Cavs coach said Monday following practice at TD Garden. Nothing is official, and this is the playoffs so smokescreens are everywhere, but this sounds like Lue is leaning toward going big (which would move Kyle Korver to a bench role). Thompson has a favorable track record against the Celtics center, who the Cavs are facing for the fourth consecutive postseason. Both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson called out the team's toughness, with Love going as far as saying the Cavs were 'a little soft'. Get the app and get the game. The players have been stepping up for them.

Lue felt like the Cavs' offense is what caused the Cavs' defense to slide, but Thompson said Love's assessment was spot-on. "I think that Coach [Brad Stevens] kinda has to determine that", said Horford. "They took advantage of mismatches". We've got to help him and be effective. "We just need to be better at making them feel us". Much like their seven-game first round series against IN, the answer to their problems will only come from within. "We won seven out of eight".

If we've learned anything about LeBron James over the second half of his career, it's that he doesn't go quietly. "We didn't play well [in Game 1] with that lineup that got us to this point".


"Looking at the statistics, over the last three years with at least 30 possessions [defending him], out of all the guys that have guarded Al Horford, Tristan is No. 1 in the league defending Al Horford", Lue said. "I think that's a good thing to know".

"It's definitely something we have to weigh", Lue said of moving away from the smaller lineup that brought them dominant results entering the third round.

Thompson's re-emergence in the starting five would be just another peak in his drastically up-and-down playoffs. "Horford is playing well". "If you can't get up to play All-Star bigs, then I have nothing to tell you".

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