The Golden State Warriors have had success in ways the NBA hasn’t seen from any team. They rely off the three-point ball and use a small lineup to either shoot those perimeter shots or attack the basket.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue knows this and he also knows playing to their tempo usually gets them wins. Playing one-on-one basketball won’t help them, so he’s encouraged his star player, LeBron James, to play faster on offense.
“I just told LeBron I need him to play faster,” Lue said Friday. “I need him to pick up the pace for us offensively, getting the ball out and just beginning to play faster.”
“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.”
James repeatedly tried to take advantage of what he thought were mismatches but sometimes got bogged down, especially around the rim with Draymond Green or Andre Iguodala on him. He also had four of the Cavs’ 17 turnovers.