Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue will continue to ride his preferred shooting guard J.R. Smith despite his current form slump.
Lue sounds very comfortable staying with the same lineup, the same rotations that didn't work in Games 1 and 2 and rolling the dice a third time with them.
"I can't let nobody get close to the King", Smith said Tuesday.
With regards to the pace, it might be too hard for the Cavaliers to create enough offense playing a half-court heavy game against the Warriors. "And I'm confident that we can play that way, and we did it past year". We did it previous year when a lot of people said we couldn't. But that's our game.
"We're not gonna change our game because of who we're playing. Those guys aren't going to play bad the whole series". "And we're not going to change just pause we're playing Golden State". "We play at our pace". Going home could be a key for Smith finding his shooting stroke, as he shot almost 15 percent better from deep at home compared to on the road during the regular season.
Down 2-0, you try anything. "There's obviously the change in venue (from Oakland to Cleveland) probably will spark a lot of energy from them, and we have to play even better to try to get a win in Game 3 than we have in the first two games, knowing how much they can feed off the home crowd, how inspired LeBron and Kyrie (Irving) are probably going to be".
The words and actions were much appreciated by Jefferson. "I feel like I can make any and every shot".
So bottom line the Cavs grand plan for Game 3 seems to be play better and feed off the crowd. The Warriors themselves were undefeated during the regular season playing at the pace Game 2 brought.
"I'm not making a change", Lue said. Compared to his season as a whole (7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game), he had slight upward ticks in his scoring (9.1 points per game) and rebounding (3.2 per game) averages in the role.
"We just have to take care of the basketball", Lue emphasized, despite the fact the Cavs only committed nine turnovers in Game 2.
My nighttime Cavs watching now takes me back, farther than I would like to admit, to when my brother and I would listen to games in his bedroom hours after we were supposed to be asleep. They set a great tone. "And I know they know how important they are".
Kerr's memory is spot-on.
"My first focus is the defensive end".