NBA playoffs 2017: Cavaliers’ Tyronn Lue says Celtics more difficult to defend than Warriors

Limited Kids Stephon Tuitt Jersey Did Tyronn Lue throw some shade at the Warriors?

The Cavaliers coach made a shocking statement Wednesday, saying the Celtics were tougher to defend than the Warriors.

I don’t even think about (the Warriors), Lue told reporters, via ESPN.com. We’re just focused on Boston. The stuff they’re running, it’s harder to defend than Golden State’s [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it’s a totally different thing.

In the Cavs’ 15 playoff games, Smith has reached double-digit scoring just twice, with his high in shot attempts being nine. Compare that to his 2016 run when he took nine or more shots in 12 of Cleveland’s 21 playoff games, and you understand Lue’s reasoning.

The reason Smith is in the game his ability to get buckets. But if he’s not doing that, then Cleveland may as well put in a guard who plays better defense. Lue said as much after the game during his media session.

Q: If you would point a single aspect of your game you need to improve to win Game 3, what would it be?

Limited Kids Terrell Davis Jersey COACH LUE: Defensively. I think that having awareness, can’t relax, can’t fall asleep. This team, their offense is constant movement, so you got to be locked in, you can’t take a peek somewhere and lose your man, so they make you pay. And they have a lot of guys who can shoot the basketball, have a lot of guys who are great passers, so you got to be alert at all times.

Combine Lue’s comments with ESPN’s report, and don’t be surprised if you see Shumpert start Game 3.

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