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Tyronn Lue 'Weighing' Starting Tristan Thompson in Game 2

Tyronn Lue 'Weighing' Starting Tristan Thompson in Game 2

Boston's passing, player movement, and pace torched the Cavaliers defense in Game 1 - and they did it getting inside.

The 27-year-old big man, who has appeared to iron out his personal affairs after cheating allegations overshadowed the birth of his daughter with Khloé Kardashian, is back on Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's radar as the team prepares for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"Looking at the statistics, over the last three years of at least 30 possessions, out of all the guys who've guarded Al Horford, Tristan is No. 1 in the league defending Al Horford", Lue said.

Love recalled how James played in Game 2 of the first round - scoring the Cavs' first 16 points straight en route to 46 as Cleveland tied its series with Indiana.

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The Cavs center played just 21 minutes in his team's 108-83 Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, racking up eight points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Lue was open to the idea before the start of this series but given the way his starting lineup demolished the Raptors in the conference semifinals, he rightfully wanted to give this group a chance to stay together.

Tristan Thompson could be earning his way back into the Cavaliers' good graces, too. "Bad first game. There's lot of things we can do better in the next one". [We've got] our job to do as other players. It is also important to know that the Celtics outrebounded the Cavaliers in the game. We need to help him. With the Celtics playing small, bringing in the big and dominating center might change the way both teams play in Game 2. We had a really tough loss; he came out and played really well and started that game off extremely well. Usually, they take the typical path for National Basketball Association players after they struggle: they missed shots, the other team made plays, one game at a time, etc.

Lue simply wants James to attack mismatches more often when the Celtics get caught on a switch defensively that should work in the Cavs' favor.


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