LeBron, Lue agree: Cavs need to be more aggressive

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CLEVELAND-- The Cavaliers return to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals with a two-game deficit.

Head coach Tyronn Lue, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James spoke with members of the media Tuesday afternoon. They all focused on how they need to be more aggressive, both individually and as a team.

“I have to just have the mindset to continually be aggressive,” Irving said. “Just being the general out there.”

“I try to do whatever it takes to help our team win,” James said. “My game doesn’t waiver one way or another… I do everything. For me, after Game 2, I said I have to play better.”

Lue said James needs to stay in attack mode throughout the game, but also talked about being more aggressive as a coach.

“Just have my team ready to play. Just taking advantage of mismatches,” Lue said. “They are taking advantage of our switching… They put you at some disadvantages.”

Kevin Love flew back with the team, but did not practice on Tuesday. Lue said he remains in concussion protocol and will be reevaluated on Wednesday. The head coach would not elaborate on the back-up plan if Love is unable to play.

Game 3 is Wednesday at 9 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. It's a best-of-seven series.

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The schedule goes Tyronn Lue at 12:30, Kyrie Irving at 12:40 and LeBron James at 12:50.

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Kevin Love flew back with the team and remains in concussion protocol. Coach Lue says they will reevaluate tomorrow.

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Lue says Timofey Mozgov could play in place of Love, but “He has to be ready.”

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“History is something that’s made to be broken,” Lue says of the Warriors record and team’s being down 2-0 in the NBA Finals. “The series is not over until a team wins four.”

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Lue says LeBron James needs to stay in attack mode. He says he also needs to do a better job as coach.

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“We haven’t lost a playoff game here,” Lue says, while talking about Golden State overcoming their loses to beat OKC in the Western Conference Finals.

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“He’s got to make quick decisions and he understands that,” Lue on Kyrie. He says they have discussed other options if Kevin is unable to play. “We have to play faster, we have to get stops.”

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“We have some of the best fans in the world and they support us,” Lue says. “They’re 3-4 on the road and we’re undefeated at home… We’re going to give them something to cheer about.”

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“We have to drive the basketball,” Lue says. Praises Richard Jefferson in Game 2.

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“Just have my team ready to play. Just taking advantage of mismatches,” Lue on what he needs to do better. “They are taking advantage of our switching… They put you at some disadvantages.”

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Kyrie Irving is up now. What does he need to do better? Attacking early in transition and staying true to himself.

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“We just got to withstand the punches,” Irving says. “Preparation, a lot of film work.” He says the Warriors are making him and Bron uncomfortable on defense.

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“You can see it in their play. They’ve been that way for practically the last two seasons,” Kyrie says on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. He says they have the green light, “They’re dang near neon.”

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“I have to just have the mindset to continually be aggressive,” Kyrie says. “Just being the general out there.”

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“Over the last year and a half, I’ve just learned to play in between that and let him do what he does,” Kyrie says of LeBron.

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On going for the US Olympic team: “I haven’t really thought about it.” 

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LeBron will be up next.

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LeBron James says he didn’t know Steph Curry pulled out of the US Olympic team.

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“He’s the commander and we have to go out and do it,” James on coach Lue.

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“We’re a confident bunch, especially at home,” LeBron says. “Our fans have done a great job of giving us everything and we have to give it back to them.”

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“I try to do whatever it takes to help our team win,” LeBron says. “My game doesn’t waiver one way or another… I do everything. For me, after Game 2, I said I have to play better.”

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On if Kevin Love can’t play: “It’s gotta be next man up… Obviously, Kevin’s health is very important.”

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“For me, I’m the leader of this team… This is a do or die game for us and we understand that. We’re going to give it everything we got,” LeBron says.

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LeBron says hopefully he, Kyrie and Kevin can take some defenders away from the Cavs shooters. Says they need to be more aggressive in the paint.

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“I think Game 1 we played good basketball. They just took care of business and took us out of the game,” LeBron says. He adds the Warriors did pretty much whatever they wanted to do during at least two quarters of Game 2.

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“We can’t afford to go down 3-0,” LeBron says. 

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“If we can score a bit more, which I believe we can do in Game 3, that helps out our defense even more,” LeBron says.

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“I’m not Michael, I’m not Ali, I’m not anybody else,” LeBron says. “I work on my craft all season long… I am who I am.”

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“I watched the game as soon as I got on the bus,” LeBron says. It’s one of the first times in a long time he caught the bus back to the hotel and watched the game with James Jones. “I’m out there making plays for myself and my teammates as well… I’ll be much better and much more sound tomorrow night.”