Cavs stay physical and aggressive in NBA Finals Game 3
CLEVELAND– It’s was head coach Tyronn Lue’s word of the week: aggressiveness. And it showed in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for more than 60 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors, 120-90.
“I just think it’s two words, physicality and aggressiveness. I thought we were very physical defensively, and I thought we were aggressive offensively, attacking the basket, getting out in transition, running the floor,” Lue said.
J.R. Smith broke the franchise record for most 3-pointers in the postseason, while adding 20 points. It was also a big night for Tristan Thompson, with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
“He’s the heart and soul of our team. His toughness, his versatility defensively, his offensive rebounding ability,” Lue said. “He just puts a lot of pressure on teams, especially if they’re going to go small, we keep Tristan on the floor. He should be able to rebound most guys.”
Lue did not address his strategy if Kevin Love is cleared from concussion protocol to play in Friday’s game. He did, however, praise Richard Jefferson, who stepped into the starting lineup.
“I just think he gave us speed. I thought he gave us the physicality on Harrison Barnes, and that were were able to slide LeBron over to Draymond Green, which helped us out a lot,” the coach said.
Jefferson had 9 points and 8 rebounds.
The Warriors still lead the series, 2-1. Game 4 is Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.