Boston Celtics Are Are Giving The Cleveland Cavaliers A Run For Their Money In The Eastern Conference Finals
Many fans around the NBA and in Boston have called this series with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers over, but for Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue, his team still has a tough task in getting a fourth win against the C’s.
“We’re just focused on Boston,” Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs’ Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. “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.”
While many might think he is joking, he isn’t.
“Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s—,” Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens’ schemes. “I’ll be like, ‘F—.’ They’re running all kinds of s—, man. And Brad’s got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It’s tough, you know, it’s tough.”
Lue isn’t the only member of the Cav’s heaping praise on Brad Stevens and the C’s. Cavaliers star LeBron James has always heaped praise on Stevens and he credits the Celtics ability to change what they do to help them compete in games.
“So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach,” James told reporters. “You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5.”
Of course Lue and LeBron were being overly nice when talking about Boston behind the comfort of their 3-1 advantage in the series. But their comments are interesting, and it shows the strength and potential for the future of the C’s with Stevens at the helm.