Tyronn Lue is challenging LeBron to be more aggressive early in Game 2 against Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Cleveland Cavaliers lost Game 1 at home thanks to Victor Oladipo’s incredible performance. Despite getting a triple-double (24 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds), James is still being criticized after the Pacers had already raced out to a 17-point lead per Jamie Cooper.
This is what Lue had to say about the importance of James’ aggression in Game 2:
“He has to be aggressive and set the tone early,” Lue said Monday. “We talked about that today … being aggressive early, setting the tone, especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along. He understood that, but once again, he’s always a guy trying to get his teammates off early, get them guys going, then try to feel the game out. But be ready to set a tone.”
James tried to get his teammates involved early, but most of them failed to step up when it mattered. Only two players finished with double figures for the game and those players were J.R. Smith and Larry Nance Jr. The Cavaliers as a whole shot just 38 percent from the field. They weren’t any better from downtown after shooting at 23 percent.
If the Cavaliers are going to progress to the second round, they’ll need more than just a few triple-doubles from James. Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, and J.R. will need to contribute consistently throughout the series when called upon. If not, Cavaliers fans could witness James’ first ever first-round exit which could result in his departure from Cleveland this upcoming offseason.