By Chris Manning
In the lead-up to Saturday’s pivotal Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers are stressing one thing above all else: communication.
In team film sessions, the Cavs are watching defensive breakdowns from their first two games against the Celtics and, according to coach Tyronn Lue, the break has been good for the team in part because it has given them a chance to reflect on what’s gone wrong.
“It’s a good break. It’s a good advantage for them to take advantage of,” he said Thursday after the Cavs’ practice. “Showing them things on tape that we can get better at, things we need to take away, the small things communication wise — we had seven, eight, nine breakdowns where we just miscommunicated. We showed up today saying take away easy baskets, things we can avoid and those guys saw that and we incorporated a couple of other things.”
As for the players, who also said Thursday that they need to give LeBron James and Kevin Love more scoring help, they agree with their coach.
“We’ve watched a lot of film about it, where a lot of our breakdowns have happened,” George Hill said. “But you start to see once you’ve watched film, that we felt like we were doing a great job of moving the ball in certain areas of the game. But once some bad miscommunications situation got played, it kind of took out some...