Cavs GM David Griffin went all-in by firing head coach David Blatt and promoting Tyronn Lue, saying the team wasn’t performing up to expectations.
Lue addressed the media on Saturday, saying that despite a 30-11 record, the defending Eastern Conference champs lost belief in themselves after this week’s blowout loss to the Warriors.
Lue has a reputation for understanding how to manage personalities and is said to have full support in the Cavs locker room, and LeBron James in particular.
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A day after replacing David Blatt, Lue said the team’s psyche unraveled after a 34-point pounding delivered by Golden State on the Cavaliers’ home turf. He said when faced with adversity, the team tended to fall apart.
“I think the tough times came in when we lost to Golden State, the way they beat us,” Lue said. “We came out having a different mindset. We thought the game would go a different way and when they hit us on a fast 12-2 [start], it kind of snowballed from there and we couldn’t quite catch up.
“So it was kind of tough for us at that point and we just kind of lost confidence in ourselves. I think that’s the disconnect. We lost confidence in ourselves, being a championship team. When a team you’re looking to face in The Finals comes in and beats you by 40 on your home court — one game — you lose confidence.”