The Toronto Raptors finally put a complete game together Saturday night — Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were hitting shots, Bismack Biyombo was a force on the boards and in the paint, and the Toronto role players were making plays.
But they got some help from an off night from the Cavaliers that scored just 84 points — Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were a combined 4-of-28 shooting. That had Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue thinking he should have leaned more on LeBron James to get the offense going. Here is what he said Sunday, via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
“I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant,” Lue said Sunday. “I think we continued to run plays that had been effective and working throughout the course of this series, knowing that Kyrie and Kevin could get going at any time. I should have put the ball in LeBron’s hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me.”
After a loss, it’s natural for coaches and everyone on the losing team to be critical of their performance. And yes, it’s hard to say “more LeBron” is ever really a bad idea, he was 9-of-17 shooting on the night.
But if Love, Irving, and the Cavaliers role players aren’t hitting, it doesn’t matter what Lue or LeBron do.
Just don’t expect another off game from the Cavaliers.