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Report: Cavs plan to keep Lue as head coach despite recent struggles

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Report: Cavs plan to keep Lue as head coach despite recent struggles

CLEVELAND — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to fire coach Tyronn Lue despite the team’s recent slide.

The status of Lue, the only coach to win a championship with a Cleveland team since 1964, came into question following Saturday night’s 32-point home loss to Houston. However, Lue’s job isn’t in danger because of the need for “keeping continuity” at a challenging time, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because of the sensitive nature of the situation.

ESPN first reported that Lue’s job wasn’t in jeopardy.

Cleveland has lost 12 of 18 and has been blown out several times in the span.

Lue has been with the Cavaliers since 2016, when he replaced David Blatt midway through the season. Lue took over and guided the Cavs to a win over Golden State in the NBA Finals.

Lue: Cavs not going to change style vs Warriors, 'we have to play fast'

Lue: Cavs not going to change style vs Warriors, 'we have to play fast'

On Tuesday, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue was asked about the pace of play so far in the Finals.

"We have to play fast. That's our game," Lue told reporters. "You saw it early in the first half -- when LeBron is able to attack and get downhill with the floor open -- that's when we're at our best. If they help, kicking it out for 3s.

"We want to play with a pace, but to play with pace, you gotta get stops. When we get stops, we want to get out and run, we want to play with pace and we want to attack early."

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During the regular season, the Warriors were fourth in the NBA in pace (102.24), while the Cavs were 16th (98.38).

In Game 1, the pace was 102.52 and the Warriors outscored the Cavs 27-9 in fastbreak points. Golden State scored 21 points off 20 Cleveland turnovers.

In Game 2, the pace was 108.46 and the fastbreak points were practically even -- 31 to 30 in favor of the Warriors.

Golden State helped Cleveland out by turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, and the Cavs registered 17 points off those giveaways.

The Warriors only coughed it up three times in the third quarter, and turned a 67-64 halftime lead into a 102-88 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

"We just have to take care of the basketball," Lue emphasized, despite the fact the Cavs only committed nine turnovers in Game 2. "Taking good shots when you're playing with pace. And not turning the basketball over; letting them get out in transition.

"We're not gonna change our game because of who we're playing. I'm confident that we can play that way. We did it last year when a lot of people said we couldn't. But that's our game. That's who we are.

"And we're not gonna change just because we're playing Golden State."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Tyronn Lue turns to sarcasm: Warriors 'best I've ever seen'

Tyronn Lue turns to sarcasm: Warriors 'best I've ever seen'

The Warriors beat the Cavs 113-91 on Thursday night.

After the game, Tyronn Lue had the following exchange with a member of the media:

Reporter: "Obviously there's no team that's unbeatable, at the same time, you know their record right now in the postseason ... how well is this team playing? I know it's tough to answer that when you've been beaten by them somewhat soundly. How well is this team playing right now? And does that record reflect how good this team is right now?

Lue: "Yeah, they're the best I've ever seen."

Reporter: "Can you elaborate on that?"

Lue: "They're the best I've ever seen (chuckles). I mean, no team has done this, right? So 13-0 and they constantly break records every year, last year being 73-9, this year starting the playoffs 13-0. So, they're playing good basketball. But we can play better."

Kevin Durant registered 38 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and zero turnovers.

LeBron James recorded 28 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and eight turnovers.

LeBron -- your thoughts on the game?

“You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year that we saw in the regular season and the postseason and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that (Durant), with a great basketball IQ like that, that’s what stands out,” he told reporters. “There’s no if, ands or buts. It is what is what it is.

"We’ve got to figure out how to combat that which will be a tough challenge for us.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller