The Cleveland Cavaliers have narrowed their search for head coach to Tyronn Lue and David Blatt with a decision expected soon, sources told ESPN.com. The team was in the final stages of researching both candidates on Thursday as they were believed to be in final preparations before making an offer.
Lue, 37, has interviewed several times with the Cavs over the last month and recently met with team owner Dan Gilbert for an extended session, sources said. Lue played point guard for seven teams in 11 years in the NBA before working on Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston and with the Los Angeles Clippers over the last four seasons.
Blatt, 55, had a second interview with the Cavs this week after he announced he was leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv last week. Blatt, who played collegiately at Princeton, has been one of the most successful coaches in Europe. He led Maccabi to the Euroleague title this season and coached the Russian National Team to the Bronze Medal in the 2012 Olympics.
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN