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Tyronn Lue: Poor Defense, Mindset the Cause of Cavs Recent Skid

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With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rocky opening to the 2017-18 season looking like growing pains at best and an all-out free fall at worst, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue called his team’s latest loss — a 114-95 rout at the hands of the New York Knicks — “unacceptable.”

“Tonight’s loss and the last couple are unacceptable, and the only way we’re going to be able to get out of it is to put the work in — as players, as coaches,” Lue said. “And we’re going to do that. … When you lose to teams the way we’ve been getting beat, it’s unacceptable.”

Cleveland (3-4) has lost four of its past five games by an average of 16.8 points per defeat. It isn’t just the losses but also the caliber of opponent that is alarming. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since April of his rookie season that a LeBron James team has lost three straight games against teams that didn’t make the playoffs the previous season.

“Until we get our spirits right, it’s going to be like this,” Lue said.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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76ers’ Joel Embiid Listed as Doubtful for Game 3 in Miami

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All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.

The series is tied 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Cavs’ Love Suffers Torn Ligament in Thumb, Will Play in Game 3

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb in Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” in Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after the game came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Knicks to Interview Kenny Smith for Head-Coaching Job

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TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA.

Source: ESPN

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