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Friday, April 26, 2019

Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers ‘anxious’ to play amid layoff

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the sixth day of a nine-day layoff between their sweep of the Toronto Raptors and their pending matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Coach Tyronn Lue admitted that some players are getting a bit restless and can’t wait for Wednesday, when Cleveland will open against either the Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards.

“I know our team is anxious to play,” Lue said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “(Kyle) Korver and LeBron, those guys are talking about it. So our guys are just anxious to play and ready to go out there.”

Lue has kept things varied during the layoff, incorporating things like group yoga and conditioning contests.

“You got to keep them engaged and, you know, show them new things,” Lue said. “I’ve got to trick them at times, but they’ve been pretty locked in and we’ve just got to continue to do what we do. It is what it is, and we just got to continue to work on what we need to get better at and then whoever we play we just got to be ready.”

On the bright side, the time off will allow Lue to focus on getting them to remember some things other than handshakes. Cleveland will certainly be ready to go on Wednesday.

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