Lue wants more ag­gres­sive James af­ter NBA play­off loss

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WASH­ING­TON — Cleve­land Cava­liers coach Ty­ronn Lue says he wants to see more ag­gres­sive play from LeBron James af­ter a blowout loss to In­di­ana to open the NBA play­offs.

James had a triple dou­ble against the Pac­ers in a 98- 80 game-one home loss Sun­day, but the four-time NBA Most Valu­able Player went 10 min­utes at the start of the game be­fore tak­ing his first shot and by then In­di­ana led, 25-8.

Lue says that can’t hap­pen again for James in game two on Wed­nes­day.

“He has to be ag­gres­sive and set the tone early,” Lue said. “We talked about that to­day, him just be­ing ag­gres­sive early, set­ting the tone, es­pe­cially for these new guys, bring­ing these guys along.

“He un­der­stood that, but once again, he’s al­ways a guy try­ing to get his team­mates off early, get them guys go­ing, then try to feel the game out. But be ready to set a tone.”

Cleve­land shot only 38.5% from the floor, with six turnovers and five bas­kets in the first quar­ter.

“It’s about be­ing more ag­gres­sive, at­tack­ing the bas­ket,” Lue said. “It’s also about phys­i­cal­ity on post ups, things like that. We’ve got to take bet­ter care of the bas­ket­ball, give them less points in tran­si­tion.

“We just got to do a bet­ter job of­fen­sively scor­ing the bas­ket­ball and tak­ing care of the bas­ket­ball We can’t give up 21 points in tran­si­tion. That’s where they thrive.

“If we can take those lit­tle easy points away, I think we’ll be fine.”

The loss was the first by James in a first-round NBA play­off se­ries since 2012 when his Mi­ami squad lost to New York.

Lue said he would look at lineup changes, which could see more time on the court for two vet­er­ans of Cleve­land’s 2015 cham­pi­onship run, guard J.R. Smith and for­ward Tris­tan Thomp­son. —

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