Once the Cavaliers chose to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, they have been engaged in a race against time to get whole before the postseason begins.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team.
"He gives us that real inside presence along with his ability to shoot the ball from the outside", coach Larry Drew, standing in for Lue, said. Wojnarowski also reported that Lue's goal is to return before the start of the playoffs.
Even if that occurs, nothing else has gone according to the plan for the Cavaliers this season. All the while, LeBron James was the constant.
James and the Cavs passed their first with flying colors. They have already dealt with their ups and downs this season and may struggle to find consistency with Drew at the helm.
"That might be as hard a head-coaching job as there is in the NBA", Harris told The Post before the Nets beat the Grizzlies, 118-115, at Barclays Center. The Bucks next host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
That is not a lot of time for Drew to get comfortable with his new role, nor is it alot of time for Lue to get a good grip on the rotational changes once back.
As is nearly always the case with the pride of Akron, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and face of the franchise, James said the right things upon learning of the latest challenge to face the Cavs in a season that's been full of them.
LeBron James was absolutely unstoppable in the Cavaliers 124-117 win over the Bucks on Monday.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue could return to the bench next week after taking leaving of absence. Drew spent almost two decades as a journeyman National Basketball Association assistant - following a decade as a journeyman National Basketball Association player - before getting a chance as the head man first with the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons, and then with the Bucks in 2013-14.
Drew said before the game that he knew Lue was reluctant to step away, calling him a "warrior". He took over the helm of the Cavaliers after the team fired then-head coach David Blatt mid-season.
He'll have a healthy James, but not much else.
Cleveland was 11-9 without Love, who was injured on January 30.
Late in the first half, Love caught fire from three-point range and hit back-to-back three-pointers that expanded Cleveland's lead over Milwaukee to seven points. "Because he's the first player ever to score 40 on me that easy". "Guys probably really enjoyed playing in a game like this". Nothing else in the Cavaliers' profile, from injury issues to lack of time together to on-court production, can justify it. The absence of Lue is certainly hard to take for the team but they must overcome it to be successful going forward.