Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue recently made a splash by saying that the Boston Celtics were harder to defend than the Golden State Warriors. Some response was certainly expected from the Warriors. Acting coach Mike Brown supplied it.
Mike Brown was asked about Tyronn Lue saying Boston is tougher to defend than Golden State: "That's his opinion. It's cute."
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 25, 2017
This is the latest jab between these two teams. Following his team’s Western Conference Finals win, Golden State owner Joe Lacob stated that he wanted Cleveland, to settle some “unfinished business” from 2016.
Now, some back-and-forth heading into the NBA Finals is natural. What makes this unique is that it’s all happening before the finals matchup is actually locked in. Granted, it seems inevitable, given that the Cavaliers hold a 3-1 lead on the Celtics. But if 2016 taught us anything, it should be that 3-1 leads can be overcome.
Certainly expect more of this in the coming days.
The finals will not begin until June 1. If Cleveland disposes of Boston on Thursday, it will leave a full week of more subtle jabs between the two teams before things finally get going.