In an effort to reverse the Cleveland Cavaliers’ losing trend, head coach Tyronn Lue has made several adjustments. His latest tweak is limiting the time LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas share the court.
“We talked about it, so I think that needs to happen. My minutes just can’t be with LeBron at all times. We got to play to our strengths. Just like Chris Paul and James Harden, they don’t play together at all times.”
Cleveland’s starting unit — which included LeBron and IT — put together a commendable 16-minute effort against Detroit, but that hasn’t always been the case.
Having Thomas, J.R. Smith and Kevin Love on the floor simultaneously has been a defensive disaster. According to NBA.com, the three-man lineup has posted a 102.1 offensive rating compared to a 114.6 defensive mark.
Since Smith and Love are usually in the game with James, Thomas is the most sensible option to lead a non-LeBron unit. The 19 minutes with the duo is a notable drop from their typical 25-30 together.
Lue might continue experimenting with his rotations, but this change is a useful first attempt at shaking up the Cavs.