Warriors players Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and David West took turns coaching the team and drawing up plays in the huddle during a 46-point blowout win over the Phoenix Suns Monday at Oracle Arena.
But after the Cavaliers made three deals in the final hours before the trade deadline last Thursday, which saw six players (guards Iman Shumpert, Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade and forwards Channing Frye and Jae Crowder) and a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft get dealt in exchange for Clarkson, Hood, Hill and Nance as well as a future selection, the focus is squarely back on pursuit of an NBA Championship. "It's still going to be a process, but the first three games, I didn't think that we'd not be decent, but they exceeded my expectations".
"There were times when I wanted to go to [Lue] and be like, 'Listen, man, I'm not playing well".
"I thought it was going to be a process", Lue said. He said he wouldn't and had a great reason.
Lue went on to rave about the new group's playmaking ability which allows them to do different things on the offensive end.
For all the positive attention he has received, the wide-open fast-break dunk the 6-foot-8 Osman missed in the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Celtics earned him notoriety of another kind. He received a Twitter mention from @Shaqtin, the official Twitter account for Shaquille O'Neal's weekly National Basketball Association follies collection on TNT. So I can see doing it again one time, a couple times. "But, it's all good". Then it's on me to make sure the new guys that come in.
Osman blamed it all on "probably getting too excited". He moved on and continued to perform, just like he'll move on from guarding Irving and Jayson Tatum to Russell Westbrook and Paul George on Tuesday. "If I'm going to get traded, I'm just going to go out playing the way I know how to play, '" he told McMenamin.