CLEVELAND — The start of the Cavs season has been filled with lackluster play, and Sunday’s game was no different. The Cavs fell 117-115 to the Atlanta Hawks, the latest chapter in the team’s defeats at the hands of terrible teams. Head coach Tyronn Lue had some thoughts on the game, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.
“I’ll be honest with you guys,” said the third-year head coach, “our defensive scheme is called ‘Stand Around ‘till May,’ and I think the guys are running it pretty well. Unless the possession is in May or later, we’re gonna be lazy in defending pick and rolls and rotating.”
So far, this scheme has led to a lot of high-scoring games for opponents, but Lue does not seem overly concerned. It must be said that this is not the first radical defensive strategy implemented by a coach. Mike D’Antoni was famous for his “Don’t worry about it, think about offense” defensive scheme with the Phoenix Suns, which couldn’t quite lead them to a title. For now, the fans will have to join the players in waiting until May for something interesting.