On getting in shape and new Cavs pace

Sam Amico

CLEVELAND -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Cavaliers notebook after Tyronn Lue's first victory:

1. When Tyronn Lue began talking about the Cavs being out of shape, it was a bit shocking. On the surface, it sounded like a shot at former coach David Blatt. But as the Cavs explained the situation, it's about being in the proper shape to play at a faster pace.

2. As I wrote recently, this is not about the Cavs becoming the Eastern Conference's version of the Golden State Warriors. Nor does general manager David Griffin want them to turn into the old Phoenix Suns, whose goal was to fire up a shot every seven seconds. Griffin worked for the Suns back then. But the Cavs ranked No. 23 in "pace" last season and it fell to No. 28 this season. They simply want an offense to create more easy baskets.

3. The Cavs indeed played at a much quicker pace Monday in their 114-107 victory over Minnesota. But the defense suffered. Lue admitted running more on offense made some players being "lax" on defense. That will be the challenge for the rookie head coach. One danger of a running team is that it tends to rest on defense.

Click here for Terry Pluto's full column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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