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With Tyronn Lue unable to come out for the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 113-109 win at Chicago on Saturday night, which capped the longest road trip of the season, it was left to Larry Drew and LeBron James to offer assessments.
Drew, who coached the second half and ran the team for the third time this season because of an illness Lue is dealing with, termed the 3-3 finish of the six-game, 12-day journey on which the beleaguered Cavaliers finished 3-3 a success.
Given the circumstances, @cavs assistant coach Larry Drew, who took over after Tyronn Lue left the game with an illness, considers this a very successful road trip. #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/9BkTbcoG9g
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) March 18, 2018
“I call this a very successful trip,” Drew said. “That’s what I call it. Given the circumstances of what we had to endure on this road trip… minus Kevin (Love), minus Tristan (Thompson) early and then losing Cedi (Osman), losing Rodney Hood as well and then Larry Nance going down — to be out on the road for (12) days, six games, you come back 3-3, I call it a very successful trip.”
James, who posted the 15th triple-double of the season, the 70th of his career, in the victory, said it the main focus going forward is getting everyone healthy.
“We just want to get healthy… that’s just our main thing,” he said. “We want everybody to get healthy so we can see what type of team we can become.
“That’s still going to be challenging. It’s hard to just hit the switch like that. Health has always been our concern throughout the season and it still is at this point.”
The Cavaliers (40-29) now come back to Cleveland for a three-game homestand and occupy the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.