Tyronn Lue: Cavs must treat Game 6 like ‘ this is our Game 7’
The Cleveland Cavaliers reasserted its control of the Eastern Conference Finals by throttling the Toronto Raptors on its home court, winning Game 5 with ease to the tune of a 116-78 blowout victory on Wednesday night.
Now with Game 6 looming at Air Canada Centre, a quasi-house of horrors for the Cavaliers this postseason as the team lost its first and only two games of the postseason there in Games 3 and 4, Tyronn Lue stressed that Friday night’s game should be viewed not only as a potential elimination game for the Raptors, the Cavaliers would be well-served to view it as such as well.
“We want to come in with the approach that this is our Game 7,” Lue said, via an AP report. “We’ve worked hard all season to get to this point, and we want to treat this next game as our Game 7.”
The Cavaliers of course could still win the series at Quick Loans Arena on Sunday should the Raptors hold serve in Game 6. But Lue clearly feels that it’s best to not give the Raptors any sense of hope and put a quick end to the series with a much better effort than the Cavs displayed in losing two games in a row in Canada.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, meanwhile, says his players should and will thrive on the home court advantage Game 6 offers.
“We’ve been here before,” he said. “We’re here at home. We’ve played well here at home. We are playing against one of the best teams in the NBA right now. Our guys take solace from being at home, understanding we’ve been here before and we can bounce back from it. I have faith we will bounce back.”
Casey has made statements throughout the postseason about the Raptors’ resiliency and how the team plays best when its doubted. Friday’s game will be the ultimate test to prove his theory accurate.