Tyronn Lue Says Cavs Players Broke Down Crying Following Game 5 Loss
You can question the coaching or certain players on the team, but you can never question whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers cared about losing in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.
Following their Game 5 loss on Monday night at Oracle Arena in an effort to extend the series, the Cavaliers were emotionally and physically drained. All of those emotions eventually came pouring out in the locker room.
“We had a moment. I broke down so I couldn’t really finish my speech. A lot of guys cried because they wanted it bad,” head coach Tyronn Lue said following Cleveland’s 129-120 loss. “And that’s all you can ask. If you give all your effort and all the fight and all the heart you got, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win, and that’s what’s tough about sports.
“I credit our guys. I thought they gave everything they had, and we fought, we competed, and we never gave in, but they beat us.”
The Cavs absolutely dominated the Eastern Conference to the tune of a 12-1 record, as they made their way to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors for a third straight year. Then the wheels came flying off as they were blown out in Games 1 and 2, and had their hearts broken by a late Kevin Durant 3-pointer in Game 3 to put them in a 3-0 deficit that they would never climb out of.