April 23, 2018

Tyronn Lue to rejoin Cavs as observer, ease back into coaching role

01 April 2018, 12:06 | Kristopher Drake

Report: Tyronn Lue Returning to Cavaliers Friday But Will Not Coach Against Pelicans

JR Smith

It's an inter-conference battle between teams battling for playoff position on the shores of Lake Erie.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is planning to rejoin the team as an observer against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, league sources told ESPN.

The Pelicans are 40-20 when they reach 100 points, while the Cavaliers are 44-17.

Since being acquired from the Sacramento Kings at the National Basketball Association trade deadline last month, Hill has appeared in 21 games for the Cavs, starting in each of them.

Last meeting: The Pelicans won 123-101 on October 28 in New Orleans.

The Cavaliers are 46-30 and third in the Eastern Conference standings. The game finished with a total of 224 points, which was just 4 points above the projected point total of 220 points.

The Pelicans rank 10th in rebounds per game (44.2) while the Cavaliers rank 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (43.9). On the season, New Orleans has defeated opponents by an average of 0.4 points. James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Anthony Davis went for 30 points and 14 rebounds, but Cousins posted a triple double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

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That would be an unfair assessment to make for both the Cavs and Ty Lue.

The Cavs had a season-low six turnovers Wednesday in Charlotte.

Cavs minute: They still have a half-game lead for third place in the East. Cleveland has won four in a row at home and five of its final seven regular-season games are here. The Cavaliers shot 48.4 percent from the field and went 11 of 28 from three point range in the contest.

Lue announced he was stepping away from the team March 19 to focus on his health. Cleveland is 23 in rebounding with 42 caroms a night while the team stands 10 with 23.5 assists per contest.

It seemed as though he found a home in Sacramento after signing a three-year deal in the offseason, but he became a necessity for a Cleveland squad that desperately needed help in the backcourt.

The Cavaliers are still unsure if Kevin Love will return for Friday's game, as he is still in the concussion protocol and is considered questionable.

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