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Tyronn Lue says LeBron James is leading by example for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Following the Cleveland Cavaliers' blowout loss to the Miami Heat in mid-March, head coach Tyronn Lue took LeBron James to one side to make sure his head was in the right place. 

After some unusual activity on social media, there were reports doing the rounds that everything was not rosy in Ohio. However, James has been on a tear since their chat. 

In his past seven games, the King has averaged a stunning 28.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 9.6 assists, shooting 57 percent from the field and 38 percent from three.

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The 2015 Eastern Conference champions have gone 8-2 in that time and have all but secured their spot as the number one seed. They need just three more wins to make it official. 

Much of their upturn in form has stemmed from James' locked in attitude and, without Kyrie Irving against the Charlotte Hornets, he was at his best again as he finished with 31 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds while shooting 14-22 from the field in the 112-103 win.

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Following the victory, Lue was full of praise for his main man, saying, as per ESPN: "I think he's been leading by example knowing the playoffs are coming up and we have to get ready for this stretch. I think he's done a great job of setting the tone for us."

It has been an up and down season for the Cavaliers that saw former head coach David Blatt given his marching orders in January. However, their chances of bringing a first title to the franchise have improved significantly in recent weeks. 

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

The 2015 playoffs showcased LeBron's incredible ability to lead a team, as he took the Cavs all the way to game six in the Finals with the Golden State Warriors without the help of Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. 

With home advantage looking likely in the postseason, it will take a monstrous effort from any of the Eastern Conference franchises to stop James appearing in his sixth consecutive Finals. 

However, to overcome the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, who are in the midst of franchise-best seasons - given they make it to the Finals - would take a superhuman effort from the Cavaliers.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

Following the uncertainty surrounding the franchise around the time of their blowout loss to the Heat, there has definitely been cause for optimism in the past couple of weeks. 

With a player like James, there is always a chance of achieving something special, and the four-time MVP insists he and his teammates are ready for what is ahead of them.

"I'm ready. I feel great. This is the best I've felt in the last couple of years. … If the playoffs started tomorrow, we'd be ready to go."

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James

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