Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has missed the last nine games for the franchise due to chest pains, lack of sleep and other health complications, but Cavs fans will be glad to hear that he could be making a return to the bench soon.
Acting head coach Larry Drew has said that Lue has been around the team for the past couple of days in preparation towards taking over full head coaching duties once more. Since he's been out, Cleveland has gone 8-1, but they would still love to have him back on the sidelines.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com and Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Lue could be back on the bench for the Cavaliers as early as the team's game tonight against the Washington Wizards at the Quicken Loans Arena.
This is great news for the Cavaliers, as they look to continue their fine form heading into the postseason, especially after a good win against the Eastern Conference leaders in the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night that extended their current winning streak to four games.
The Cavaliers are 48-30 on the season and currently reside in third place in the Eastern Conference with four games to go until the end of the regular season. They have the same record as the Philadelphia 76ers in fourth, but they're ahead in the standings due to having a better conference record.
When speaking about Lue's return to the sidelines, Drew doesn't believe there will be any "feeling out" period when he makes his return.
Drew said to Vardon: ''I can see that the guys have already embraced him. So it's just a matter of him being more hands on now once he does get back. From what I've seen, it looks like everybody has rolled their sleeves up and just waiting for the day he comes back so they can get to work.''
Lue hasn't coached for the Cavaliers since March 17, so everyone involved with the franchise will be happy to have him back on the bench if he does return for the team's game against the Wizards this evening.
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