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Tyronn Lue wants LeBron James to 'set the tone early' with more aggression

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The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a surprising loss on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, and the team's head coach, Tyronn Lue, believes there's an easy way which the Cavs can avoid making this happen again.

The Cavaliers lost 98-80 against the Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, as they were unable to contain Victor Oladipo, who finished the game with 32 points, six rebounds, and four assists, while also being 11-of-19 in shooting from the field.

One of the other reasons why Cleveland lost Game 1 of this series was because they allowed Indiana to get off to a really fast start with no real reply. With 1:52 remaining in the first quarter, they were already up in the game 25-8.

It was also at this time that LeBron James took his first shot of the game, which Lue believes should have come a lot sooner. For Game 2 this coming Wednesday, the Cavs head coach wants the four-time MVP winner to start more aggressive and set the tone for the game. 

Lue said to Dave McMenamin of ESPN: "He has to be aggressive and set the tone early. We talked about that today ... being aggressive early, setting the tone, especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along. He understood that, but once again, he's always a guy trying to get his teammates off early, get them guys going, then try to feel the game out. But be ready to set a tone."

As to why it took so much time for arguably one of the best players the NBA has ever seen to get going, James said he was simply trying to read the game and keep his teammates involved in the action.

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The Cavaliers star said: "That's just how the game was being played. Guys had great looks and they just didn't go down. ... There was two on the ball at times. I was assisting and guys just couldn't make shots to start the game, so it was just how the game was going on."

LeBron did end up having a strong game on Sunday once he took his first shot of the game, as he finished with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.

While it's great that he wants to get his teammates inflow, he's the best player on the team, and the Cavs have their best chance of winning when he's on the top of his game. Therefore, Lue is right. James needs to be more aggressive at the start of Game 2 in order to give Cleveland their best chance of succeed in this year's playoffs.

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