Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue used Doc Rivers' $100 tactic to motivate his team

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Tyronn Lue took a play right out of Doc Rivers' book during the NBA Finals as he motivated his team to prolong the Finals series with the Golden State Warriors when they were 3-2 down. 

Following their game five road victory at the Oracle Arena, Lue copied a move Rivers deployed with the Boston Celtics in 2010 by taking $100 from every player, member of staff and owner in the Cavaliers' dressing room. 

He told reporters at media day that he hid the wad of cash in the ceiling of the coaches office and said he would return the notes to each individual following the conclusion of game seven. 

It was a brave strategy by Lue, but it worked as the Cavs became the first franchise in history to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. 

Following the win, the former Celtics assistant retrieved the money - something team owner Dan Gilbert has video evidence of - and returned $100 to each person. 

Lue said the point of the exercise was to prove how confident he was that his team could win the series despite being in a perilous position. 

Former Boston boss Rivers did it with the Celtics on the final day of the regular season at the Staples Center, the arena they returned to in the Finals as they lost to the L.A. Lakers.

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