The calls between Cleveland Coach
When Lue became the head coach of the
Lue had been on Rivers' staff as an assistant coach for five seasons, first in Boston and then in Los Angeles with the Clippers.
So it was natural for him to call his mentor.
"We do talk a lot," Rivers said after Friday night's game. "I'm glad he's in the East so we can talk all the time. We've texted more than anything back and forth. I'm just very proud of him."
Lue will lead his Cavaliers into Staples Center on Sunday to face Rivers' Clippers.
The two friends will embrace and then become competitors.
Rivers was quick to point out that just because he's been a head coach longer doesn't mean he is unwilling to seek knowledge from Lue.
"I pick his [brain] too," Rivers said. "It's not like it's a one-way street just because he's younger."
Lue has to coach the strong personalities of
Lue's time around Rivers in Boston when the
"Just being around him for five years and coaching with Doc for five years, what a great guy to start under," Lue said. "He taught me a lot. And just having the chance to be the bad guy in the locker room and kind of feel out different players, how to respond to different things. He just kind of bounces things off me and see how I feel about it and how I would handle it."
Cavaliers say Clippers dangerous
Though Griffin has been out since Dec. 26 because of a quad injury and broken right hand, the Clippers really haven't fallen off much without their All-Star forward.
The Cavaliers have noticed.
"Chris Paul came out and said in order for them to win a championship, they need Blake," James said. "But they've played great ball without him and they are a dangerous team. So, we're going to prepare as if he was in the lineup tomorrow."
The Clippers on Saturday recalled forward
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When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
On the air: TV: Channel 7; Radio: 980, 1330.
Records: Clippers 42-22;
Record vs. Cavaliers: 0-1.
Update: The Clippers are looking to break a three-game losing streak against the Cavaliers. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has averaged 25.8 points on 53.3% shooting in his last four games. Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who missed Friday night's game against the Lakers because of knee soreness, practiced Saturday and is expected to play.