The calls between Cleveland Coach Tyronn Lue and Clippers Coach Doc Rivers have become more common now, the two exchanging ideas, encouraging the other and just simply checking on the other's well-being.
When Lue became the head coach of the Cavaliers on Jan. 22 for the fired David Blatt, he called Rivers for advice.
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...