OAKLAND –- When it was pointed out that LeBron James is shooting 37 percent when Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is his primary defender, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue basically stifled a yawn.
“It’s random,” he said Sunday afternoon, prior to Game 2 of the NBA Finals, “because they switch a lot of things and they switch it one through five. So a lot of guys end up on him. And Iguodala only played 35 minutes (in Game 1), so of course he’s going to be on the floor.
“But as far as the one-on-one, I don’t see (James) having a problem with Iguodala.”
Lue is correct in saying the Warriors do a lot of switching. It’s also true that while Iguodala is the lead defender, he is not the only defender on James.
However, Iguodala is the reigning NBA Finals MVP because his insertion into the starting lineup for Game 4 – primarily to defend James – precipitated a three-game win streak that gave the Warriors the championship.