J.R. Smith was on the floor for 19 minutes of Monday’s Game 2 win over the Pacers, but scored just three points in the 117-111 victory.
Smith was dealing with a tender left hamstring and was kept Cheap Fan Jerseys out of the lineup in the second half.
Lue did talk to both players, he said, to keep them ready in case they had to go back in. But he opted to keep Deron Williams and Channing Frye on the court, because they were part of the unit that put up a big run against the Pacers to key the historic comeback.
He called media speculation that he asked Irving and Love permission to keep them on the bench, crazy.
That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen, Lue said, via ESPN. A grown man asks somebody permission to do something, I never understood that. They always make a story out of something when it comes to us.
Lue relayed a conversation he had with Love that summed up how he thought the situation was much ado about nothing.
When I say, ‘Kevin, I had to ask you, could I bench you?’ They Cheap Football Jerseys were saying, ‘S—, get out of here, man. You know you didn’t do that. You didn’t want to put us back in in the first place.’ But I mean, to ask for permission? That’s crazy, Lue said.