In the aftermath of Sundays dramatic win , Cleveland Cavalier coach David Blatt had to clear up a few controversies that have the rumor mills a buzz. After LeBron James put the team on his back and won the game in the final minutes, Blatt was under fire. They say Blatt avoided disaster when he almost called a timeout, with nine seconds left to play. A timeout that the Cavaliers didn’t have. Officials who knew the Cavs didn’t have a timeout did not look to the bench a missed the call. Assistant coach Tyronne Lue came off the bench to stop Blatt from signaling further.
LeBron James revealed that he requested the coach to change the play for the final shot. Blatt initially drew up a play that had James inbounding the ball. The relationship between LeBron and coach Blatt has been a season long topic as James’s power and control within is closely watched.
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On the missed timeout call, Blatt reiterated that he had made a mistake.
“Usually don’t lose track of them, that’s usually what happens,” Blatt said. “Matter of fact, that’s never happened before in my time as a coach. Good thing I had great guys behind me to bail me out and then a great player to bail us all out with a terrific shot. … A near-mistake was made and I owned up to it and I own it. A basketball coach makes 150 to 200 critical decisions during the course of a game; something that I think is paralleled only by a fighter pilot. If you do it for 27 years, you’re going to blow one or two. And I blew one. Fortunately it didn’t cost us.”
Blatt defended his strategy and the practice yielding to James on how the final design was going to go “A basketball coach makes 150 to 200 critical decisions during the course of a game, something that I think is paralleled only by a fighter pilot. If you do it for 27 years, you’re going to blow one or two. And I blew one. Fortunately it didn’t cost us.”
Coach would look to have a better coaching day next time on the court. Hopefully next time those decisions won’t be needed to close out a game.