When you're the coach of the team that has LeBron James on it and you blow a double-digit lead to fall two games behind in the Eastern Conference Finals, the recriminations are sure to be stinky. The questions from the sneering media are sure to be probing. But in the wake of Cleveland's deflating Game 2 loss to the Celtics Tuesday night, Tyronn Lue lost control of the narrative and made himself look like a total chump.
The physical, ruthless Celtics were "gooning the game up," he insisted.
Well, let's go to the videotape:
Lue accused the Celtics of “Gooning the game up” pic.twitter.com/JI5f0tEg9O— Bostons Diehards (@WTP_BDiehards) May 16, 2018
Yes, that's Earl Joseph Smith Jr., known in some circles as J.R., shamelessly hacking Al Horford down the back stretch of the game as Boston pulled away. The play was whistled as a flagrant foul.
Looks like some pure gooning, right? Like, the uncut raw stuff?
Marcus Morris on Ty Lue saying the Celtics were gooning it up: “Gooning? That’s a good word. Shit, we’re doing what it takes."— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) May 16, 2018
The odds of Lue's comments doing anything but motivating the rough-and-tumble Celtics to double down are even slimmer than Cleveland's current odds in this series.
At this rate, we should expect even more irresponsible analysis from the embattled coach after his team inevitably goes down 3-0.