Tyronn Lue Won't Coach vs. Bulls Due to Illness

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue gives instructions during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. The Pacers won 106-102. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will have to play without their head coach Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls as Tyronn Lue will be out with an illness, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Associate head coach Larry Drew will replace Lue for the upcoming game.

Lue was in the arena for a pregame interview with Fox Sports Ohio but apparently didn't feel well enough to continue for a full game:

The 40-year-old is in his third year with the Cavaliers and hasn't missed a game, accumulating a 101-54 regular-season record plus an NBA title in 2016.

While Cleveland has won 18 of its last 20 games to move to 23-9 on the season, Chicago comes in with a seven-game winning streak after a 3-20 start to the year.

Although being without the head coach could be a problem for the Cavs, Drew has plenty of experience running a team. He spent three years in charge of the Atlanta Hawks plus one with the Milwaukee Bucks. He has been on the Cleveland staff for the past four years.

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