Ex-Cavs GM David Griffin: LeBron James Told Raptors How to Run Plays in 2017

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after hitting his hand against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Phoenix. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 129-107. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said Cavs superstar LeBron James was telling Toronto Raptors players how to run their own plays during the team's second-round sweep in the 2017 NBA playoffs.

On Thursday, William Lou of The Score passed along comments Griffin made about the situation during an appearance on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

"I was in the gym when I watched him on the floor against Toronto tell Patrick Patterson where he was supposed to go on the play they had called out of a timeout late in the fourth quarter," Griffin said. "He was like 'no Pat, you're supposed to stand over there and set a pin down for DeMar (DeRozan) over here.'"

Cleveland won those four games over the Raptors by an average of 15.25 points.

The Cavaliers' dominance over Toronto continued in this year's playoffs with their second straight sweep of DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Co. The easy second-round triumph came after the Cavs barely escaped Round 1, edging the Indiana Pacers in a tight Game 7.

James' squad has knocked the Raptors out of the postseason each of the last three years.


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