After a loss to the Miami Heat on March 19, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue met with LeBron James after James was seen chatting with former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade at halftime instead of warming up with his teammates to prepare to attack a 21-point halftime deficit.
According to Cleveland.com, Lue said:
"We can't have that. ... Just me being a competitor, I didn't like it. We had a long talk about it. It was good. He understood, he apologized, and he's been great." Tyronn Lue
Since that talk, James has led the Cavaliers in scoring in six of the eight games he has played and seen a sharp uptick in production across the board.
The play of an apparently energized James has led to more ball movement for the Cavaliers during the run.
They are averaging about 10 more passes per game since the James-Lue meeting (310.2 to 299.7) and leading the NBA in percentage of made field goals coming off assists -- an improvement from their rank of 18th before the meeting.
Before the meeting, the Cavaliers ranked 15th in the NBA in assists per game. After the meeting, they are second.
The Cavaliers are on the road to play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App).
Cleveland has won all three meetings this season, but all three were decided by five points or fewer, including one game that went to overtime.
The last time the Cavaliers swept the season series against the Pacers was the in 2007-08 season.
This is a potential first-round Eastern Conference playoff matchup. The Cavaliers are the most likely top seed, and the Pacers have the same record as the Detroit Pistons in the competition for the seventh and eighth seeds.
Kevin Conlon of the Stats & Information Group contributed to this post.