How a profanity-laced rant fueled the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 3 win

BY Aaron Torres • June 9, 2016

You don't need to be a direct descendent of John Wooden to know that the Cavaliers were a completely different team Wednesday night than they were in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals. But while everyone wants to credit Kryie Irving, J.R. Smith and a complete lack of Kevin Love for the Cavs' success, there was someone else who deserves equal credit for Cleveland's Game 3 turnaround: Phil Handy.

Phil Who?

Well if you've never heard of Phil Handy you're not alone, but here's what you need to know: He's a normally mild-mannered assistant coach, who went all Incredible Hulk on the players Sunday night.

Following Cleveland's Game 2 loss, head coach Ty Lue addressed the team and was ready to let them go ... until Handy jumped in. Here are the fantastic details from Cleveland.com:

The scene sounds like something straight out of a bad sports movie, but it did in fact leave a mark. Yes it was obvious on the court, but even still, several Cavaliers players told Cleveland.com that it definitely fueled them heading into that Game 3 blowout we saw Wednesday night.

Richard Jefferson took things one step further.

Clearly the message worked for at least one game.

Let's see if can carry over into Game 4 Friday night.



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