Lue: Cavaliers 'anxious to play' following extended break

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The Cleveland Cavaliers can't wait to get back to competitive basketball.

Having not played since completing the sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, the Cavaliers are eager to return to the court, with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals still days away.

"I know our team is anxious to play," Lue told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "(Kyle) Korver and LeBron (James), those guys are talking about it. So our guys are just anxious to play and ready to go out there."

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While Lue has avoided five-on-five scrimmages in order to prevent injuries, he's found alternative methods to ensure his team remains active, introducing his players to yoga and other creative workouts over the past week.

"You got to keep them engaged and you know show them new things," Lue said. "I've got to trick them at times, but they've been pretty locked in and we've just got to continue to do what we do. It is what it is, and we just got to continue to work on what we need to get better at and then whoever we play we just got to be ready."

Kyrie Irving echoed his coach's sentiment, admitting that while the time off has been relaxing, he and his teammates are ready to get back to business.

"We're itching to play, literally every time we go through somewhat of a walkthrough we're ready to compete," said Irving. "You know it's fun, at the same time but still we want to get out there and play. You just got to try some new things these next few days in order for us to stay as sharp as we can going into Game 1."

The Eastern finals will tip off Wednesday against the winner of Monday's Game 7 matchup between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards.

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