Kyrie Irving said he has spoken to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski three times since the season began.
"He didn't like the pace I was playing at in the first game," Irving said in reference to his NBA opener on Monday, a night he shot 2-of-12 from the field in a loss to Toronto.
"He said I needed to play a little bit quicker, which I agree with. He offered as much advice as he could."
Irving certainly played a quicker game Wednesday in Detroit, where he scored 14 points and added seven assists.
"We both know he needs to play faster," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "[Irving] knows it. We want to be that type of team. Hearing it from me and also hearing it from a great coach like Mike, who coached him for the last year and knows him pretty well, I think kind of reinforces the way we want him to play. I don't have a problem with that."