Larry Drew believes Tyronn Lue's health-related leave of absence has motivated the Cavaliers.
Drew is serving as interim head coach in the absence of Lue.
"Sometimes you have to play the hand that's dealt to you," Drew said after Cleveland's fifth win in six games. "And certainly, it was unfortunate what happened with Coach Lue. And the way our guys have responded ... You go through the course of a season, and you deal with a lot of different things. And when you do that, you don't know whether you're going to be able to overcome it.
"And I think for our team, we really rallied, No. 1, around Coach Lue, when the organization made the decision that he was going to step away for a few games. We rallied around him. We rallied around one another."
Lue had been dealing with chest pains and other serious symptoms, including coughing up blood, compounded by a loss of sleep for the majority of the season.
A source says Lue has been sleeping with more regularity since beginning his leave.