Tyronn Lue
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are ranked third in the Eastern Conference this season, though they haven’t been without their problems.

The latest in the defending champs’ saga is coach Tyronn Lue, who announced this week that he’s stepping away from coaching to focus on his health.

The news follows an early departure from the team’s Saturday night (March 17) game against the Chicago Bulls, due to an illness — the third time this season.

“After many conversations with our doctors and [general manager] Koby [Altman] and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season,” Lue said in a statement.

“I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.”

Sources tell ESPN that Lue has been coughing up blood.

In Lue’s absense, associate head coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.