CLEVELAND: Sometimes the lessons from the boardroom translate to the world of sports.

Or, in the case of Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, to the basketball court.

Lue said Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, a multi­billionaire, offered him some advice regarding risk a couple of months into the season that has stuck with him throughout this playoff run. It’s why Lue said he believes the Cavs may be playing some of their best basketball of the season.

“You’ve got to try new things. Like, who cares? Like, in business you got to try new things. If it works, you’re a genius, if not, you change and do something else,” Lue said as the Cavs prepared to open the Eastern Conference finals Sunday in Boston. “I just think you got to try things and kind of see how your team reacts to it.”

He’s certainly been forced to take the advice given the number of shifting lineups the team has had throughout the year. The Cavs began the season with Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas on the roster and then dealt with disruption of their departures and the addition of Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson in trades.

That has forced Lue to reconfigure the team on the fly.

“I think having a different team and different guys and different pieces, we was trying new things defensively, offensively, just kind of seeing what works for our team,” Lue said. “When we get to the playoffs, we should have a good understanding what our team is and how it should be.”

And Lue confessed that given those changes he’s been challenged.

“It was tough. But we adjusted. I think our coaching staff has done a great job,” he said. “I think the players have done a great job of just adjusting and understanding what we want, what we want to do. So I would say more so the players have been great.”

Den of rowdiness

The Cavs have a perfect understanding of what they’re heading into with respect to the Celtics’ home court at the TD Garden.

“Boston is one of the rowdy cities — one of the rowdy environments,” guard Kyle Korver said. “There’s a lot of places that will be full, but there’s a lot of people who are — it’s full for different reasons, you know? Boston is fun. They have a great crowd. They’re ready to get behind their team.”

Korver said that manifests itself in different ways.

“There’s been moments where I’ve been on a team where there’s a decent lead and then they make one shot and the place just erupts,” he said. “You’re like, ‘Man, they’re going to come back.’ You just feel it. It’s a great place to play, especially in the playoffs.”

Forward LeBron James found another reason to appreciate the Celtics’ home city.

“Just the history — you look up in the rafters and you see all the greats that’s either played there or the previous arena they played in,” he said. “It’s a sports town. You look at the Patriots, you look at the Bruins, you look at the Red Sox. You add them, look at all that history.”

Finishing the job

Lue excused George Hill from practice Saturday so the point guard could receive his degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Along with nearly 7,000 graduates, Hill will receive the degree he began working on when he started his college career at IUPUI in 2004, according to a news release from the university. He played three seasons for the Jaguars, and is ranked in the school’s top 10 in rebounds, assists, free throws and steals.

Hill will be one of only two students honored with a speaking slot.

The NBA veteran received his degree from IUPUI’s School of Liberal Arts.

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