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LeBron Puts His Cavaliers Teammates on Notice Following Loss

13 Enero 2018, 04:13 | Gerardo Tarin

LeBron Puts His Cavaliers Teammates on Notice Following Loss

LeBron James With Kids Championship

The loss to the Raptors was the Cavaliers' third straight game in which they gave up more than 127 points to their opponent.

Toronto's 12-game home winning streak was snapped in Wednesday's loss to Miami, but the Raptors bounced back in their first meeting with Cleveland since the Cavaliers swept the Raptors out of the second round of the playoffs last May.

Following the Cavaliers' 34-point defeat against the Raptors on Thursday, their second consecutive blowout loss and sixth failure in their last eight outings, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported Cleveland would be willing to move Thompson if the right deal presents itself.

Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Center on November 11, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Kevin Love and James questioned the statement. With J.R. Smith in possession of the basketball, James had plenty of time to sprint down the court and receive the pass before throwing down a one-handed dunk.

The Cavaliers entered Friday's contest seemingly in disarray. There are real reasons to be concerned.

Nobody doubts the Cavs are good enough offensively to win their second title in three years. The Raptors had more offensive rebounds (18 vs. nine), defensive rebounds (45 vs. 26) and total rebounds (63 vs. 35).

But Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made some tweaks to his roster in the off-season, making the team younger and faster, with head coach Dwane Casey implementing an uptempo style much like the Warriors. The optics were not great.

On January 22, 2016, the Cavs fired Blatt.

More importantly than their ability to shoulder the load though is that DeRozan last night demonstrated the trust in his teammates to do so, and he ran that perfectly last night, passing out of double teams and trusting his teammates to get it done. The Cavs have dropped seven of their last 10 games and have fallen 6.5 games back of the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics. They had 31 assists against the Cavs, compared to the 15 they had versus the Heat. If you don't live up to James' expectations, he's not going to have an issue putting you on blast in front of the entire world. Then-GM David Griffin even responded, disagreeing with James' assessment.

As back-to-back-to-back conference champions, the Cavaliers were fully expected to continue their dominance in the East this season, especially since veterans Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose joined the team.

What's highly possible each year is that James, the team's leader, a superstar who hasn't missed the Finals since 2010, grows somewhat disinterested by mid-season and it spreads through the locker room.

Recent results have been especially concerning. Cavaliers games have a slight tendency to finish over the total (52.5 percent).

James, now 33, competes in April, May, and June.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half for the Spurs, who committed 21 turnovers while playing without injured starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green.



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