The Cleveland Cavaliers lost for the seventh time in 10 games on Thursday, suffering a humiliating 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors. That's six of the last nine games, a stretch that started against the suffocating Golden State defense at the beginning of this grueling portion of the schedule.
"I don't know where it kind of went wrong or what happened", James said.
The other narrative you'll hear a lot of coming out of this game is that the Raptors are a good regular season team, but not one that gets it done come the playoffs. The 34-point loss to the Raptors follows a 127-99 defeat at Minnesota on Monday.
"My job is down low, grab those rebounds, I always say that".
However, the fact is that the Cleveland Cavaliers started losing as soon as Tristan Thompson returned from injury and the more they struggle with him in the lineup, the worse his trade value becomes.More news: Tonya Harding's Longtime Rep Reportedly Quits Over Ridiculous Demands!
Asked what he meant by "agendas", Lue declined to elaborate, saying he meant "just what I said". "It's just been a process of us learning a right rhythm, finding a comfort within it. We've got to be locked in to what we're doing and be professional". Last season he made the All-NBA Third Team after averaging a career-high 27.3 points.
IN scored a season-low 12 points in the first.
It certainly doesn't help that the Pacers were 1-of-18 from 3-point range in the Miami loss. That's what was going on last January, and people want me to be concerned this January.
Thomas connecting on a short jumper at 7:22 of the third quarter for his first basket. Cleveland remained in front for the next several minutes until Oladipo's 3-pointer with 2:10 to play gave the Pacers a 96-95 lead.
And it's not surprising this recent downturn has coincided with the return of Isaiah Thomas, who is trying to get up to speed after spending the past several months rehabbing his injured right hip. "He's going to have to work out some kinks, but he'll be fine". Lowry participated in shootaround Thursday morning but is still too sore to play.More news: Kerber wins Sydney title in ideal start to 2018
Leading 30-24 after one quarter, the Raptors extended their lead in the second thanks to their bench. Oladipo added 19 points, Thaddeus Young had 12 points and seven rebounds, while both Stephenson (16 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists) and Domantas Sabonis (12 points and 15 boards) recorded double-doubles. G Iman Shumpert, out since November 20 with a knee injury, is also expected to miss Friday's game. The Raptors were missing two of their big three in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, and rather than that result in an easy night for Cleveland, all it did was set the stage for guys such as Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam to make an impact.
Toronto's 29 wins through 40 games are the most in franchise history. David Blatt was sacked 41 games into the 2015-2016 season after getting off to a 30-11 start.
He is one of the highest leapers and most explosive dunkers in the league, a reputation that preceded him before he'd played his first pro game. Thompson's streak is No. 3 in National Basketball Association history behind Curry (157 games) and Kyle Korver (127).
Cavaliers: Thomas is expected to rest when Cleveland concludes a back-to-back by visiting IN on Friday.
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