"I can't truly explain how I felt because I never really felt like that".
Both technical fouls came with 8:08 to play in the second quarter after he complained to the referees. "I don't know where that lack of - I don't know if it's focus or energy". "Thats a question I can not answer", he said.
The Hawks would be outscored 21-16 during the second quarter and have their lead trimmed to nine points at halftime, 54-45, as Cavs guard Dwyane Wade (25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists) took over the quarter scoring nine points (He had eight points during the first quarter).
"Have to keep showing film and continue to keep talking about it", head coach Tyronn Lue said following practice. Cleveland has notably lost five of its last six games overall and ranks dead last in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency. "We'll keep talking about it and keep watching film, and hopefully one of these days this is going to turn around because I think we're all pretty exhausted of it". "We suck right now".
LeBron James, who scored a career-high 61 points for Miami on March 3, 2014, tied Kyrie Irving's franchise record for points in a game and set a team record for points in a regulation game with 57 in Cleveland's 130-122 win at Washington on Friday.
Thomas has "increased his range of motion" in his workouts, according to a Cavs spokesman and continues to progress in his rehabilitation program. Kevin Love, who moved back to center when Thompson was injured, is also expected to play against Milwaukee after being sent to the hospital with an illness November 5.
Thomas, who's been sidelined with a hip injury, sent a message to the world via Twitter late Sunday night, making it clear he's itching to return to the hardwood. Now, the Lakers aren't exactly the 1993 Knicks when it comes to D either, but they are marginally better than the Cavs - allowing 107.9 points per game. The 3-point shooting has decreased drastically.
"We have guys that can shoot the ball", Love said.
"I don't know if I could put my hand or foot on it right now or we'd be much better". Yet the in the game against the Boston Celtics, the Cavs were trailing 12-9 before Gordon Hayward got injured. Cleveland has given up 13.4 threes per game this season, the most in the league, on 31.9 attempts per game, the sixth-most attempts per contest.
Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier scored just six points on two of 14 shooting.
Lue said the changing assignments Love has dealt with - going from center to forward and back to center - has not been easy. "Until we get that, it could be more nights like this". Just take your shots.
"We got to play harder", Frye said when asked about the slow starts.
But as Lue admitted Monday, the Cavs can't cling to their previous conference standing and assume they can flip the switch whenever they feel like it. "Teams are playing with a faster pace than us to start the game and we have to figure that out for sure".
"Our bench gave us a great lift", Lue said.
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