With the trade deadline looming February 8, the Cavaliers do have some options, including trading their 2018 first-round pick, which could fetch interest on the market.
The Cavs reportedly are reluctant to deal the unprotected first-round pick they received from the Brooklyn Nets in the Irving trade, and with James' status beyond this season still in question, we can't blame them.
The win gave the Warriors the season sweep of the Cavaliers.
Furthermore, numerous wins were racked up against inferior opponents.
The Cavaliers are looking more like a "mistake by the lake" rather than "all together" at this point in the season.
Indeed it is, and that is exactly what the Cavs need to become again if they are to make a fourth consecutive trip to the finals.
Cleveland ranks 29th in defensive rating and doesn't appear to have the players on the roster to improve defensively enough to cruise through the East like in seasons past.
Specifically with the Warriors, they have won only one of their last eight meetings and have lost to them in the NBA Finals twice in the past three seasons. Extend it further and the situation looks even worse than before.
Naturally, the disappointment of the Warriors loss was fresh on the players' minds when they spoke Monday.
Over the past three seasons, the National Basketball Association title has been all about the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, but this year, the Houston Rockets are attempting to move themselves into the mix. And, you know, with the point guard, the head of the snake, I.T., right now just trying to find his rhythm, get his legs, and we're going to be fine. "Like our effort tonight". It may not be the Cavs, but one of their chief rivals that makes a significant addition at the deadline. Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the second night of a back-to-back to protect his hip, has struggled in four games with 12.3 points per game and a 35.3 field-goal percentage. In comparison, the player who comes closest to that games-with-40 mark is Kevin Durant, who has scored 40 or more in 19 games.
Kemba Walker scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Hornets turn a 56-50 halftime deficit into a 118-107 victory at Detroit.
Also not great: Cleveland's point differential of +0.8 per contest is worse than Indiana's.
For the first time since returning to Northeast Ohio, James is going to have a fight on his hands for that to play out.
Having often used 11 players in the first half of the season, Lue stuck to a nine-man rotation against the Warriors, with Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green, Tristan Thompson and Kyle Korver seeing action off the bench while Cedi Osman, Jose Calderon and Channing Frye watched until garbage time.
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