It certainly doesn't help that the Pacers were 1-of-18 from 3-point range in the Miami loss. Victor Oladipohas been playing at an All-Star level; if the season were to end today, he'd receive MVP votes. After Sunday's game, they will play the Utah Jazz (Monday) the Portland Trailblazers (Thursday), the Los Angeles Lakers (Friday) and the San Antonio Spurs (Sunday).
Last year's Cavs squad finished the season 22nd in defensive rating and generally proved that they could flip the proverbial switch in the postseason when they all cared. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat. He finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Kevin Love had 21 points and 10 rebounds. The roster is the oldest in the National Basketball Association, they'd struggle to put a lineup on the floor that features good defenders at each position, and they lack the shooting that made previous Cavs teams so unsafe. "This is four years since I've been back and this is just us".
Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie came up one rebound short of a triple-double with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in Brooklyn's 110-105 win over the Hawks.
Over the last few weeks we've heard whispers that the Cavs were interested in DeAndre Jordan and could dangle Tristan Thompson in the right deal.
Since then, though, the Cavs haven't been almost as impressive and, currently, Cleveland is in the midst of a losing spell with six defeats in eight games. The advantage stretched to 59-36 as Siakam scored six consecutive points, four of them on dunks. Thomas went 0-for-11 with several attempts blocked before ending the drought with 7:22 left in the third quarter. He was clearly motived to show up defensively by LeBron, but his 16 points and 11 rebounds played a large part in the Pacers coming back to win.
The scene in which James had some angry words mixed with head coach Tyronn Lue and then the huddle in which he seemed like he's yelling at his teammates didn't add anything positive to the perception of him and his team. "They've still got DeRozan, who's averaging (32) points a game over his last (six)". "We took our time and made the right plays and got the W". It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now.
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