4 players the Cleveland Cavaliers should target

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

Call it a crisis.

In a cryptic remark after the Cavaliers were blown out 133-99 in Toronto on Thursday, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue blamed players' "agendas" for the slump in which the team is now mired.

During their last five games, the Pacers have scored an average of 106.2 points per game (1.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.0 points per game (1.8 below their season average). He's been through many of them with both the Cavs and the Heat, and he's ended up in the NBA Finals seven straight seasons and won three titles during that stretch.

With Golden State in town, one of the first half laments took place in the Bay Area when the Raptors should have beaten the Warriors had they taken care of business in crunch time.

This time, the Pacers handed Cleveland a third straight confounding loss. The Raptors wanted it more and the game just didn't matter for Cleveland.

Coming off back-to-back blowout losses, Cleveland responds by scoring 20 unanswered points in the first quarter against the Pacers. "Live and you Learn", James, who finished with 27 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, wrote on Twitter.

Davis poured in 36 points to go with nine rebounds, and Cousins collected 24 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists.

Oh, and before that, Stephenson was playing the air guitar to celebrate a three.

Whatever the reason, the Cavs were inconsistently consistent. The Raptors were missing two of their best players, and were facing a well rested Cavaliers team, who figured to be motivated, following a blow-out loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He said it was "just us trying to figure it out".

They jumped out to a quick 6-4 lead at the 9:46 mark but the Cavaliers scored 22 unanswered points from that point.

Instead of mainly ignoring an open, untrustworthy JR Smith on a few possessions late in the fourth quarter, Wade or Thomas would've been in that spot, possibly providing enough punch to prevent an early 22-point lead from vanishing.

Will Barton led the way for the Nuggets with 17 points, while Trey Lyles came off the bench to net 16.

After the game, James apparently was not interested in diagnosing the Cavs' problems.

Sure, the Raptors embarrassed the Cavaliers 133-99 without Kyle Lowry and with DeMar DeRozan held to 13 points. TIP-INS Clippers: Harrell's 16 points in the second quarter were two more than he had the entire game against Golden State.

The Pacers beat the Cavaliers for a 3rd time in 3 tries this season by erasing a 22-point deficit and finishing off a 3-1 homestead. Two straight losses by at least 25 points means history is working against them in a quest for another National Basketball Association championship.The Raptors?

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.

Told of Lue's suggestion [that some players have an agenda], LeBron James said "I would hope not".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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