LeBron James: We're So Fragile

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

IN ranks 14th in assists per game (22.7) while Cleveland ranks last in assists allowed per game (25.8). "Luckily, he stepped out of bounds". LeBron was captured yelling at Handy and others during a timeout. "I just want to win", he said. During that span, they ranked 30th in makes per game, 29th in attempts per game, and 24th in efficiency. "Some of those threes go down and the lead gets bigger and bigger". He frustrated him enough at one point to provoke a shove from LeBron late in the game. "We need Serge", the coach said. Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

James also called the Cavaliers fragile in November of 2014 after a loss against the Raptors. This time, he even got into LeBron James' head.

"Lance is just a little dirty that's all", James said. "He's a little dirty", said James. "I don't know if it was fatigue, but we took ourselves out of it". "So they caught me on the retaliation, so - but he played well tonight". Cleveland got off to a strong start and led 34-12 after the first quarter, and LeBron James looked like he was on a mission to squash a Pacers team with less talent.

The Houston Rockets, playing without guard James Harden due to a hamstring injury, had 27 points off the bench from Gerald Green and 21 more from Clint Capela in a 116-98 romp at Orlando. Friday's funk was better than it has been lately, however.

"The report comes on the heels of Cleveland's second straight blowout loss, as the Cavaliers fell 133-99 to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday".

Ian Mahinmi finished with a season-high 17 points in the defense-optional game.

His pull-up three pointer with 2:10 remaining gave the Pacers a 96-95 lead. And they came out flat in the third quarter, getting outscored 32-16, when they could have put the Pacers away and salvaged a 2-3 trip.


Through half a season and counting, the Raptors have had a chance to win in nearly all them, and more often than not have done just that. Which is what Lue was trying to address when he made his cryptic "agenda" comment after the Toronto game. With 26 points on 9-for-20 shooting, Victor Oladipo was the top scorer from either team. So, 'Oh my man didn't score, but he scores.' No, that's not team basketball. "Once again we're back to the beginning of the season".

"You're talking about people instead of computers or statistics, you're talking about feelings, a guy maybe had a long day or whatever", said Casey.

"We're just in a funk". It was the fourth game this season where Davis scored more than 35 while also shooting better than 65 percent from the field - that's two more than the next closest guy.

Still, no proud franchise or player is going to be okay with being blown out on a nightly basis.

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). McMillan let him play the rest of the way. Talk about a welcome home gift.

Line of the night: Kevin Love is told that from the outside, things don't look good when it comes to the Cavaliers right now.

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