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While it’s far too early to panic, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions are in a tailspin.
The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to Four-6 on the 2017-18 season Sunday with a 117-115 loss to the Atlanta Hawks (2-Eight) at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland is now a mere 1-5 in its final six video games after a Three-1 begin, and it misplaced to the likes of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Hawks through the span.
The Cavaliers had the chance to win Sunday’s recreation on the finish, however Channing Frye missed a 3 earlier than Dwyane Wade missed a possible game-tying tip-in.
Frye did not maintain again within the aftermath, saying “We suck right now,” per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Dennis Schroder spearheaded the Atlanta badault with 28 factors and 9 badists, whereas seven Hawks completed with double-figure scoring totals.
The first quarter has proved problematic for the Cavaliers, as John Schuhmann of NBA.com famous they’re Three-Zero when main or tied after the quarter and 1-6 when trailing after the quarter. Atlanta outscored Cleveland 37-28 within the first on Sunday.
James did what he might with 26 factors, 13 badists, 5 rebounds, two blocks and a steal towards the Hawks. Cleveland’s one win in its final six video games got here Friday towards the Washington Wizards when James carried his crew with 57 factors, 11 rebounds, seven badists, three steals and two blocks.
The four-time league MVP is doing his half, however he was the one Cavaliers starter to complete with greater than 10 factors Sunday. What’s extra, Cavaliers announcer Fred McLeod famous Kevin Love left the competition with an sickness.
While James might use some extra badist, the actual problem for the Cavaliers lies with their protection. They are lifeless final within the league with a defensive score of 111.7, per NBA.com, and have given up greater than 100 factors eight video games in a row.
The one silver lining for Cleveland is the very fact it’s simply Nov. 5.
This is an skilled bunch led by veterans in James, Love and even the newly acquired Wade. They perceive the necessary a part of the season continues to be months away, though they must repair the protection to a level if they need any likelihood to beat the Golden State Warriors in a possible fourth straight NBA Finals matchup.
The Cavaliers can have a chance to start out turning issues round Tuesday towards Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.