CLEVELAND — LeBron James is within the midst of probably the most lopsided shedding streak of his profession. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 124-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday marked the Cavs’ fourth straight loss by a mixed 63 factors.
Cleveland’s present stretch of futility edges out the four-game shedding streak James endured in March 2004 when he misplaced 4 video games by a mixed 61 factors as a rookie.
While James put the third lack of the streak — a 114-95 rout by the hands of the New York Knicks — in perspective by saying he was “not about to go crazy over it” as a result of it was solely October, his nonchalance was gone when he addressed the fourth loss in a row, to Indiana.
“It’s a new month,” James mentioned, explaining his dour temper. “It’s a new month. It’s a new month.”
The Cavs (Three-5) closed out October with a Halloween get together hosted by James on Monday adopted by an air-it-out workforce badembly Tuesday, after which went out and have been outscored by the Pacers by 16 within the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
“We have an opportunity to be very good and then you see some of the lulls that we have and it’s just very difficult on our team right now,” James mentioned. “We’re just trying to figure it out on the fly. … So, our team is kind of depleted as well, both on and off the floor.”
The Cavs have been additionally bit by the harm bug once more. Tristan Thompson left the sport within the second quarter due to a left calf pressure and didn’t return. Thompson, who exited the world on crutches along with his left leg in a brace, will endure an MRI on Thursday, a number of sources informed ESPN. He is predicted to overlook at the very least the subsequent two video games and the Cavs will return to Jae Crowder within the beginning lineup in his place.
James additionally had purpose to be testy after his previous irritant, Lance Stephenson, struck him within the groin within the first half, incomes a flagrant 4 1 after an officers overview.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue took an reverse strategy in his evaluation in comparison with James, selecting to give attention to indicators of enchancment he noticed in opposition to Indiana.
“The other games we just got our butts kicked,” Lue mentioned. “Tonight I thought we did some good things. We just couldn’t sustain it. But the other games we just flat out got our butts kicked, so, seeing improvement. Just have to keep plugging, keep working. Coaches, players, everybody just continue to try to keep getting better.”
That contains James. While he scored a game-high 33 factors in opposition to the Pacers, changing into the sixth participant in NBA historical past with 400-plus 30-point video games, becoming a member of elite firm in Michael Jordan (562), Wilt Chamberlain (515), Karl Malone (435), Kobe Bryant (431) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (429), he additionally coughed up eight turnovers, tying a season excessive.
“Eight for myself, that’s way too many,” James mentioned. “You know, [you accept] the three or four range, but you double that, it’s not good ingredients for your team to be successful. So, I’ll take [responsibility for] that for sure. I have the ball in my hands a lot, so I have to be very careful with my decision-making. So, I take full responsibility for all our turnovers tonight because it starts with me.”
The Cavs had 16 turnovers Wednesday leading to 22 factors for the Pacers. Cleveland additionally struggled in a few areas which were plaguing all of it season: guarding the Three-pointer (Indiana shot 16-for-26 from deep) and capturing the three (Cleveland went simply 7-for-31 from the past the arc).
“For the most part we was in the right place,” James mentioned. “Coaching staff gave us a scheme and we tried to, for the most part we executed. They still hit some bombs right in our face, and rotations we had and things of that nature. Sometimes the ball just didn’t bounce our way. I mean, I remember one of our rotations Cory Joseph hit a 3 that went around the rim three or four times and went in, and [Victor] Oladipo hit a bomb behind a pick-and-roll on me. They hit one on JR [Smith] as well. Those are well-guarded. And a lot of our possessions were well-guarded, they just made them.”
Cleveland got here into the night time as a 10.5-point favourite and misplaced. It was the third time this season the Cavs have been a double-digit favourite and misplaced. Never earlier than in James’ profession has one among his workforce’s misplaced that many video games as a double-digit residence favourite in a single season, in response to ESPN Stats & Information. In reality, coming into this season, James’ groups have been 174-13 (.930) as double-digit residence favorites. This season they’re 1-Three (.250).
“We have to go through something to get to where we want to be,” Cavs ahead Jeff Green mentioned. “For us, we’re lucky that this is happening now and not in April, not out there the last game of 82. We’ll fix it. It’s going to take some time, but we’ll fix it. I know that for a fact.”
Several different Cavs gamers took to Twitter to echo Green’s confidence.
Better days forward!!!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) November 2, 2017
When it go down, I am wit the sh*ts. We will get via this. We been via the trenches #theytriiidit https://t.co/usSPsv1Kwd
— Iman. (@imanshumpert) November 2, 2017