James posted 39 points in Cleveland's loss to the Bucks on December 19 and 14 assists in the Cavs' loss to the Kings on December 27.
So when the Cavaliers went down big against the Raptors, James stepped into the mix during a timeout.
"They're in a hard spot because they don't know whether LeBron James is staying".
"Lance is just a little dirty, that's all". "So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did".
"I don't have one". "They played tough. They were physical with us all night".
The Cavaliers and LeBron are next for the Warriors, who will play their third game in four days when they travel to Cleveland for Monday's Martin Luther King Day game.
Jayson Tatum and reserve Marcus Smart each scored 15 points, Jaylen Brown added 14 points and Kyrie Irving and Al Horford each contributed 11 and nine rebounds as the East-leading Celtics improved to 31-10.
But Cleveland unraveled. And as they did, their leader got more and more visibly flustered. DeAndre Jordan and Nikola Mirotic are known to be trade targets for several clubs, and New Orleans might decide to shop DeMarcus Cousins.
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The report comes just hours after the Cavs suffered a 34-point drubbing at the hands of the shorthanded Toronto Raptors, their second consecutive blowout loss, and seventh defeat in the last 10 games.
The game never was in jeopardy after that point.
But Cleveland apparently rediscovered its form overnight, as the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions dominated the first quarter on Friday.
No timetable for his return was announced, though Waiters has previously said he was told it might take eight to 10 months to recover from such a procedure.
Sitting out the fourth quarter, James led the Cavs with 26 points, going 9-of-16 from the field, with three rebounds and an assist. And mostly, they competed the so-called right way. "It's not you're guarding [Victor] Oladipo or I'm guarding Oladipo, we're all guarding Oladipo". "We still have work to do to get to where we want to go, and I know it sounds like coach speak, but it's true". But as with the Thunder, just when things seemed to be trending in a positive direction, the Hornets dropped the opener of a three-game homestand, 115-111 to Dallas on Wednesday night. We're still getting better at it. "I'm going to leave it at that".
Despite head coach Tyronn Lue holding an in-depth film session addressing defensive lapses on Wednesday after the 127-99 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavaliers still gave up 127+ points for the second straight game to a bunch of role players.
The Cavs will be best served to leave this portion of the season in the past, as well.