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.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost two consecutive games by 25 points or more, and now it appears that the finger-pointing is going both ways.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers got blown out again on Thursday night.
Jonas Valanciunas has been a beast when he's being fed and not subbed in when teams go small.
It will not get any easier for Cleveland. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.7 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. His severe shooting issues to start the season are now a memory.
Davis poured in 36 points to go with nine rebounds, and Cousins collected 24 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists.
There have been flashes from Serge Ibaka, who returns from his one-game suspension Saturday, especially as a shot blocker.
Twitter greatly enjoyed my tweet: "America, meet the Raptors bench". That they struggle and their stars fall apart under the pressure in the postseason, and the rest of the team can't pick it up when DeRozan and Lowry don't have it, while the stars will force their game and try to simply play through the defenses created to stop them. When that ball's moving and they don't know where it's coming from, it's more hard to guard. Most interesting was his thoughts on his future.
Like they have done all season, the youth of the Raptors came ready to play and it was a collective dominance.
"Lance is just a little dirty", LeBron said after Cleveland's 3rd straight loss.
"The daddy side kicks in sometimes".
Then there was a curious comment after the game by Lue, who said, "If guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way". "I figured (Koufos) was going to look to pass it". Who knew that day would be one to send the three-time Eastern Conference champions spiraling into disarray? I've got confidence in myself in any situation. "Just playing against the best player in the league, trying to win against them". And he lived up to all of the inflated expectations. It's a team thing.
"He's continued to add things to his game". It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now. "He's continuing to just excel", Miles said. To look a little bit deeper at a different Toronto team that's seeking the answers to the questions posed by those postseason struggles. Still, given J.R. Smith's woeful play and the fact Professor Noland is not eager to watch Iman Shumpert or Derrick Rose play when healthy, a decent argument can be made that it's time for the Cavs to do something completely radical and start the rookie.
There's a better chance Dwane Casey and his staff coach the East all-stars in Los Angeles with this Raptors win.
It was just another act in their twos "chippy" history.