Cleveland Cavaliers' benefit of the doubt disappearing after new lows

Isaiah Thomas

NBA Wrap: Kyrie Irving twists knife as LeBron, Cleveland beaten in another worrying blowout

He missed a 3-point attempt for the win at the buzzer.

It would be easy-too easy, maybe-to view the Cleveland Cavaliers' blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night as a change in ruling dynasties in the Eastern Conference.

"I was surprised", Stephenson said about LeBron getting a tech.

Don't criticize LeBron James for caring. "Whatever the team wants to do - play me, just be in the rotation or just be a bench player - I would definitely be there for the team". "He a little dirty. I can find just as much enjoyment in passing the ball as well". "One player they've discussed, DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers center, he does not rise to the level in Cleveland, I'm told, of putting that Brooklyn pick in". They're a big, physical team.

Asked about the team's defense by a reporter, LeBron James snapped saying the reporter didn't look like he could play defense, either.

Warriors 108, Bucks 94: Kevin Durant scored 26 points, and Draymond Green contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead visiting Golden State over Milwaukee.

But Cleveland unraveled. And as they did, their leader got more and more visibly flustered.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has already reported that Cleveland is looking to be active before next month's trade deadline and are looking at potential targets.

The Cavs, to borrow the phrasing James used this week, are in a "funk".

Charlotte (16-24) bounced back with a 99-88 home win over Utah on Friday, but the game result took a back seat to better news the team received earlier in the day.

Darren Collison scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo added 19 as the Indiana Pacers held off the Cavaliers 97-95 here Friday, Cleveland's third consecutive loss.

In addition to Thompson, Cleveland holds two first-round picks that could be used in a big deal before the February 8 trade deadline - their own choice and the coveted Brooklyn pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade - and would be interested in landing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to Charania.

They started out in a huge funk, losing to teams that they shouldn't have lost to.

IN outscored Cleveland 32-16 in the third quarter to erase a 14-point halftime deficit and take a 76-74 lead after three quarters. And mostly, they competed the so-called right way.

"I'm going to say this and we're going to move forward because it's over", Lue said before the IN game as an explainer. "(But) I think, big picture, we're headed in the right direction". So, 'Oh my man didn't score, but he scores.' No, that's not team basketball. "But we didn't exert enough in the third quarter and they got back in the game". A guy goes to help and then you help him. 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.

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