The win put an end to the Cavaliers' two-game losing streak.
LeBron took to social media the next day, telling Ingraham that he's "more than an athlete". James used this opportunity against the Suns to maybe get out some frustrations. Phoenix has one win since February 1 and the Cavs came to Talking Stick Resort Arena and destroyed the Suns, 129-107.LeBron James cruised to his career-high 14th triple double this season with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
"If he's on the floor, we have to find him", James said. They have said they are not trying to lose to enhance their draft position.
"The biggest thing for him is just defensively staying locked in and knowing the coverage and what we're doing", Lue said.
James, 33, was positive in his short assessment of Lakers coach Luke Walton, which could be read as a neutral observation or a sign of interest. "He works well without the ball, with his body movement".
Cleveland is in fourth place in the tightly contested middle of the Eastern Conference playoff pack as the teams scramble for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
And Los Angeles didn't even show off the full scope of its young talent: Ball struggled with his shot on the way to seven assists and five points, while top scorer Ingram missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain and rookie Josh Hart remained out with a broken hand.
The Cavaliers are one-half game behind third-place IN, one-half game ahead of fifth-place Washington and another game head of sixth-place Philadelphia. They had been shooting 41 percent on threes for the month.
The five-time All-Star was initially ruled out for six-to-eight weeks but a return against Phoenix would beat that by a few days meaning he'll be slightly ahead of schedule. He had 14 points and four assists in 21 minutes at Charlotte.
"I think that's the skill that is probably most elite of the National Basketball Association players that he has". They had an 8-0 run - Elfrid Payton 3-point play, Jared Dudley 3 and Booker dunk - plus a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of Warren baskets; the latter of which pulled the Suns to within 12, 59-47 at the 1:41 mark. I only played 15 games with them, so it's really not about showing them what I can do.