Cavs may look bad, but LeBron James' sneakers look oh so good

Cavs may look bad, but LeBron James' sneakers look oh so good

Cavs may look bad, but LeBron James' sneakers look oh so good

Frustration seemed to boil over for the Cavs in the first quarter Thursday, when TNT cameras captured James in a heated discussion with Cleveland player development coach Phil Handy during a timeout.

The slumping Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a crushing 133-99 defeat to the Toronto Raptors as LeBron James was left less than impressed. Trailing 30-24 at the start of that period, the Cavaliers were outscored 35-16, which included a 19-4 run by the Raptors that effectively put the game away and allowed them to take a 65-40 lead into halftime.

"We all got to be accountable for our actions, accountable for how well we play, how we play, how hard we play, and what we do for one another", he told ESPN.

The Raptors also connected seven times on 3-pointers, while the Cavs missed all seven of their long-range attempts in the first quarter. Times where we are playing well. "Once again we're back to the beginning of the season".

At the half, they'd each already had a half-dozen highlight reel plays and combined for 15 points and 10 rebounds. It's going to start with us and everybody just getting back to what we were doing when we were playing good ball.

After the team's shootaround earlier in the day, James had spoken about the inconsistency the team has shown during the course of the regular season. The three losses came by an average of 13.7 points, and when the Thunder are on, they can compete with anyone in the league.

DeRozan said the team was shell-shocked without Lowry against Miami, but figured things out from that debacle and used it against Cleveland. "We've got to be professional".

"I'm sure the next time we play them they are going to remember this game", said DeRozan.

Cavs coach Ty Lue said he wasn't concerned but made a reference to players dropping agendas. "We're not normally a team that gets beat like that". Prior to the game, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue spoke about how risky the Raptors were despite those absences, a message that went unheard. Until we play better defensively and offensively, until we share the basketball.

"We're a veteran team and we know what we're capable of, and it can't be so easy for us to get in those lulls and not try to dig ourselves out of them", Love said. For Toronto, that means Ibaka will not be in uniform for their game against Cleveland, one in which they are already expected to be without Lowry.

The plan worked - DeRozan was just 1-for-6 from the field in the first half for two points. It makes them more risky. They won't need reminding, though, that Cleveland has dumped them from the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

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