Magic makes Cavaliers lead disappear

Posted February 08, 2018

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is seen on the court during the game against the Golden State Warriors on December 25, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. That's.I just couldn't do it.

The Cavs started out strong in the first quarter, as well as throughout the second. Cleveland scored 43 points in the first, but then went 6 1/2 minutes without scoring in the fourth.

Dwyane Wade banked a 3-pointer for Cleveland's only points of the first 7:25 of the fourth quarter. He finished with 11 points and was 3-for-13 on shooting, and didn't score a single point in the second half.

While Thomas' comments certainly have merit, given how dilapidated Cleveland has looked of late, you'd imagine they're not so easy to take - for teammates or fans - coming from a player whose combination of usage rate and effective field goal percentage thus far evoke memories of post-injury Derrick Rose, post-injury Kobe Bryant, post-lockout Shawn Kemp and Wizards-era Michael Jordan. "I was just trying to play hard and trying not to have another setback".

Jonathon Simmons led the way for the Magic with 34 points, 22 of which came in the third quarter.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue left Tuesday's 116-98 loss to the?

LeBron's statement on his commitment to Cleveland applies to this season.

"[Lue] said he wasn't feeling well and was going to go back [to the locker room] for a second and he would be back", Drew said.

At this point, ugly losses have nearly become the norm for the Cavaliers who have now lost 14 of their last 21. Chris Paul forced a trade to the Houston Rockets in the summer, and the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. So, the media was more interested in talking to LeBron about the trade rumors that floated around earlier in the day. Not only would every remaining game sell out, but they'd make a goldmine on merchandise.

James also said he will not waive his no-trade clause and is committed to seeing this season through with the Cavs, despite their recent struggles. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, so he isn't going anywhere. So I just try to lead by example and do my job.

"We've got a great opportunity tomorrow against a team that beat us up pretty good before", James said. The Cavs were expected to acquire George Hill from the Sacramento Kings in a trade that never materialized.

"I owe it to my teammates to finish the season out", he said. The team will need Thomas to actually make close to 50 percent of his shots, Kevin Love to go back to a perimeter player for the most part, Zizic to get playing time as a physical presence foul machine when necessary, and hope that once IT gets his outside shot going, it will open up three point shots for Love, Smith and Korver.