Sure enough, the sound bytes were available after the game.
Well, the team is on a losing streak right now, and all it takes to melt the ice, if there really is any between team members and LeBron, is a winning game.
Tyronn Lue said the Cavaliers - who've lost seven of nine - must play without personal agendas. Kevin Love and James questioned the statement. It was the fourth game this season where Davis scored more than 35 while also shooting better than 65 percent from the field - that's two more than the next closest guy. Those may not be solved by James coaching the team, though. His 3.2 long-range attempts per game this season are a career-high, but a low number compared to other star shooting guards like James Harden (10.6 threes per game), Klay Thompson (7.5) and Bradley Beal (6.5). The Cavs struggled badly without him. LeBron received a technical foul for shoving Stephenson during a dead ball. The optics were not great. Damning reports revealed that James' and his teammates' attitude toward Blatt did not help matters. Last season, the Cavs swept the Raptors in the second round. The Cavs have not beaten the Pacers in two meetings this season. That's what was going on last January, and people want me to be concerned this January. Then-GM David Griffin even responded, disagreeing with James' assessment. The team was without Thomas to start the season and he just came back last week.
That's where Thompson comes into play, with multiple National Basketball Association teams citing the seventh-year center as a player Cleveland is willing to move in the right deal - such as one for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. In recent years, it could be especially true as he's taken on more playmaking responsibilities and approached defense only half-heartedly.
Eight of the Cavaliers' 9 games the rest of January will be against teams that have an above-.500 winning percentage, and a total of 12 of 15 until the All-Star break.
James, now 33, competes in April, May, and June.
Curry injured the ankle during the shootaround Wednesday and missed the loss that night to the Los Angeles Clippers and also did not play in the 108-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
This year's roster exacerbates those problems.
"I've got a 10-year-old boy, 3-year-old girl".
Some ugly play and questionable defense are countered by a pair of treys. He tried to inject a shot of emotion and energy into the listless Cavaliers.
They started out in a huge funk, losing to teams that they shouldn't have lost to. After beginning the season 5-7, they rattled off an 18-1 stretch before falling into the current slump. The task of this team is to remain what they now are, no matter what adversity comes in the future. That's the hardest part too, to change something that works and turn it into something new, to ask players who've found accolades and success being one thing to become something else and give up part of what's made them successful for the group.