We tried to show, they did a good job of slipping out of the pick and rolls and throwing it to Melo.
“We all have to be better”, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said.
There was nothing redeeming about the first quarter for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. James will have first choice from a pool of selected players, which will include former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving and players from Western Conference teams.
James finished 7 points shy of the mark and will get another chance to surpass Kobe Bryant as the youngest in history to do it when the Cavs travel to San Antonio on Tuesday.
“It’s the same group we won 18 out of 19 with also”, he said, referring to Cleveland’s stretch from November 11 to December 19. Each of them taking at least 17 shots while being responsible for 55 of their team’s 100 shots taken in the game. While replacing him could do wonders for the Cavs, it could also be another challenge for the players as they need to adjust to a new system and be forced to learn it quickly now that the season is more than halfway through.
Thunder: G Andre Roberson played his second game after missing eight with left patellar tendinitis. Rather, the blowout defeat marked just the latest occurrence in what’s beginning to look like more than just the team’s typical mid-winter slump.
“I’ve never in my basketball life gave up 148 points, not even probably playing video games”, James said (ESPN). “Again, it’s always going to be about how he’s feeling but he’s cleared to go and to play”. “He has to understand that his health is most important and without that we can’t go very far”, Lue said.
It was a strong showing for OKC’s key players. Their offense continued to play well.
While the Cavs can still right the ship, Lue’s lineup decisions might just sink it anyways.
“You’ve just got to look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘What can I do better?'” Korver said. It’s why there’s a belief within the team that wherever they happen to settle in the West when 82 are up, they’re going to be something to reckon with in the postseason. LeBron James wasn’t even asking that question after the Saturday loss, he wants his team to get to the conference finals first. Isaiah Thomas is a defensive downgrade from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love has been an issue on that end his entire career and Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose are hardly answers off the bench.