Cavaliers' slide continues in 97-95 loss to Pacers

Cavaliers' slide continues in 97-95 loss to Pacers

Cavaliers' slide continues in 97-95 loss to Pacers

For the second time this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers look like a team that doesn't belong with the league's elite, as the memes about the Toronto Raptors ripping them to shreds are pouring in, without forgetting about LeBron James looking to leave.

Last night, we saw James let his frustrations out during a timeout. LeBron James was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting.

While his usage is down by over four percent from previous year, DeMar DeRozan is having his most efficient season for the Raptors, with a true shooting percentage of 58.0% and an offensive rating of 112.8. Jakob Poeltl tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.

If the latest performance isn't stinging James enough, former teammate Kyrie Irving subtly twisting the knife on social media is likely to.

"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", Cavaliers forward Kevin Love told ESPN prior to the Toronto loss. He also clarified his lashing out on the bench as seen in the video.

"So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on". "It's not for everybody. Every single time we come in here to practise".

Coach Lue, meanwhile, had a different perspective of their 7 loss in 10 games.

"We know that. But, until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page and, if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way", he said.

"Like I said before the game and I mean it - this game doesn't make or break us", said Toronto Coach Dwane Casey. "I don't (have an agenda)".

Victor Oladipo and Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 10 points apiece in the half, while Jefferson chipped in eight in just six minutes, but also accumulated three fouls.

"I don't have one". It was actually his worst game in Toronto's current 6-1 stretch; on Monday he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after he scored a franchise-record 52 points and handed out eight assists in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, then put up 35 points, six assists and three steals in a win over the Chicago Bulls. "They good." It's true, the Raptors finally got a game on national USA television and they put on quite a performance. Among the players in the regular rotation are 36-year-old Dwyane Wade, 36-year-old Kyle Korver, 36-year-old Jose Calderon, 32-year-old J.R. Smith, and 31-year-old Jeff Green.

Last year's Cavs squad finished the season 22nd in defensive rating and generally proved that they could flip the proverbial switch in the postseason when they all cared.

Without Lowry and Ibaka, I can't see the Raptors having a chance of beating the Cavaliers.

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