NBA ROUND UP: Cavaliers blow 22-point lead in third straight loss

LeBron James

LeBron James

And with the defending champion Golden State Warriors on deck Monday in Cleveland, there could easily be another score line this ugly on the Cavaliers' ledger if they don't start figuring things out. LeBron believes the Cavaliers are "fragile" right now. What Cleveland found out last night though is that this isn't that team anymore.

With one of the league's worst defense, the Cavaliers are a shell of the team which got blown out in last year's NBA Finals.

LeBron refused to elaborate on what he said to Handy during the timeout after the game.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 19 points and added seven rebounds and six assists but Cleveland fell to 25-13, third in the East, behind Boston and Toronto. The Cavs have now given up over 125 points in three straight games and have given up over 110 points in four of five games in January.

"Playing with a lot of speed, man", said VanVleet of the win over Cleveland.

Even when there was only seconds left, Stephenson was still at it. "We're getting there. Defensively, we're executing the things we want to do, whether it's switching, handling pick-and-rolls and just being efficient".

"We had a lot of energy in the first half", James said.

The Cavaliers (26-15) will play the second of back-to-back games Friday night at IN (21-20). "That changes the whole dynamic". Toronto relied on the backcourt tandem of DeRozan and Kyle Lowry to make the Eastern Conference final in 2016 and the conference semifinal in 2017, losing to Cleveland both times.

DeAndre Jordan's name has come up in several trade rumors this season, including reports that the Cavs and Bucks are interested.

The Raptors out-rebounded the Cavaliers 63-to-35.

"We've been learning it, appreciating it, understanding it, since Day 1 of training camp", said DeRozan on the court of the Biosteel Centre, the Raptors' practice facility. Can't we just be happy the Pacers have two good centers? Times where we are playing well. He covered LeBron at times and didn't let him go off. Stephenson covered him in 4th, but with a player like LeBron and the Pacers not having any shutdown defenders, it takes a team effort. They will look to get back to winning ways on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

"You're dealing with human behaviour and human behaviour is unpredictable sometimes". Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.

Houston's James Harden has a very comfortable lead over Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo in the scoring race, and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (who could average a triple-double again) has about a one-assist-per-game lead over Harden and Washington's John Wall in the battle for the assist title.

At Minnesota, the game was virtually over when the Timberwolves jumped out to a 20-4 lead on the Cavs.

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