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Troubling Times for Cleveland: Can it be Fixed?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2-8 in their last 10 games. Apparently, this is the worst stretch of losing in LeBron’s career. They’ve got the Magic coming up at home on Thursday after six days of rest, a sure fire win for anyone else.

Not Their Usual Struggle

At 26-17, the Cavs have not lived up to any of the expectations that people (and themselves) had for this team. They started 5-7, but then went on a 13-game win streak. This put everyone at ease for the moment, until their troubles started again. But the excuses came pouring: the team isn’t healthy; just wait until Isaiah comes back at PG; blah, blah, blah. Well, Tristan Thompson and Isaiah Thomas are back and the Cavs are still losing. They rank 28th in defensive efficiency and their role players just aren’t getting it done. Once again, it’s LeBron trying to carry this team to the Finals by himself. But with a more competitive Eastern conference this year, that just seems highly unlikely. It seems the panic is really starting to set in for everyone.

Who’s  the Coach Again?

Every team has a leader. For the Cavs, it’s only natural that their leader is LeBron. But there’s a difference between being a leader and trying to be the coach. In the game where they were being blown out by Toronto, there was a video clip of the Cavs bench that went viral. LeBron was absolutely irate about the lack of defense his team was playing. Now, this shouldn’t be a big deal right? Well, when you’re the one talking during EVERY time out and the coach is the one listening, then it’s a problem. More often than not, it seems LeBron is the coach and Tyron Lue is just the guy they put there to make it look official. I respect Lue and I think he could be a heck of a coach if LeBron would let him do his job. Obviously, LeBron leading the way isn’t working anymore, so it’s time to take your team back Lue!

Uncertain Future= Lackluster Effort?

Is it just me, or is this ‘bump in the road’ a direct result of the team’s insecurities? What I mean is, the fact that LeBron will be a free agent next year seems to be affecting the mentality of everyone else. A lot of the players expressed concern over their problems not being ‘fixable’, and that loss to the Pacers even had Lue throwing jabs. Let’s be clear, LeBron only came back to Cleveland because of a young Kyrie Irving. Now that he’s left and the age of the Cavs is being exposed, he will no doubt seek a younger team to take over this offseason. So yes, the King has an agenda, okay? Lue was not being petty here. My take on it: why am I going to play hard for a teammate who clearly has plans to bounce after this year? Especially after he fought so hard to bring me here. Why if you were going to leave me hanging anyways?

Well, the saga continues in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kyrie is leading the Celtics to the top of the East and trolling the King on the Gram. Well, he only did it that one time… right?

The King, the Queen and the Princess

No one looks forward to a Cavs and Knicks matchup but last night, we did. After the Cavs beat Dallas on Saturday, LeBron had some glowing remarks about their rookie Dennis Smith Jr. , basically saying the Knicks should have drafted him instead of letting him fall to the Mavericks. Well, this comment didn’t go over well with the Knicks, especially Enes Kanter, who felt this was a shot at their rookie Frank Ntilikina. LeBron then clarified that his comments were not a shot at Ntilikina but at Phil Jackson for the way he handled the team (and in defense of his bestie Carmelo). He then took a shot at Kanter for ‘always having something to say’ (per ESPN). All of this pre-game aggression had us fans amped for this game.

The Knicks gained a 23 point lead by halftime, though they eventually lost the game by three after LeBron and Kyle Korver stepped up for the Cavs. But the thing that everyone is talking about is the fight that almost occurred between Kanter and LeBron, in addition to their post-game comments directed at one another. Kanter got all up in LeBron’s grill to defend his rookie Ntilikina after LeBron seemed to have picked on him. I say this because after the basket he made, LeBron basically tried to stare down the kid and square up, even though we know he’s not about that life. The rookie responded with a few shoves, basically because he was not in the mood to play the intimidation game. It appeared as though LeBron was ready to teach the rookie how to respect his elders, but when Kanter stepped up he was more than ready for someone to come to his rescue. Then, like a kid trying to justify his actions in a lunchroom squabble, LeBron tries to plead his case to the referees. I can only imagine what he said: ‘they started it, I didn’t do anything! You saw me right?’ Either way, the Cavs got the last laugh; the Knicks weren’t able to play for a solid 48 minutes.

Snide comments, childish Instagram posts (like Arthur’s fist with the caption ‘Mood’) and antics like convincing the team to take the subway to the game (then posting it on social media) is the reason why Kyrie left. Everyone wants to be mad at him for leaving Cleveland but I honestly don’t blame him because like Skip Bayless said, LeBron is a drama queen (I guess Kanter’s post game comments were on point). Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a big kid, but there is something wrong with being petty and that’s exactly what LeBron is. What he fails to realize is that his shot at Phil Jackson was also a shot at Ntilikina; although indirect, it was still a shot. At 7-7, no one on that team should be saying anything at all until they can get their act together. But what most us fail to realize is that LeBron is being ‘extra’ in order to distract from the fact that his team is not performing the way everyone expected them to (and the fact that they don’t play defense).