National Basketball Association on MLK Day: Warriors too good for LeBron James, Cavaliers

LeBron James and coach Tyronn Lue have led Cleveland to three straight Finals but the Cavs don’t get after it on defense the way Eastern Conference-leading Boston does

There is a good chance that the Raptors and Cavaliers will put things together, and will start winning more games.

The Cavs acquired Brooklyn's unprotected first-round pick in this offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

As Lue's pregame media conference continued, perhaps the coach had a moment to reflect on the Cavs' current spot in the standings: third in the East; seven games back of No. 1 Boston and four games back of No. 2 Toronto - two teams that thoroughly handled Cleveland on its recent five-game road trip in which it finished a paltry 1-4.

Furthermore, numerous wins were racked up against inferior opponents.

Darren Collison scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo tallied 19 as the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point deficit to edge the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 on Friday.

The Warriors did not turn in a winning performance Monday - far from it - but against a Cleveland team that is without a doubt one of the worst defensive squads in the league, Golden State wasn't punished for their nonchalant effort.

The perceived inevitability of a lopsided series, should the Cavs and Warriors meet again in June, doesn't stem from a dominant and undeniable Warriors win on Monday, though. It was a one-two punch that slayed the notorious 73-9 team in the finals and gave Cleveland their first title ever.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said James' presence on the Cavs always makes them a threat in the long run.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors defends against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 15, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. "It seemed like the rim just got smaller and smaller, " James said as he bemoaned his side's latest shooting slump, but it was more about the depth and defence his team lack rather than the misses which should be most concerning. "Everyone knows it's going to take a while to get into a comfortable groove here". The question is whether that potential will ever be realized. He scored 17 points in his first game as a Cavalier, but he has not been a super hero in wine and gold - at least not yet. "Way better. We have grown a lot".

Kevin Durant was heard saying "They got to do something in The Q", after emerging from an abbreviated cold shower. But Cleveland expected to be trending upwards and instead has been sinking despite growing healthier, including Isaiah Thomas' return to the team.

The post National Basketball Association scout claims Isaiah Thomas "so much worse" than Kyrie Irving defensively appeared first on Cavs Nation.

That could also include an adjustment period that any sort of major trade would bring.

Just replicating Thomas' shot would require an inordinate degree of touch, luck and trajectory.

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