Cavs players starting to doubt issues with team will be fixed

Doug Mendoza
January 17, 2018

It took three of the greatest plays in Cleveland sports history in rapid succession in 2016 for the Cavs to defeat the record-setting 73-and-9 Warriors in the seventh game of the NBA Finals. Can they close the gap to this historic Golden State team even if they do make a blockbuster trade?

Golden State led 93-91 heading into the fourth quarter and, with their opponents starting to tire, the champions turned the screw. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 109.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting. But with LeBron James potentially leaving for another city in the summer, the team needs to think about its future. But Monday night, they had a chance to make a statement.

Some people do prefer a cold shower, but of all the things people in the National Basketball Association were fighting about on Monday, a cold shower does seem to be the most worthy point of disagreement to get feisty over. "We weren't pushing the pace and we were settling for jump shots".

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry led the way for the Warriors like they always do. Literally. In the rawest form that you could say that. Just last year, Dwyane Wade suggested the Boston Celtics pulled a similar stunt on the Chicago Bulls during the playoffs last year.

Isaiah Thomas, with 13.6 points and 3.4 assists per game, has failed till now to create the kind of impact that was expected from him in the 5 games he has played. He finished the game with 19 points on 21 shots and went 1 for 7 from behind the arc.

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"If I.T. makes some shots, it's a different game", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "He'll figure it out". "I expect them to come out and play a lot better than they have been these last couple weeks". "We're there - we're trying to get there - but we just need to be a little bit earlier". "We're not playing the best right now, but we will be at some point". "Well, we're not playing the best right now, but we will be".

Houston fell 4.5 games behind Golden State for the No.1 seed in the Western Conference with their 113-102 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers (22-21).

Over 97 minutes through five NBA Finals games in 2017, Korver posted a.500 eFG% and hoisted just 3.2 3-point field goals per night. "We didn't finish the game the way we wanted to".

"They do a good job of switching out, wherever he's coming out from, whether it's a big guy or a small guy", Lue said.

Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before receiving two technical fouls and an automatic ejection in the Thunder's 95-88 verdict over the Kings. First, he threw down a resounding dunk off a Thomas lob, then he swatted a Durant driving layup attempt off the glass, both to the delight of most of the 20,562 fans in attendance. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.

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