Toronto Raptors 133:99 Cleveland Cavaliers
Superstar LeBron James launched a scathing attack on Cleveland Cavaliers after 2017 NBA runners-up lost another game and this time against Toronto Raptors 133:99 at Air Canada Centre, Toronto.
We all have to be held accountable,” James said after the match. “How hard we play. How much effort we play with. I’m trying to hold everyone accountable.”
You must be wondering why on earth the two times Olympic gold medalist was so harsh on his teammates despite the season is long and the issues regarding their inconsistency can be resolved in the training and of course, away from the public eyes.
But James can see the rot in his team that is getting bigger and bigger every day after Kyrie Irving was shipped out to Boston Celtics during the offseason and their own superstar recruit, Isaiah Thomas’ long absence didn’t help the cause either.
James and his struggling Cavaliers were made to suffer their worst performance in this season so far and were completely overwhelmed by the Toronto Raptors 133-99 on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers have dropped six of eight dating to a Christmas Day defeat at defending champion Golden State. James scored 26 points in this loss while Isaiah Thomas missed his first 11 shots.
"I don't know where it kind of went wrong or what happened," James said. "We've got to try to pick it back up and find it."
After losing to Minnesota 127-99 on Monday, the Cavaliers fell by an even bigger margin. Toronto's 133 points were the most by any Cavaliers opponent this season and marked the third straight game that Cleveland has allowed at least 127.
So, what has been James' biggest beef with Cleveland's last two losses?
"That I haven't played in the fourth quarter," he said, adding his team is getting "tore up."
C.J.Miles scored 16 points, Pascal Siakam and Norm Powell each had 14 and DeMar DeRozan 13 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) and forward Serge Ibaka (suspension). Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.