"I think that it's going to be challenging on the guys that's been here the last few years to continue to try to motivate themselves to want to get back to the Finals", James said.
Wade, now 35, is more of a role player for the Cavaliers after joining friend LeBron James following his Bulls buyout this offseason. Kevin Love likely will have to rotate back to center defensively, but the issues are more systemic than a simple frontcourt personnel switch since the Cavaliers are 26th in scoring defense at 111.9 points per game, 27th in defensive field goal percentage (47.8) and last in 3-point defensive field goal percentage (41.8). "Hopefully we can eventually pull from that and everybody wants to see the other guys succeed and get to that pinnacle they got to". He also added 1.5 steals per game.
They conducted a clear-the-air team meeting prior to the IN loss IN an effort to galvanise each other and overcome the slump, but it didn't have the desired effect instantly as they suffered from the same old problems IN the defeat. PF - Kelly Oubre Jr. "We play teams that's not as good, and we play down to our competition". The Cavs have lost by a combined 58 points in their last three games and have four losses against teams that missed the playoffs a season ago.
John Wall, who's part of the MVP conversation, is averaging 21.6 points per game. That's the worst four-game point differential of James' career.
There is no betting line for this game due to the questionable status of Porter for the Wizards and who will replace Thompson in the lineup for the Cavaliers, but note that Cleveland have failed to cover in their last six games.
Per ESPN Stats and Info, the Cavaliers aren't just losing against teams they should be crushing, they're losing by a wide margin.
"Indiana should have beat us that year", Wade told reporters at the Cavaliers' practice facility of the Heat's series in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals.