Magic stun reeling Cavs as Lebron says he's staying put

Grant SmithFeb 08, 2018

However despite this loss, James says he's staying with this team regardless of the trade deadline rapidly approaching.

When he re-entered the game with 10:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Magic ran off 14 straight points to lead 108-92. That's.I just couldn't do it. The Cavaliers are literally saying to Lebron, "lets go on a break, a short break, and if you would be willing to come back next year, we'll have the younger, more energetic players this team needs to blend in with the veterans".

On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers stepped on yet another rake, blowing a 21-point lead before going on to an 18-point loss to one of the three or four worst teams in the National Basketball Association.

Cleveland could certainly mount a comeback and win the game still if they could just play better in the fourth quarter. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 38 points but the difference-maker was CJ Miles, who was 6 of 8 from the field with five 3-pointers and 20 points in just 15 minutes of playing time.

According to James, the Cavaliers are way past the point of motivational speeches to help get them out of the slump that has plagued the organization over the last seven weeks.

Orlando were sparked by 34 points from Jonathon Simmons, on a night when all of Orlando's starters cracked double digits.

LeBron James said the struggling Cavaliers have to keep pushing through adversity, saying losing Lue was a lot like losing a player to injury or illness.

"[Lue] said he wasn't feeling well and was going to go back [to the locker room] for a second and he would be back", Drew said. J.R. Smith kicked things off for Cleveland with four three-pointers in the opening period.

Cavaliers: Host Minnesota on Wednesday. The last time James came up with zero boards or assists in the second half of a game was March 19, 2016, against the Miami Heat, when he played eight minutes. So, the media was more interested in talking to LeBron about the trade rumors that floated around earlier in the day. The team moved Tristan Thompson back to the starting center role and the team has been worse with him in that position.

But he has a no-trade clause in his contract. I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. He refuses to waive the no-trade clause and if the Cavs don't do something before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, they are not looking good enough to make it to the NBA Finals this season.

"I'm here for this season right now to try and figure out a way we can still compete", James said after his Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 21-point lead in a 116-98 loss to the Orlando Magic.

"This is no time to be ashamed about our season", James added. "If we're still serious about this season, we have to play some good ball at some point". "Push forward. We have quite a few games left".

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