Three low-key players the Cavaliers should consider

Ruben Hill
January 13, 2018

In their place has emerged a far more egalitarian system, created to make Toronto far less predictable when it enters the crucible of the NBA's post-season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers watched a 22-point first-quarter lead evaporate and suffered their third consecutive loss as they dropped a 97-95 decision to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night.

And Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead the Charlotte Hornets to their fourth victory in six games, 99-88 over the Utah Jazz.

This game will be another blip on an 82-game season if the Cavs return to the Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. Whether we lost the game tonight or won the game tonight doesn't define who we are. The Raptors drained 18 three-pointers, the most the Cavs have allowed this season. Oladipo made the free throw to give IN an 84-82 lead with 7:53 to go, a costly point. James led the way with 26 points but only had one assist. They are 1-6 in those seven.

While America loves a good Petty War, they may have to look elsewhere for a battle this time.

Coming off its 28-point embarrassing loss to the Timberwolves, the 34-point loss to Toronto was even worse. The Ringer's Zachary Kram pointed out that this is the first time in James's career that he's lost two games in a row by more than 25 points.

There will undoubtedly be plenty of questions asked about Cleveland's defence over the next three months, and about whether they can make another run through the post-season with an aging roster that's struggling to stop anybody, let alone the best the league has to offer. He did, however, dish out eight assists.

Over the last few weeks we've heard whispers that the Cavs were interested in DeAndre Jordan and could dangle Tristan Thompson in the right deal.

The Pacers completely turned things around in the third quarter, doubling up the Cavs 32-16 and taking two-point lead into the final period.

In addition to Thompson, Cleveland holds two first-round picks that could be used in a big deal before the February 8 trade deadline - their own choice and the coveted Brooklyn pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade - and would be interested in landing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to Charania. IN shut out the Cavs over the final 3:57 and twice stopped James when he could have given the Cavs the lead. The Cavs have now given up over 125 points in three straight games and have given up over 110 points in four of five games in January. After the game against the Raptors on Thursday, head coach Tyronn Lue suggested the Cavaliers might be struggling because guys on the team have "agendas".

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