Cavaliers Willing To Trade Tristan Thompson "In The Right Deal"

Forward Ben Moore saw some preseason action with the Pacers before being sent to Fort Wayne.	 Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

"We're in a funk", James said.

LeBron James isn't enjoying the view lately, watching the end of blowout losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench. IN covered as a 3-point underdog and the game finished with a total of 208 points, which was 13 points below the projected point total of 221 points. Everybody talked about the three-point thing, I don't think he did it for them, I think it was more for him but it feels good to shut people up.

Sitting out the fourth quarter, James led the Cavs with 26 points, going 9-of-16 from the field, with three rebounds and an assist.

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.

James stepped out of bounds on a drive to the basket with less than 2 seconds left.

It was a stunning twist, coming nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit on the same court to beat IN in the playoffs. The Pacers rank 25th in the National Basketball Association with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.178, while Cleveland ranks first in FTA rate allowed (0.160). On this night, the Cavs were done in by a scoreless stretch of 3:20 in the second quarter when the Raptors went on an 11-0 run to take a 55-34 lead. "There are a lot of fans coming out to support him, so I just try to get his fans mad, too". Love went over the 7,000-rebound mark during the game and now has 7,007.

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One of the few bright spots for Cleveland was Tristan Thompson, back in his hometown, contributing eight points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.

The story (other than how bad Cleveland played) was the Toronto bench, led by Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, who both dominated. The 16-point margin of defeat equaled the club's largest of the season.

The Cavs played without four guards: Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert. In the moments after, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey immediately pointed to the large disparity in 3-point shooting between the two teams, speaking about trying to evolve in the summer.Change was necessary.

Playing without Myles Turner for a second straight game, the Pacers were able to withstand his absence this time around. "But we didn't exert enough in the third quarter and they got back in the game".

It's the first time in James' career he's been involved in back-to-back losses of 25 points or more and the Cavaliers' defence is being blasted as "embarrassing". In recent years, it felt like Toronto was replaying the same season over and over: excel in the regular season behind the individual brilliance of Lowry and DeRozan, then fall apart in the playoffs as each crumbled under the weight of opposing defenses over the course of a seven-game series.

Time will tell whether this game was a flash in the pan or if the Raptors will consistently get the better of the Cavaliers this season.

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