That was the original plan anyways, when James seemed excited about the prospects of Thomas joining the team and being another perimeter playmaker. It was exasperating. Paul and Harden combined for 38 points and 20 assists, and the Rockets as a team shot 47.3 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from three. Their struggles affect everyone, including LeBron James.
"I'm lost for words, actually", James said after the game, via ESPN. But please, for the rest of the season, please don't ask me about another team unless we're competing against them the next night or to ask me about a highlight that happened the night before. "Once you see the ball go in a couple of times everybody gets feeling good about it".
The Cavaliers (30-20) were blown out by the Warriors, 118-108, and the Thunder, 148-124, last month before hosting the Rockets on February 3.
It wasn't a good day for the National Basketball Association heavyweights, with defending champions Golden State Warriors losing 115-108 to the Nuggets in Denver. They've played 18 games over that span and have captured just six victories, giving them a winning percentage of.333.
The Cavaliers still possess the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a 30-21 record but are only 0.5 games above the fourth-seeded Washington Wizards.
Their defense has been non-existent for the entire season, but that's only compounded everything as of late.
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It will then exit on Circle, go east to Janitell and then south on Las Vegas, ending at the El Paso County Coroner's Office. Heath Gumm, with the Adams County Sheriff's Office, died on January 24 while responding to an "assault in progress".
There are reports of players not getting along off of the floor, including a contentious team meeting that saw Isaiah Thomas reportedly question Kevin Love's departure from a blowout loss to Oklahoma City and absence from a subsequent practice. Now, they can't do that. They booed the entire roster, as the team went into the locker room down 65-39 at the half. Trevor Ariza, the Rockets' starting small forward, and Eric Gordon, their sixth man, didn't even play due to injuries.
There was a chance that surgery could've enabled him to return sooner.
Nikola Jokic scored 19 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:10 left, and added nine rebounds as Denver beat Golden State. There have been more than a few nights with melancholy body language from James, and you have to wonder if (or how much) he's frustrated with his teammates. It won't be easy, but whether the Cavs get to a fourth straight Finals could depend upon how bold he is at the trade deadline. That includes Thomas and the Nets first-round pick.
Meanwhile, Cavaliers are 6-9 in their last 15 games, and are having to publicly answer questions about the potential firing of Tyronn Lue.
This team is in full disarray right now.