Cavs players starting to doubt issues with team will be fixed


Like Durant, LeBron James scored 32 points. "It seemed like the rim got smaller and smaller".

A "trusted source" indicated to Marc Stein of The New York Times last week that Cleveland "definitely" will make at least one move before the February 8 National Basketball Association trade deadline, Stein reported Monday night. We just have to get back to making shots.

That they did so with a largely reserve lineup of Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, David West, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston was even more remarkable.

"You can't have a lot of error against them", Love said.

That's an incredibly hard decision for a 35-year-old who only got the job after the Cavs' prolonged and ill-fated run at Chauncey Billups last July. The Warriors did not manage to get above the 120-point mark - something which they had done in six of their previous eight matches - but this was about securing maximum points and bragging rights over their biggest challengers.

"I'm not anticipating anything", coach Lue told ESPN before Monday's loss to the Warriors, referring to the trade deadline.

"Because we've got the best player in the world", Lue said. "He'll figure it out".

For the second time in three seasons, the Warriors have swept the two-game series with the Cavaliers.

That group helped the Cavs lead by seven at intermission, but Cleveland didn't get the job done in the fourth quarter. The Celtics, however, know they are the better team that can win.

Up two heading into the fourth quarter and with Durant and Curry resting, the Warriors outscored the Cavs 12-4 over the first 6:16 to go up 105-95.

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"At home, we just relax a little bit", Durant said.

Much like when they started the season 5-7, the Cavs are scrambling for answers, and head coach Tyronn Lue isn't happy. He keeps getting better.

The Cavs were extremely competitive most of the night.

Injury Report: Golden State forward Omri Casspi has missed the last two games with a back issue, but is probable to return tonight.

Also not great: Cleveland's point differential of +0.8 per contest is worse than Indiana's. "We didn't finish the game the way we wanted to". But then the second half came.

The five straight wins are part of a stretch that has seen Minnesota win 12 of its last 15 since a two-point home loss to Phoenix on December 16.

"My body feels good", Thomas said. "We haven't been putting together 48-minute stretches".

The Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped three straight games, given up 1 million points (give or take a few) over the last week, and fallen seven games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. Totals 43-94 15-22 108. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.8 points on 51 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting.

Cleveland couldn't cool off Golden State on the court, so it did so in the showers. Cleveland went 6-of-23 (26.1%) from the field in the final frame.