The report comes just hours after the Cavs suffered a 34-point drubbing at the hands of the shorthanded Toronto Raptors, their second consecutive blowout loss, and seventh defeat in the last 10 games.
In Sacramento, Tyrone Wallace intercepted a pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk with 10.9 seconds left, moments after what looked like a costly turnover by Lou Williams, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Sacramento Kings 121-115 after blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Two years ago, LeBron James wanted Tristan Thompson to stay on the team for the foreseeable future and the Cavs gifted him with a 5-year, $82 million with all money being guaranteed. He missed a 3-point attempt for the win at the buzzer. He finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, but his energy and impact could not be measured by sheer numbers.
Cleveland, which lost its previous two games by a combined 62 points, was outscored 84-61 over the final three quarters and wound up blowing the lead nearly exactly nine months after the Cavs rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat IN in the playoffs. IN took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Victor Oladipo with 2:10 to play.
"We went 1-5, 1-4, whatever the hell it was, on this road trip, so there ain't no progress", James said.
Anthony Davis returned from injury with a bang after his 36 points saw the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Portland Trailblazers 119-113.
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Griffin followed with a three-pointer and Williams later scored on a short jumper. Nope. He had four points in 25 minutes on Thursday night. Toronto's big men benefited from the Raptors' shooting spreading the floor, with Valanciunas scoring 15 and pulling down 18 rebounds and Poeltl getting 12 and 12. The Timberwolves shot 56.7 percent (38 of 67) over the final three quarters to come from behind and win their fourth game in a row and 11th of 14 overall.
Dinwiddie almost recorded his first career triple-double, totaling 10 assists and matching a career best with nine rebounds.
LeBron James and Lance Stephenson were once again the centers of attention. The Cavs are 0-3 against IN and 6-1 against everyone else IN the division. Only two other teammates managed to join him in double figures, as Tyreke Evans and James Ennis each tallied 12. For the season, Cleveland has defeated opponents by an average of 1.1 points.
It's perhaps the most telling sign yet that the 29-11 Raptors - who have already locked down the best record the franchise has ever had at the halfway point of season with Game 41 still to play Saturday night - are better positioned to leverage it into something meaningful in the second half and beyond.
Clint Capela scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who dominated the boards 53-38. "We had a lot of energy in the first half".