Adding to the urgency of the situation is a Martin Luther King Day game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Toronto Raptors have quickly put their romp over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday behind them as they prepare to play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. They hit 18 3-pointers, a season-high for 3s allowed by the Cavs.
Domantas Sabonis has averaged 17.0 points and 7.4 rebounds over the last five games for Indiana. It was the first matchup of the season between the teams after the Cavaliers swept the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.
They're a very respectable 10-10 on the road, but need to figure things out at home. I played two good years with them.
For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points following Thursday's forgettable result.
There's no question that something needs to change with this team. The Cavaliers are struggling at the moment, but giving any team a 22-point lead isn't a great plan.
Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves dumped the Knicks 118-108. DeRozan managed just 13 points on below 40-percent shooting, although he was able to set up teammates dishing 8 dimes without a turnover.
So the Cavs could be an angry team seeking revenge or a exhausted team reeling after losing for the seventh time in 10 games. After Oladipo's jumper gave IN an early 6-4 lead, the Cavaliers reeled off 22 unanswered points. Somehow you can lead the team in points and have a quiet night of sorts, but that's how Collison's season has been.
Sabonis started in place of Myles Turner, who missed his second consecutive game with a sore right elbow.
He left the court but opened the second half and scored 10 points in the third quarter, including an emphatic driving dunk.
Canadian Kelly Olynyk had 25 points and 13 rebounds while Slovenian Goran Dragic added 24 points and 13 assists to lead Miami over visiting Detroit 111-104.
Asked what he meant by "agendas", Lue declined to elaborate, saying he meant "just what I said".
It's a new format for the All-Star Game this season, with captains picking teams in what will surely lead to some wildly overblown stories about how this person didn't pick that person and whatever. "Flipside to that argument though, when you get to the playoffs, when everybody's motivated and when you're fully healthy and you're maybe not using the bench as much, maybe the advantage goes back to Cleveland".