Whatever the description, the Cavs played so poorly against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre that James took over a huddle in the first half, gesturing emphatically to an assistant coach as his teammates watched.
Casey's reliance on the bench was necessary with former all-stars Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka missing the game.
Stephenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help IN erase a 22-point, first-half deficit and beat Cleveland 97-95.
Behind Darren Collison (22 points on 9-of-11 shooting) and Victor Oladipo (19 points), the Pacers' backcourt made up for the absence of Myles Turner and a struggling Domatnas Sabonis from the field. The Cavaliers rank 28th in blocks, averaging just 3.8 per game. So far this season, the Cavaliers have been on both sides of the spectrum.
Don't criticize LeBron James for caring. "But we didn't exert enough in the third quarter and they got back in the game".
"They need a better bench". There's just a lot of stuff we have to clean up. We came in here and talked about it, and that's what happens at times.
It was the second of a tough three-game stretch for the Raptors where they played the Southeast Division-leading Heat, the Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers, and then the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The huge loss was the second straight lopsided loss suffered by the Cavaliers. He also went 4 of 10 from the foul line. There was the quick and lanky young Wright perplexing the undersized Isaiah Thomas, and two fast threes for Miles.
Young Raptors were having their moments.
The Raptors out-rebounded the Cavaliers 63-to-35. 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.
"Retirement for me is like getting engaged".
The second half was more of the same - the Raptors ruling every statistical category.
After losing to Minnesota 127-99 on Monday night, the Cavaliers fell by an even bigger margin.
Curry injured the ankle during the shootaround Wednesday and missed the loss that night to the Los Angeles Clippers and also did not play in the 108-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
After the game, he was asked again about regular season play versus the playoffs, and reiterated something.
However, James is a family man, and he has said that that will influence his decision.
"We are in a funk", he added.
Griffin followed with a three-pointer and Williams later scored on a short jumper. They had 31 assists against the Cavs, compared to the 15 they had versus the Heat.
"I mean, I would hope not", James said. We're still a work in progress. "Tonight was good. We just got to get consistent".