Cavs blow 22-point lead vs. Pacers, lose third straight

The video of James came from the Cavs' 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night - Cleveland's second blowout defeat in as many games. Nice win, that's about it. That's six of the last nine games, a stretch that started against the suffocating Golden State defense at the beginning of this grueling portion of the schedule. "Nowadays it's not about the moment it's kind of about the process and the long run of it". So it never stops. "In the third quarter, we didn't exert as much as we did in the first half and we let them get back into the game". They've lost seven of their last 10 games, and are now sporting the NBA's second worst defense.

Darren Collison scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo added 19 as the Indiana Pacers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 last night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

However, the fact is that the Cleveland Cavaliers started losing as soon as Tristan Thompson returned from injury and the more they struggle with him in the lineup, the worse his trade value becomes.

This is not an insignificant achievement.

The Pacers are a fascinating team this season. They took down the Wizards on December 17 but proceeded to lose seven of their next 10 while covering only one pointspread during that span. It's the Pacers' third win this season over the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs.

It marked the first time in James' career that his team had trailed by 20 or more points at the half in consecutive games, according to ESPN Stats and Information. But that's not to say they're slow. We're still getting better at it. "It's a good test for us".

"My job is down low, grab those rebounds, I always say that". We got history. I already know that.

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After halftime, IN did a much better job IN limiting turnovers and getting back on defense.

"That's one of the best jobs", said Casey.

But the Raptors don't have revenge on their minds for Saturday even though the possibility seems decent enough. That would distract them from the process of gradual improvement.

DeRozan said the team was shell-shocked without Lowry against Miami, but figured things out from that debacle and used it against Cleveland. "It's going to be a whole different type of game and we have to be ready for that".

It's an outlook that has permeated the group. "We've got to try to pick it back up and find it". "[But] if you bring the same intensity and approach to what you do, that will give you a chance in most games".

This Raptors game - a nationally televised affair against a playoff foe from the previous two seasons - would typically be the type of game the Dr. Jekyll Cavs would show up for. And Kevin Love agreed with LeBron and said it's just a matter of the Cavaliers figuring out a way to "play extremely hard and inspired". "You want to play versus the top teams in the National Basketball Association. If you're into yourself on the offensive end, if you're struggling, then you're not doing what you need to do defensively and vice versa".

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