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LeBron James calls 2017-18 toughest season of career

LeBron James calls 2017-18 toughest season of career

And Lue remains emphatic in his belief the Cavs can (will?) achieve them. The journalists, from ESPN, Cleveland.com, andThe Athletic, all quoted anonymous sources saying the team's roster simply wasn't good enough.

On Monday, the Warriors didn't even attack Thomas as much as they could and likely would in a Finals match-up, but it still felt like the Cavaliers were playing four-on-five defensively as Golden State's sharpshooters effortlessly fired over him or drove by.

According to multiple reports, "several prominent players" on the Cleveland Cavaliers feel the team's problems can not be solved with its current roster.

"It's been very challenging", James said after practice Wednesday, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

"We come out with low energy in the fourth quarter", he said, via the Associated Press. Notice, he didn't answer the question. They allowed 127 points or more in three straight games, including their one win, a 131-127 victory against Orlando.

"Because we've got the best player in the world", Lue said.

Cleveland Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith hasn't exactly lived up to his moniker of "Swish" so far this season. At the end of the day, we have a game every other day or every two days just like everybody else in the National Basketball Association. "We have to at least acknowledge the possibility we might never see this matchup again", Botkin wrote, acknowledging the fact that the Cavaliers have been outscored by 81 points during their past four games when James has been on the court.

James, on the other hand, said he was not encouraged by the last two games.

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"You always hear people saying, 'risking their life, '" James said. "I'm more encouraged on what we did today than I am in the game the other day". Washington committed 23 turnovers, tying a season high; 17 of them came in the first half. "So we know. He's always going to get the ship righted and what happens now has nothing to do with what happens later".

"We've got to keep working at it and we are working at it, and we've got to keep following our assignments and doing it with toughness". The guys are putting in the work.

It has been an up-and-down season for the Cavs, who started off 5-7, then reeled off 18 wins in 19 games only to have it followed by their current slump - a 3-9 record since December 19. But he's shooting a career-low.361 from the field.

Cleveland was home after going 1-4 on a road trip that included blowout losses in Minnesota and Toronto.

Taking that all into account, the Celtics can not treat the Cavaliers as if they are some struggling team.

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.

LeBron James and Cleveland had gone into the game at the Quicken Loans Arena determined to halt a three-game losing streak by beating the Warriors, who they have faced in the last three editions of the NBA Finals. It's been very challenging on our team. But we have to figure it out.

Even if the Cavaliers are struggling, the Celtics need to get better in a lot of ways to be confident in their ability to get to the Finals.


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