Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

LeBron James: NBA should take Cavs 'off every nationally televised game'

LeBron James: NBA should take Cavs 'off every nationally televised game'

But the Rockets still managed to extend the lead to 28 points, 97-69.

Gilbert never returned to his chair in the Rockets' 120-88 win Saturday. That assessment can change if he barters the Nets' pick well. They were up 26 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the first quarter.

Cleveland simply is noncompetitive against the NBA's elite.

Since losing at Golden State on Christmas, LeBron James and his teammates are 0-8 in network broadcasts and have been embarrassed in several matchups against quality teams. It's an opponent problem.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are really struggling.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has a long list of immediate concerns. The Cavs are facing an existential crisis. But a game after the Rockets allowed 38 points in the first half in San Antonio, they gave up 39 in the first half in Cleveland.

But this mess is by no means Thomas' fault. Recently, questions of overall effort have come into play.

James has always been the tide that lifts all boats. Chris Paul was two rebounds away from a triple-double with 22 points and 11 assists. That's a hefty salary for someone averaging 7.8 points a game.

"I'm lost for words", said James, who finished just 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Before tip-off against Houston, the Cavs were 0-8 against the top eight teams in the National Basketball Association after beating the Celtics in the season opener. LeBron James was clearly dejected following the loss, noting he was at a "loss for words" and that the Cavs should be taken off of national television for the rest of the season.

That statement has been uttered by LeBron James at various points throughout his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James saw Paul shine as his team struggled. Love's production has dropped because he's playing fewer minutes, but he's still Cleveland's second-leading scorer (17.9 points) and someone who shoots the three-ball at 40.4 percent. Kevin Love has a broken hand so that takes him pretty much off the market. What he wanted to do was lead the guys in the locker room and be as good as he can possibly be. The roster pieces don't fit. Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade chipped in 10 each off the bench.

Bradley Beal had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as the Wizards won their fourth straight without injured All-Star point guard John Wall. Or hope his front office finds the team's future in the June draft, and pray a premium free agent chooses the harsh Cleveland winters over somewhere warmer? John's game earlier Saturday before coming home for the Cavs and Rockets, if that tells you anything.

Rumors are flying the Cavaliers are shopping guard J.R. Smith, but a source said trading Smith is hard because of the aging guard's contract.

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