That's usually a combination that equates to postseason success.In terms of point differential, the Cavs are 11th while Toronto ranks second, trailing the Golden State Warriors.Despite the Cavs' awful stretch, ranking as the league's worst defense in the three games since Isaiah Thomas - who was supposed to lift the team to new heights - in the starting lineup, the Cavs don't seem too concerned. And with the February 8 trade deadline approaching, the opportunity to do so is quickly running out.
But comparing James' late misses with his previous heroics or delving into Cleveland missing out on Stephenson are really just distractions from the bigger picture here.
Golden State, Houston, San Antonio, Minnesota, Boston, Toronto and Cleveland can go ahead and start printing playoff tickets. The Cavs appeared to weather the storm by going on a 14-5 run of their own, but then watched the Pacers again run off 11 straight points as part of a 16-2 run to close out the quarter.
The Cavs scored the first four points of the final frame to move back in front, but the Pacers retook the lead a coupe minutes later, thanks to Stephenson.
And they're 34-9 entering Saturday, still leading the National Basketball Association. IN has won three of its last four and has beaten Cleveland three times in one season for the first time since 2013-14. Thomas finished fifth in the MVP voting past year and had a breakout season with the Boston Celtics.
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. But we got history.so I should have known that. Jakob Poeltl pulled down four.The Cavs' veteran bench has been one of the team's strengths this season. They are playing at a faster pace, and they're shooting the three-ball with more regularity. LeBron James was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
Rumors have swirled around a possible deal for DeAndre Jordan the rebounding machine with the Los Angeles Clippers.
And for approximately the 700th time, Lance Stephenson and LeBron James got into it. James was eventually awarded a technical when it looks like Stephenson goaded James into pushing him after Stephenson had some "incidental" contact with Stephenson.
Who the Trends Like: Golden State is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings. They now rank third in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating. "You've got Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, arguably some of the best shooters in the game today".
Get live updates, news and analysis on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.as the Warriors put their 11-game road winning streak on the line when the take on the Raptors in Toronto.
James recorded a career-worst minus-39 rating in the loss to the Timberwolves and was minus-22 on Thursday with just one assist as Cleveland's defense was non-existent in the first half.