Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Cavs welcome Timberwolves as they look to end National TV skid

Cavs welcome Timberwolves as they look to end National TV skid

The led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but got outscored 65-31 in the second half with in the locker room.

The NBA trade deadline looms on Thursday and while James may not be going anywhere, the Cavaliers may have to make deals to put some life into the team.

James finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, and he set the stage for his game-winner with a block on Jimmy Butler on the previous defensive possession, the first blocked shot of the game for the Cavaliers.

LeBron James is the top fantasy basketball player for the Cavaliers with a season average of 52.2 fantasy points per game. The Cavaliers are literally saying to Lebron, "lets go on a break, a short break, and if you would be willing to come back next year, we'll have the younger, more energetic players this team needs to blend in with the veterans". Whereas (former GM David) Griffin would consult with James and keep him informed of major roster decisions, that is no longer happening. Lue left Tuesday's game early with an illness. We've got another opportunity tomorrow playing against a very good team that beat us up pretty good in Minnesota before.

While things calmed down in the second, they still managed to extend their lead to 67-51 at the half.

Evan Fournier scored 19 points for the Magic, who broke a nine-game home losing streak against Cleveland.

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Thomas was asked if anything can be done by the Cavs to address the slippage when the players are getting away from playing the right way. "If they continue on this track, I think they'll be like 'bump it, we done any damn way'".

If they won't commit long-term, does that 100% mean the Cavs won't trade for them? We got to adjust throughout the game.

The Timberwolves are one of the best teams in the league in turnovers per game (#2), steals per game (#3) and points per game (#5). "And that's been one of our biggest problems all year, is adjusting".

LeBron's statement on his commitment to Cleveland applies to this season.

He reportedly lashed out on the Cavs executive prior to the lost to the Magic last night. "Just stay positive. For me, I am staying positive and just trying to figure out ways we can be better".

Despite the struggles, James said he'd never waive his no-trade clause to play for another team this season. The next three All-Star Game dates have already been announced and they're all around the traditional time: Feb. 17, 2019; Feb. 16, 2020; and Feb. 14, 2021.

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