LeBron James scored 18 points Saturday on 8-of-17 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 148-124. James pulled down three rebounds and had seven assists, tallying a plus-minus of -33 in his 38:22 of playing time. He added one block.
Advice: James entered the fourth within reach of 30,000. But after he missed two shots, James was replaced with 6:37 remaining and the Cavs trailing 128-101. The 33-year-old wanted to make history in front of his home fans and family, but it wasn't to be and he dejectedly took a seat on the bench as the Thunder finished off the rout.
LeBron James scored 18 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one block and two turnovers in 38 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.
Advice: He looked discouraged for most of this game because his team is still in Strugglesville, and apparently they got a vacation package to stay there for a while. James also had a minus-33 in plus-minus today, which marked his fourth-worst of his NBA career -- his worst came back on Jan. 8 vs. MIN. The Cavs have lost six of their last seven games while LeBron has a brutal 118.8 defensive rating over that span -- Isaiah Thomas has a 123.8. Expect the Cavs trade rumors to pick up after this embarrassing loss.
LeBron James scored 16 points Thursday, going 7 of 16 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Orlando Magic 104-103. James grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists, tallying a plus-minus of -4 in his 34:47 of playing time. He added one steal.
Advice: James had averaged 28.3 points on 54.2 percent shooting in his previous three games. He committed six turnovers and went 2 of 8 from the free-throw line but closed in on 30,000 career points. He now needs 25 to become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000. He'll likely reach the plateau on Saturday when Cleveland hosts Oklahoma City.
LeBron James scored 16 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, six turnovers and one foul in 35 minutes against the Magic during a 104-103 win.
Advice: He had one of the most ridiculous passes you'll ever see as he did a no-look, behind-the-back, nutmeg pass for a layup (video in link below). Besides that, James didn't play well with all those turnovers, making 2-of-8 from the line, and lots of mistakes. The Cavs almost blew this game and almost dropped their fifth straight, and LeBron commented on that after the game. "We're in Strugglesville," he said. In other news, LeBron was named an All-Star captain today.
LeBron James scored 32 points Monday on 12-of-18 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors 118-108. James grabbed eight rebounds and dished out six assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -14 in his 36:15 of playing time. He added four blocks and three steals.
Advice: The Cavaliers folded in the second half of this marquee matchup, but James was his usual dominant self throughout the contest. The four-time MVP continues to have one of his best fantasy seasons in quite some time with averages of 27.3 points, 8.8 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 1.72 steals per game.
According to a published report by ESPN, several prominent Cavs anonymously acknowledged growing discontent in Cleveland.
Advice: After losing to the Warriors on Monday night, Cleveland is just 2-8 over their last ten games. Per the report, the players "expressed doubt that the problems -- an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players -- could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy." The Cavs will almost certainly make a move prior to the February trade deadline to shake up the roster.
LeBron James hit 12-of-18 shots and just 8-of-13 free throws for 32 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, four blocks and eight turnovers in 36 minutes of Monday's 118-108 loss to the Warriors.
Advice: James didn't miss many shots tonight, but the Cavaliers still managed to go on a 1-of-16 shooting stretch in the second half, much of which he was on the bench for. The Cavs could never recover and are still looking for answers, dropping their fourth straight games and fifth in their last sixth. James still looks like a 25-year-old kid out there and is killing it for his fantasy owners (minus the free throws and turnovers), but the Cavaliers are still trying to find their groove.