Fans are starting to worry.
This Pacers team is at their best when they are moving the ball, getting stops defensively where they don't have to take the ball out of the net, and when they have a balanced attack. A frustrated LeBron (27 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals), who had to carry the team without All-Star guards Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas, played 41 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back - arriving from Toronto.
In addition to Thompson, Cleveland holds two first-round picks that could be used in a big deal before the February 8 trade deadline - their own choice and the coveted Brooklyn pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade - and would be interested in landing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to Charania.
In their last five games, Cleveland is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders. 26-13 against everybody else.
Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Dwight Howard, who scored two first-half points.
DeRozan said the team was shell-shocked without Lowry against Miami, but figured things out from that debacle and used it against Cleveland. "We stayed with it and fought through adversity".
"I've got a 10-year-old boy [Bryce], 3-year-old girl [Zhuri]. Credit to my teammates for a great overall team win". Meanwhile, despite missing two of their top three-point shooters, the Raptors hit 18-of-42 (42.9-percent). That's not a complaint at all as his 19 points only trailed Collison's 22. He would go on to finish with a modest 13 points and a team-high eight assists. Add another page to the Lance and LeBron history book as well.
With about eight minutes left in the game, the Pacers swingman was able to get James to commit a technical foul.
"We just needed to settle down and focus", Nate McMillan said. Times where we're not playing well. It's always an emotional game when we play Cleveland. I just felt it was the time.
McMillan and the Pacers were fortunate that LeBron's final shot missed.
The Pacers' offense was anemic for much of that stretch, going scoreless for a 6:58 stretch. He drilled down a three over Kyle Korver on one end to give IN an 83-82 lead, then drew a frustrated shove from James on the other end, resulting IN a technical foul and an Oladipo free throw.
Why did Collison not miss the second free throw on objective?
But back-to-back defensive brain cramps in which the Cavs gave up 1277 points in consecutive games and then that stinker last night in Toronto makes it very plain the issue in Cleveland is not working one new starter into the mix. Toronto ranks second in the National Basketball Association for games with at least 125 points, trailing only Golden State (13).