Live Thread: Cavs @ Lakers (#LeGone)

LeBron James has been missing in action for his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, for three weeks now. During his 10 game absence, LA has gone just 3-7. Meanwhile, LeBron has been missing from his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, for six months now. Since his departure, the Cavs have gone just 8-35. The point being that, without LeBron’s availability… LeBron’s teams tend to struggle.

None of this is news. As Cavs fans, we learned as we vacillated between patience and panic over the previous four seasons, usually during this period of winter doldrums, that the center of a LeBron-centric construct does not hold when the King is gone. Whether from a sabbatical due to injury, boredom or general surliness, any stretch of contests that didn’t feature James turned them into strong candidates for the loss column. Even though he played all 82 games last year, it doesn’t mean he was mentally checked in for that extended January rough patch (aka the Isaiah Thomas experience).

This current stretch is due to a rather painful looking groin injury LeBron suffered mid-way through his annual Christmas Day game with the Warriors. Initially, LBJ was supposed to be out for a couple of weeks, but there was no real rush to hurry him back to the court. He was slated to make his return tonight against his former team… but that didn’t come to pass. The Lakers are still optimistic LeBron will return soon, possibly even later this week.

So, why did I spend so much time talking about LeBron, the injured former face of the Cavs’ franchise who will be only a spectator tonight at the Staples Center? Probably because there’s not much to talk about with the Cavs right now… unless you want to hear about a rash of injuries, a struggling rookie, potential trades and whether or not they can hold and opponent under 140…

Prediction: The King sips wine on his sideline throne as his new subjects rout his old ones, 142-118.

It’s a late one for you Eastern Time Zoners, so stay up for this one only if you’re a glutton for punishment. Tip off is as 9:30pm EST on NBATV and FSO. I’d say enjoy the game… but that’s probably asking a bit too much…

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buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
9 days 5 hours ago

might have to watch a little of this one.. good time to grab a win.. now, onwards to zion.. lose another 12 straight please

West coast cav
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West coast cav
9 days 8 hours ago

It figures that the game I’m blacked out on is the one game they win. Probably means some Laker heads are going to roll.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

I wouldn’t be against signing Burks this summer. I have been impressed with him as a bench guard.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

He does not always play well. Or smart. But he does almost always play hard. Been hot from 3 lately.

Worth $10 million? No. Seven? Maybe.

Again, I would not take a crap trade just to trade the guy. I am fine with seeing how he plays with Love & seeing if he can come back for reasonable next year. If not, it is cap space.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

I’d totally take an asset to trade the guy. Then sign him in the summer.

NickNevers
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NickNevers
9 days 8 hours ago

The Sexton baseline layup on Lonzo and the shake ‘n’ bake on KCP were things of beauty. If more of that happens, then we’re talking. Still got a long way to go in his development, but I like he’s not afraid of the moment.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Honestly, I think we’re a year away still. He’s still absorbing. But when it clicks he has the tools to be decent if he takes the stupid habits out of his game. He’s still taking a while to process everything.

CLF
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CLF
9 days 8 hours ago

Yup.. I like his mentality too. Just needs to be smarter with shot selection.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

These Bandit eastbound and down commercials are fun with Burks.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

haha this is amazing

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
9 days 8 hours ago

Well I did manage to enjoy this game!

MikeO
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MikeO
9 days 8 hours ago

Gotta say, I like Burks at least 6 times more than Hood…Hood is money on FTs, though…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

i’m so annoyed with Hood. He has the skillset to be a mccolum style offensive player. But he has the mindset to become an Andrew Wiggins style all around player. He is the epitome of potentially awesome.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

A good night in hoops. Cavs win snaps a 12 game skid. Cedi & Sexton look good. And it puts the Lakers in a tie for 8th/9th. Kyrie is yelling at teammates in Boston. And Harden goes 1-17 from deep in a loss.

CLF
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CLF
9 days 8 hours ago

Sexton with a team high +16 plus/minus…. Cedi second highest at +12 plus/minus

CLF
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CLF
9 days 8 hours ago

Heck yeah great win!!! Cedi and Sexton playing better!!! Seeing some better strategic decisions such as more Cedi on the drive to the basket and running more 1st team offense thru Hood.

MikeO
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MikeO
9 days 8 hours ago

Love this result…Lakers are pretty putrid without Lebron…mostly mediocre roster that doesn’t make sense…

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

Victory!!!
13 bds for the Bandit!

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

OK, Rodney. IT’S ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

Josh Hart just cranked Burks in the face on that rebound. No ref even glanced that direction. Goodness.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

Still cannot clean the glass.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

Sexton has been good tonight. All the starters have.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

BIG FREE THROW, BANDIT!!!!

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Kinda feel like Cedi should’ve dunked that but. good decision.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

Need a board & needed Cedi to make a FT.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Kuz flopped.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

God I’m nervous. Need a win desperately. This game has me out on Larry Drew. Shouldn’t even be this close

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

He is working with a piddling roster to be fair. Not that I disagree with you…I think we should definitely change coaches next year. But we have no business winning basketball games in the current nba with our roster as it is

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

This game was not hard. The Lakers are hiding Kuz on D. Whoever he is guarding either isolate or go pick and roll, it’s not hard. Cavs were ice cold till they started attacking him with Cedi, then they put KCP on Cedi to stop it and Cavs couldn’t recognize.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

i agree to a point…i had a whole not that simply comment placed here but you’re right they didn’t try it enough before they went away from it.

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Cedi. Ugh. Gotta make those. LEt’s take a timeout to get it to a good freethrower next time.

MikeO
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MikeO
9 days 8 hours ago

Cmon Cedi…can’t miss both…mercy…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

i’m watching the lakers’ feed…they keep singing Sexton’s praises and it’s hilarious. They think he has a wicked first step. Ugh. They just have crappy defenders at the moment.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

heck yeah! show them how to make freebies TT!

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Sexton to the hole!

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

TT doing dumb things. Sheesh. A mile late and fouled a 3PT shooter.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

that foul looked like bullcrap live…kuz leaned forward after landing…

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

cavs are picking apart a really poorly put together team without playmakers. This was the fear I think with the guys Magic signed. Could they score with Lebron on the bench? Could Lebron play off ball?

No. and no.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

Rondo & LeBron are the only smart players they have. Both out.

Jason
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Jason
9 days 8 hours ago

Stop fouling. Though against LA. Ingram is 62% from the line. That ain’t a shooter.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
9 days 8 hours ago

this is the type of game the cavs will continue to win especially when LN jr comes back. we have all semi-enjoyed a good chunk of the games this year literally because we are watching a team that gives a crap. There’s no reason for the cavs to have gotten up for this game…but they caught a team asleep at the wheel and took advantage so far

Nate Smith
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9 days 8 hours ago

Whoever Kuz is guarding, go after him.

Nate Smith
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9 days 9 hours ago

Cedi against Kuzma. Duh. Set up every basket in the last 5 minutes.

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