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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Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Clarkson screwed up that pass from Delly.

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9 days 11 hours ago

That fact that Brandon Ingram exists just annoys me

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9 days 11 hours ago

Hahaha!

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Colin has got to stop throwing guys the ball with four seconds on the clock.

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9 days 11 hours ago

That’s what I’m talking about Sexton!!! Great kick out for a JC 3

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9 days 11 hours ago

McGee looks totally flatfooted. I think the Lakers got lit last night. GREAT look for Sexton to Clarkson.

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9 days 11 hours ago

Cavs shooting without hesitation tonight

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Think ball is gonna be the guy for the Lakers tonight.

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9 days 11 hours ago

They’re attacking the Cavs guards for sure

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Great passing.

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

I tell you what. Sexton has a nice jumper.

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9 days 11 hours ago

Lakers moving it around well on offense – something I’m not used to seeing from a LeBron team when LBJ isn’t in the game

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Cedi puttin on a show for the king!

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Sweet reverse, Cedi!

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Argh. Sexton doing his best late career Melo impersonation with that iso jack.

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Cedi’s attack game is getting better and better.

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

To bad you couldn’t get a scalped ticket without lebron in.

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

goin out on a limb for a Cavs win tonight.

Nate Smith
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9 days 11 hours ago

Hey. All double digit scorers in the starting lineup!

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