The Cavs held a team meeting on Tuesday to discuss their inefficient play, with LeBron James reportedly becoming very vocal.
With the NBA season having started just a few weeks ago, nobody could have predicted that the defending Eastern Conference Champion Cavaliers would be sitting at 3-4, having notably lost games to struggling teams such as the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
The Cavs made some very significant moves throughout the offseason dealing Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, in return for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas and defensive specialist Jae Crowder. They also added forward Jeff Green to increase their already deep bench and as well as former MVP Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade after he was released from the Chicago Bulls. It looked like they had added some depth but things couldn’t be much worse at the moment.
After winning the opening night matchup against the Boston Celtics and the following contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team went downhill fast, having lost four of their last five. They are struggling, notably on the defensive end. Not too good for a team with high aspirations.
In an attempt to remedy the issue and hopefully get back on track, the Cavaliers held a pre-practice meeting on Halloween, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. The meeting was to discuss their frightening play as of late, with the main focal points being defensive efficiency as well as on-court communication. Players had a chance to air their grievances with LeBron James unsurprisingly becoming very vocal.
After a nearly three-hour practice, roughly double a regular workout session, the team will have a chance to get back on track with a favorable matchup on against the visiting Indiana Pacers. Knowing how LeBron has historically reacted to criticism throughout the years, you can bet that “King James” will show up to play on Wednesday night.