Friday, January 12, 2018

NBA Star LeBron James rips own team as Toronto Raptors thrash Cavaliers

a man standing in front of a crowd: LeBron James
For the first time in his career, LeBron James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points.

The Cavaliers were thumped by the Timberwolves by 28 on Monday and got crushed by the Raptors on Thursday despite Toronto playing without two of its better players in Kyle Lowry (tailbone) or Serge Ibaka (suspension).

James recorded a career-worst minus-39 rating Monday and was minus-22 Thursday with just one assist as Cleveland's defense was non-existent in the first half of the 133-99 defeat to cap the season's midpoint.

The Raptors, who had seven players in double-figures, jumped out to a 65-40 halftime lead and never looked back. Even the Raptors' reserves were taking it to the Cavs as Fred VanVleet scored a team-high 22 points in 24 minutes.

It's easy to understand why James was livid as the Cavs lost for the seventh time in their last 10 games. He was caught by TNT's cameras lashing out at teammates and assistant coach Phil Handy after Pascal Siakam drove the lane and dunked with little resistance.

"We've all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we're doing for one another," James told reporters after the game. "So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did."

James is going to be angrier when he finds out Kyrie Irving likes seeing him upset.

Irving's replacement, Isaiah Thomas didn't help James' fury as the recovering point guard (hip) knocked down just 2 of 15 shots. He finished with four points and registered a minus-20.

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