Cavaliers reportedly hold 'emotional' team meeting about Kevin Love's absence

Paul George dropped 36 points

Cleveland players have reportedly been pointing fingers in a variety of directions. After a roaring start to the season that had him high atop early lists of MVP candidates, Cleveland's 33-year-old superstar has hit a relative slump over his past 12 games, posting numbers - 22.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists - that would be terrific for nearly any other National Basketball Association player, but represent a drop-off for him that his squad can ill afford.

Oklahoma City center Steven Adams scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting and the Thunder's starters combined for 121 points.

"We've seen we can string together a lot of wins".

Or both. Clearly, everything is not well in northeast OH and it may take a massive move at the trade deadline to fix things in the short term.

The Thunder dropped 149 in a nine-point victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in March, 2012, but they needed two overtimes to get there. Go through the box score, and it's a Thunder party.

LeBron James knows the Cavaliers have a proven vaccine that could cure them of this midseason malaise: a larger dose of him. "I'm a guy who is optimistic on how we can get better". "We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend". "I've been part of a lot of those baskets he's had". OKC gives up just over 30 triples a game, eighth-most in the league. "But after playing so many games, being in the league so long, it's just like, onto the next". "They got everything they wanted". With Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony combining for 88 points, the Thunder put up 148 against the Cavaliers, whose defensive ineptitude has raised questions about their title legitimacy.

Apparently some Cavs players didn't believe him.

The Thunder are 26-20 in the Western Conference and are now ranked fifth.

"We were a better defensive team in Boston", said Thomas, who was traded by the Celtics to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving.

"I just didn't want to", Lue said. He won't make the All-Star game but very few big men are impacting their team like he is. Westbrook, Anthony and George all took their time getting ready, and as Anthony prepared to leave the locker room, he joked to Westbrook, "Russ, you had 23 and 20 and you still haven't done media yet?"

The Thunder is 7-3 this season when Anthony pulls down nine or more rebounds. They've stayed loose; they've stayed connected. He is set to play on Tuesday.

"We'll go to San Antonio versus an historically unbelievable great team, it doesn't do us any justice that they lost [Sunday] night on their home floor because I know hoe Pop is after losses", James said smiling.

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