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LeBron says team 'on funk,' Cavs coach anxious about 'player agendas'

LeBron says team 'on funk,' Cavs coach anxious about 'player agendas'

On this night, the Cavs were done in by a scoreless stretch of 3:20 in the second quarter when the Raptors went on an 11-0 run to take a 55-34 lead.

But he's averaging nine points and six rebounds in a bench role, and even more important, isn't being a distraction as he often was during his first go-round.

LeBron James had a chance to be the hero but stepped out of bounds when he tried to drive the baseline around Darren Collision with 2.3 seconds to play.

He's referring to this no-call on a game-winner by Giannis Antetokounmpo against the Oklahoma City Thunder from two weeks ago.

"We're a veteran team and we know what we're capable of, and it can't be so easy for us to get in those lulls and not try to dig ourselves out of them", Cavaliers forward Kevin Love told ESPN prior to the Toronto loss. We grinded it out. "We stayed with it and fought through adversity". He's played in just 21 games and started only five while struggling with a calf strain.

But James had two chances in the final two seconds to win it and missed both opportunities - after Victor Oladipo gave in the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:09 left in the game.

"We had a lot of energy in the first half", James said.

Earlier in the day, James, the best player of this and most other generations held court with the media.

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Simmons had 15 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks as the 76ers let a 22-point first half lead slip.

Trying to pinpoint an issue, James noted after this loss that the Cavaliers don't have enough energy in the fourth quarter. LeBron can't do everything, and he's clearly getting annoyed. I've got confidence in myself in any situation.

LeBron James did not sound too anxious about the Cavs' struggles recently, but he also said that the team got to find a way out. James posted 39 points in Cleveland's loss to the Bucks on December 19 and 14 assists in the Cavs' loss to the Kings on December 27.

"I don't have one". They caught me on the retaliation.

The Pacers average 18.2 points off turnovers per game, which ranks fourth in the National Basketball Association. IN took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Victor Oladipo with 2:10 to play.

After the game, James described Stephenson as a "dirty" player.

Oladipo once again provided the late-game heroics. After Sunday's game, they will play the Utah Jazz (Monday) the Portland Trailblazers (Thursday), the Los Angeles Lakers (Friday) and the San Antonio Spurs (Sunday).

"It's hard to get into his head, but tonight was (different)", said Stephenson, who played the final 17 1/2 minutes when the Pacers went to a small lineup after Sabonis picked up his fourth foul. It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now.

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