Cavs 87, Bobcats 94 – Unlike Chuck Norris’, LeBron’s Tears Don’t Cure Anything.

This is the face he made a lot last night.

This is the face he made a lot last night.

Hey look – I’m in Ohio and got to watch a game! That’s the extent of the fun news for me. The Cavs played in Charlotte last night and looked not good. The troubling aspect of the game was the horrendous defense played by the Cavs in the first 3 quarters. Gerald Wallace did the point-scoring thing against the Cavs and absolutely shredded the Cavs all game. I guess that’s as good a starting off point as any, but let’s look at things a bit more.

The Cavs offense was very, very slow to get going. Mo was doing his thing pretty well, but the rest of the offense didn’t look all that good. Ball movement was happening (LOL), but things weren’t coming together all that well for most of the game. There were a few really nice moments where the interior offense got the ball around and some nice passing. Hooray for positives! The fourth quarter defense (which is when it was really needed) was good, but the Bobcats got too much of a lead for the Cavs to get all the way back.

There were a lot of issues for the Cavs in this game. Defensively, the team was a wreck in the first three quarters. Charlotte came out and gave a lot of one-on-one looks, which gave the Cavs fits. They were dropping tons of shots and looked quite good offensively. This was the biggest problem for the Cavs, and ultimately did them in. (Tidbit: Danny Green had as many minutes as Delonte. It’s gonna be a long season, kids.)

On a side note, I’d like to point out that for me, LeBron’s whining has turned the page and really begun to sour me on him. Yes, he filthy good. Yes, I live in DC (BUT I WATCHED THIS GAME IN OHIO). Yes, a few people concurred with me on the Twits, and another one likely chuckled. But look – it’s absurd. At the end of the second quarter, LeBron got called for a charge. He proceeded to flip out (Words used have been WFNY Edited), posture, and whine to Mike Brown. Then he got yanked for the rest of the half, and did the pouty thing.

It was a textbook charge.

He didn’t grind the offense to a halt last night, to his credit. But, he WALKED back on defense after a couple of no-calls (that were a bit more iffy but still not blatant either way). He got tied up once and apparently that should be a Flagrant 2 on the other team.

I love what he does on the court when the ball is moving, the offense is being run, he’s in the open court, he chases people down, etc. I really, really don’t love what he does when he takes the ball and runs a 22 second iso play. I don’t love when somebody touches him and the world ends.

When the team is losing and he’s busy whining and thinking about one call and not getting back in the game, I draw the line. It was clear in the Washington game. It was blatantly clear last night. I don’t know about the games in between because I didn’t see them, but maybe similar things happened in between. All I know is I want the guy that I like to show up, and not the guy that likely things he can part Lake Erie (OR THE HUDSON RIVER OMGGGGG) just by walking towards it.

Cavs need to play better. Doing so tonight against the Mavs would be wise.

Photo Credit: Chuck Burton, AP

  • ManSleezee

    While I can understand LeBron’s frustration to a certain degree – He does get hit an awful lot on his way to the rim without fouls being called – especially this season – I’m with you that the whining has to stop. The stink eye to the refs have to stop. Quitting after no-calls, like he did at the end of the game last night, have to stop.

    But most importantly he has to cut down on all his turnovers this season. They are killing the Cavs. I’ve never seen LeBron turn the ball over on such a consistent basis.

    His TOs along with his lackluster D really have me worried as to where his head’s at this season.

    Does Mike Brown have the stones to sit him down & get on him about the few things he’s not doing right?

  • christiang

    This season depends on getting us a SG that can handle people like Sjax.
    Parker keeps getting abused out there and it’s really sad to watch. He and moon should be coming off the bench for a good 15 minutes in stretches. Not 25+ against what was a poor matchup.

  • dawgponed

    LeBron’s defense has been laughable this year. He’s not a first or second teamer at this point. Combine that with the high turnovers, I really gotta wonder if he’s distracted or just mailing it in. (His numbers are still good, because he’s really good). But he looks lethargic to me.

  • dawgpowned

    LeBron’s defense has been laughable this year. He’s not a first or second teamer at this point. Combine that with the high turnovers, I really gotta wonder if he’s distracted or just mailing it in. (His numbers are still good, because he’s really good). But he looks lethargic to m

  • JM

    Mike Brown doesn’t have the stones to lecture LeBron so forget about that. He ain’t even the coach of the team, LeBron is. This team can be frustrating, they aren’t good enough to turn it off and on whenever they feel like it. They gotta play better defense.

  • Trickles

    Agreed on the walking back on defense and whining. Lebron does not seem to have the intensity and focus of a player hell bent on winning a championship.

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/?p=21159&cpage=1 magic rock

    Dwight Howards gets fouled alot an doesnt complain
    queen james is just a girl

  • ManSleezee

    Oh, Magic “fans”… Keep living in denial. That’s what you’re good at. Almost as good as Dwight “The Elbow” Howard whining on his blog about the refs, his coach, and the fact that he’ll never be as good as Shaq was in his prime.

  • whipjacka

    Lets remember that the cavs, despite losing their first two are on pace for more than 55 wins. It is a little bit early to say that lebron isn’t playing like he should; especially since it is NOVEMBER. The season doesn’t start till the all-star break, relax.

  • whipjacka

    don’t do it

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