Kevin Love called Monday night’s matchup between Cleveland and Orlando a “must-win” affair, and the Cavs certainly played like it in their 106-74 laugher against the Magic.
LeBron James led the way with 29 points and 11 dimes, as Cleveland broke out of its four-game losing streak.
Head coach David Blatt didn’t agree with James’ harsh assessment of his recent poor play.
Per the NOMG:
“LeBron James is the greatest player that I’ve ever coached and I’ve ever seen,” Blatt said Monday, prior to the Cavaliers’ home game against the Orlando Magic, when asked if he agreed with James’ critical assessment of himself from earlier in the day.
“And he’s a man and a fine man, and I don’t pay a lot of attention to what’s being said and not being said,” Blatt said. “Every day I wake up and I say thank goodness I get a chance to coach that guy. And I say to myself every day that I got a do a better job coaching that guy and help him to be everything that he is.”
James averaged 18.5 points in Cleveland’s four losses last week – his lowest point total over a four-game stretch in three seasons — and is second in the league in turnovers. He also noticeably sulked and missed some defensive assignments in the last two games.