The Cleveland Cavaliers lost again on Thursday night, this time 99-93 to the Chicago Bulls. They’ve now lost a season-high three games in a row and are 6-10 in March, the first month with double-digit losses for a LeBron James team since November 2003, when he was one month into his NBA career.
You know things are bad when team meetings are held, which is exactly what the Cavs did after Thursday night’s game, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“Every journey’s different. When you’re in it, it absolutely sucks, when you’re in a rut like this,” point guard Kyrie Irving told Windhorst. “We’re taking steps forward. After the game we took a step forward.”
“To be perfectly honest, we’re probably all over the place,” Irving continued. “It’s no time to kind of back up into the wall and panic. I’m not panicking and I don’t think anyone in this locker room should panic. We’re going to be just fine. It’s ugly right now. It’s real, real ugly. But we’ll get out of this, we’ll be fine.”
James passed Shaquille O’Neal for seventh on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, which he didn’t seem to care much about after the game.
“We’re just in a bad spot right now. Not disappointed with the effort. We’re just in a bad spot,” James told Windhorst before fleeing for the team bus. “We’re going to try to figure it out. … I think the effort was there. I just don’t think the concentration for as close to 48 minutes is there yet. Which is unfortunate.”
The milestone “means absolutely nothing right now,” he told Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.
If LeBron James continues at a pace of 25.0 PPG, playing roughly 75 games per season, he would be NBA's all-time leading scorer in 2022-23.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 31, 2017
The Cavs have had four three-game losing streaks this season; they had four losing streaks of at least three games in their past two seasons combined. Cleveland also was swept by Chicago in the regular season, losing all four games against the Bulls, and the prospect of a Cleveland-Chicago first-round playoff series is not outside the realm of possibility. The Cavs are a half-game behind the Celtics for the top seed in the East, while the Bulls are a game behind the Pacers and Heat for the No. 8 spot.