The Cleveland Cavaliers may still be at the top of the Eastern Conference, but things haven't been going their way lately.
With a series of recent losses, LeBron James choosing to spend his days off with Dwyane Wade down in Miami coming under question from various parts of the media and Cavs fans, and with James' and Kyrie Irving's odd tweets being scrutinized to the nth degree, the Cavaliers are being tested and are fully under the microscope.
Speaking today after a loss to a Memphis Grizzlies side that were without four of their normal key players, LeBron just laid it all out and said that Cleveland is not ready for the NBA playoffs.
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"I can sit up here and say that we're a team that's ready to start the playoffs tomorrow, but we're not," James said, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
The Grizzlies came into Cleveland with a team missing Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Mike Conley and still managed to come out from their clash at the Quicken Loans Arena with a 106-103 victory.
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"We're still learning. We still have things that happen on the court that just, that shouldn't happen."
James clearly wasn't happy with his side's performance on Monday night, in a game where they committed a shocking 25 turnovers and connecting on just 24.1% of their shots from beyond the three-point line.
According to the four-time NBA MVP, Memphis' injury problems were actually a big disadvantage for the Cavs - because none of the players they had done their homework on were out on the court.
"I was (surprised)," James mentioned of the Grizzlies' starting five. "I was, especially because we had gone over everything with the expectation of those guys being in the lineup this morning, and to get here before the game and to find out that no one, pretty much, that we went over, played."
Being surprised doesn't excuse letting noted shutdown defender Tony Allen go 11-of-17 from the field for 26 points. Or how Mario Chalmers ended up with 17 points and seven assists. Or how Memphis only had three players on their bench to bring on, and two of them got 15 points or more while only one of Cleveland's subs reached double figures.
James was the only Cavalier who looked ready to play. His 28 points were a game high, and he tacked on nine rebounds and five assists.
Speaking after the game, Kevin Love summed up everyone's feelings towards the shock loss.
"A team like that, they were going to come out and swing for the fences, and they did. That was a real bad loss for us."