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Tyronn Lue calls the Cavs' huge loss to the Knicks "unacceptable"

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The early season struggles for the Cleveland Cavaliers continued on Sunday night as they were blown out at home by the New York Knicks.

The Eastern Conference champions were beaten 114-95 for their fourth loss in the last five games.

The Cavs have now dropped to a 3-4 record and head coach Tyronn Lue publicly expressed his frustration at the team's most recent setback.

"Tonight's loss, and the last couple, are unacceptable. The only way we're gonna be able to get out of it is to put the work in, as players, as coaches, and we're gonna do that.

"You know, not concerned. First game having D-Rose back, a little rusty as far as turning the ball over a little bit. But we need him to be aggressive, playing with pace, not looking over his shoulder.

"When you lose to teams, the way we've been getting beat, you know, it's unacceptable."

Cleveland's last three defeats have been by an average of over 15 points per game against the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans.

This is worrying in itself but it's made worse by the fact that it is considered to be one of the easiest stretches of games for any team in the league this season, according to Basketball Power Index.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since April of his rookie season that a LeBron James team has lost three straight games against teams that didn't make the playoffs the previous year.

But despite the slump, the King is not too concerned as there's still a long way to go in the campaign.

"What month is it again, October? I'm not about to go crazy about this right now," he said after the game.

Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Pelicans

But one thing LeBron is worried about is the Cavs defence and the ease with which opponents are scoring against them.

"Guys are just scoring at will against us. Our defence is pretty bad right now. So that's the number one thing," he said.

"Our transition defence is pretty bad. I mean, I think everything defensively."

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Per ESPN, the Cavaliers are allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions this season, making them the second worst team in defensive efficiency in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Nets.

"Teams just look faster than we do at every position," Lue said. "They're running fast, they're spreading, they're pushing the ball up the floor. It's like we can't keep up."

The Cavs entertain the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday as they aim to end this losing streak before a tough trip to face the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
LeBron James

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