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Tyronn Lue says the Cavaliers are "not having fun" playing together

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have started the season in a real slump and currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-4 record.

They're on a three-game losing streak and were thumped by the New York Knicks by 19 points at home in their last outing.

In an effort to iron out their problems and kickstart their campaign, the Cavs conducted an air-it-out meeting before practice on Tuesday.

According to ESPN, LeBron James was a "vocal" participant in the meeting, but he was not the lone voice.

A source told ESPN that almost every member of the team spoke and it was "very productive".

Head coach Tyronn Lue has urged his players to develop the same chemistry on the floor that they have off it and to have fun on the court with one another.

"Off the court we've got great chemistry, great bond," said Lue. "Just, on the court we just got to be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. ... Right now guys are not having fun."

The numbers show us that there isn't much to enjoy when watching the Cavaliers so far this year.

Per ESPN, they rank 25th in opponent points allowed (110.1), 21st in opponent field goal percentage (45.9 percent), 27th in opponent three-point percentage (39.9 percent) and dead last in opponent three-pointers made per game (13.7).

The clear-the-air talks didn't just focus on the team's defensive deficiencies, but what needs to be done to correct them.

"Naturally, the slow start that we've had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do," said Kevin Love.

"I feel like we can get in better shape, that's going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys to (become) adjusted, well adjusted and on the floor, more time together.

"So time will tell how it's going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice."

LeBron hosted his annual Halloween party for teammates earlier this week and it allowed them to unwind and take their minds off basketball.

Love hopes that the good mood generated from that get-together will translate onto the court.

"I think it was good for us," Love said. "I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. ... I think in some odd way it will definitely help us."

The Wine and Gold have a chance to get back to winning ways when they take on the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena tonight.

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

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