The problems at Cleveland continued last night when the team lost their third game in succession against the Indiana Pacers. This is now their seventh loss in the last 10 games and the team is now starting to drift further away from the top of the Eastern Conference.
Prior to Saturday's 97-95 loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana, a report emerged stating there is unrest in Cleveland, as players are unhappy with head coach Tyronn Lue's comments following the team's loss earlier in the week against the Toronto Raptors.
Lue stated that his players need to take to the court every game without personal agendas after the team lost 127-99 against the Timberwolves on Monday night, and then followed it up with a loss to the Raptors on Thursday night at the Air Canada Center by an even worse scoreline of 133-99.
A recent report, however, has suggested the Cavaliers players are unhappy with Lue's comments, as while they agree in the case of LeBron James‘ ball-handling, they disagree as they believe Lue is handling the playing time of Tristan Thompson‘s and Channing Frye‘s incorrectly.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: "Players have grumbled that James has slowed the ball movement, holding onto the ball until he sees an “assist” pass, rather than moving it quickly.
"Players are grumbling about Lue’s lineups, wondering if Thompson should start and if Channing Frye should play more."
Some might say this is just the traditional midseason hump of the Cavaliers, but there's more alarm to this situation when you consider the fact they now find themselves seven games behind the Boston Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference, and 3.5 games behind the Raptors in second.
LeBron is one of the greatest players and passers of all-time, so putting the ball in his hands more is rarely a problem, but if players are unhappy about him having the ball so often and they're still losing then the issue needs to be sorted out. Otherwise, it could have a knock-on effect on their playoff seeding by the end of the regular season.
As for giving Thompson and Frye more playing time, this might not improve their performances much more than what they have been able to produce from the time they have been given already on the court, so it won't exactly fix the team's current problem.
Yet, if this report is true, then there is clear unrest at the Cavaliers which could be affecting their form, so it needs to be sorted out sooner rather than later.