LeBron and Cleveland Cavaliers get surprise break from practice to go bowling

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Cavaliers coach David Blatt isn't prepared to panic. His team came into the season with incredibly high expectations after bringing in LeBron James and Kevin Love.

Now, they're 20-20 and sitting in sixth place in the East.Sounds like a good time for...a bowling party?

That's exactly what they got. On Wednesday, they were scheduled to practice at UCLA after losing their sixth straight game.

Instead, they went to a Hollywood bowling alley for team bonding.

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Why bowling?

Blatt felt that one of the team's issues could be that they were pressing too much under the pressure.

"I was surprised, but I knew we were going somewhere else once we didn't go the route towards UCLA,” Tristan Thompson told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“I know where the campus is," Thompson said. "It's only five minutes from our hotel. We were leaving Westwood and headed towards Hollywood. I knew coach was up to something."

Blatt is already known as a players coach. Now, even more so. And those players agreed that it was a welcome break to relax and hopefully start a knew streak of winning.

"I think it was a surprise for most guys," Kevin Love told the paper. "It just helped so much. We all needed a break from it all."

Did it work?

There's no telling how the game would have gone without the bowling, but the Cavaliers did return and beat the Lakers 109-100 after the outing.

Can't argue with those results, right?

"It (bowling) didn't seem to affect too many people's jump-shots. This man (J.R. Smith) was throwing a six-pound ball around," Love told the paper. "Those events are fun. We were able to go out there and bowl, eat bad food and enjoy ourselves. It had us loose for the game."

Now, the Cavaliers will have to come together and be the team many hoped they could be. They have the star power. They have an Eastern Conference that's up for the taking.

Now, they need the results.

"One thing that's never seen on camera and I consistently say it, this is the closest team that I've been on,” Kyrie Irving said.

“We always have fun whether we're getting ready for a game or a practice or we go bowling, it's a team activity that we just personally enjoy.

"We enjoy being around one another and that's the way it's supposed to be. Obviously there's things we've got to fix out there on the court, but relationship- wise, we couldn't be any better."

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