LeBron James warned his Cavaliers teammates off LA clubs and nightlife

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The Cleveland Cavaliers had been in something of a rut before they came on their latest West coast road trip, having lost to an under-strength Memphis Grizzles side and the Washington Wizards in the space of a week. 

The Cavs got the opportunity to blow off some steam as they headed to California for a three-game stretch, but LeBron James was never going to let that happen.

With two games in Los Angeles and a weekend free to do whatever they wanted, the temptation was almost certainly there for Cavaliers players to indulge and have a good time in a place with great weather, clubs and nightlife. LeBron let them know that wasn't happening. 

Business Trip

According to a report from Chris Haynes of, prior to the Cavaliers leaving for the road-trip James talked with some of his teammates about how to conduct themselves appropriately and remain focused on the task at hand - winning games.

"His main message was that this is a business trip," J.R. Smith said. "Are we going to have fun? Absolutely, but first things first. We're going to take care of business, and that's playing the way we know how to play. Fortunately, we took heed of his message and played the way we were supposed to."

The Cavaliers did exactly that, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 120-108 on Thursday, then backing it up with an 114-90 win over the LA Clippers last night, showing no sign of any cumulative hangover from having some time in LA to themselves.

"He just said having a couple of days off in L.A., we had to be professionals and getting our rest," Tristan Thompson added.

"Obviously, you want to enjoy the weather and the atmosphere of being on the West Coast, but at the same time, we're here for business and being professionals. That's what we did and it was displayed this afternoon."

Excellent Result

Even if some Cleveland players did do a bit of extra-curricular activity on Saturday night, you couldn't tell as they dominated Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers on their home court in a 24-point rout. 

LeBron seemed pretty happy with their work, and the three-game winning streak that came with it. 

"Guys understood what this trip was about," he said. 

"This is a business trip and they get an opportunity to be in a great city, but at the end of the day, we knew what the main thing was and that was to continue the momentum that we've been on. We came out and took care of business."

James will just be hoping that the Cavs can keep this good run up as they look to secure the number one seed as the NBA playoffs draw ever nearer.

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