LeBron James on Cavs: ‘I don’t know who we are, what we can be’
The Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped four of five games, with Wednesday’s humbling 102-88 loss to the Boston Celtics leaving the squad 4.5 games back of those same Celtics in the Eastern Conference.
LeBron James was verbose and philosophical after Wednesday’s setback, acknowledging he’s not quite sure exactly where the Cavaliers stand at this point. Although James did highlight how it may take some time to integrate Isaiah Thomas, who made his long-awaited debut earlier this week.
“I don’t know who we are, what we can be until we get IT back consistently,” James said after the game, via ESPN. “But we know what the program is, so it’s not like it’s a surprise he wasn’t playing tonight. We already know he won’t play in the Indiana game after we’re in Minnesota. He’s not playing back-to-backs right now. So until we get a full dosage of IT and get our rotations down and things of that nature, we’re playing well and Tristan comes back, we’re integrating him, and we haven’t played as well as of late, so we’re trying to figure that out. We’ll be fine.”
James also expressed concern how teams in the Eastern Conference, highlighted by the Celtics, are much improved teams, while the Cavs seemingly remain stuck in neutral.
“I’m always concerned about other teams getting better and better,” James said. “But I’m more concerned about us getting better and better. That’s the bigger thing. Washington and obviously this team right here, Miami is trying to get better and better, Toronto is playing exceptional basketball right now. The East is pretty damn good this year, and right now we’re not so good. [We were] great, [now] not so good. See what happens next. But you’ve always got to be concerned with the competition, for sure.”
The Cavaliers, in past seasons with James leading the way, have stumbled here and there during regular seasons. Whether it’s from boredom, malaise, injuries or a combination of multiple factors, James always seems to get them headed in the right direction by playoff time. There’s no reason to expect anything different this season.