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Why are the Cavaliers struggling to win games?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a losing slump, and it’s only been getting worse as time progresses.

Small Forward Lebron James, being in the league for 15 years,  has yet to experience this consistency of losing since 2011, when he was with Miami Heat.

James’ numbers over the last eight games have been pretty good. In fact, in the most recent game against the heat, he had 24 points and 11 rebounds with five assists. However, they aren’t reflecting wins but rather losses.

This may sound crazy, but age might be taking a toll on James, or “The King” as they call him, as we speak. It’s not that he’s doing bad in the game, he’s just playing too many minutes every night and getting fatigued, which would naturally affect how he plays during the stretch of a game.

However, much respect to James. He’s been one of the best players in the NBA for his career, and his stats have improved each year he’s been in the league. While other players decline as age comes, James has found a way to stay healthy and improve his game for the better of his team.

As for the Cavs struggling season, it may not lie within  a specific player but rather dysfunction between players.

Multiple reports have surfaced from ESPN,  that there have been issues with the return of Point Guard Isaiah Thomas, and the impact it’s had on Power Forward Kevin Love.

What leads many of us to believe these rumors is the fact that Love’s stats have plummeted ever since Thomas came back from his injury this year.

According to ESPN’s player stats, Love’s stats ever since Thomas returned for the last eight games are: 12.6 pts, 1.2 ast, 7.7 reb, 38.6 3p%, and 42.6fg%  versus averages without Isaiah Thomas this season: 20pts, 1.8ast, 10.3 reb, 38.9 3p% and 46 fg%.

These stats alone show there has been some truth behind the rumors of Love and Thomas not getting along as teammates.

According to a report report by Jack Maloney from CBSSports news, Thomas called out Love during a team meeting blaming him for Cavs recent struggle.

ESPN reported that during a team meeting Love became yet again the “convenient scapegoat”.

Another huge issue with the Cavs is defense. IT’S HORRIBLE !

The Cavs are allowing sub par teams to get over 100 points a game and a professional team will never win like that.Last week, the Cavs suffered a loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder 148-124.

Two aspects of the game that makes this an indication of how bad their defense is that they allowed 148 points, at home and of those 148 points there were four players only to combine for more than half with 113 points.

The Cavs are losing in different ways and it seems there a lot of factors contributing to why its happening.

While we’re only outsiders reporting we don’t know what we do know that defense is , bad locker room leadership and rotations may be the obvious reasons why they’re losing.