Rockets make it look easy in blowout of Cavaliers

Rockets make it look easy in blowout of Cavaliers

Chris Paul enjoyed a milestone night, passing Andre Miller (8,624) for ninth place on the all-time assists list. That was the original plan anyways, when James seemed excited about the prospects of Thomas joining the team and being another perimeter playmaker. They let a almost $5 million trade exception expire last month, in part because it would cost the Cavs millions in salary and tax penalties to waive one of their current players in order to make room.James has a $35.6 million player's option on his contract next season. We didn't have a very good shooting game from James, but he just dices them up. Trevor Ariza, the Rockets' starting small forward, and Eric Gordon, their sixth man, didn't even play due to injuries.

The Rockets' more immediate goals of getting on a run before the All-Star break and perhaps catching the Warriors for the best record in the National Basketball Association took another step forward, with the Rockets backing up their win in San Antonio with a stunningly-easy blowout in Cleveland, with fans in Quicken Loans Arena booing the home team until there seemed no point.

Unless Brooklyn's first-round pick ends up as a top-3 lottery selection, Dan Gilbert, Altman and the Cavs got robbed, fleeced by the Celtics for Kyrie Irving.

3-Point Goals-Houston 19-51 (Paul 6-9, Anderson 5-9, G.Green 4-10, Tucker 2-6, Mbah a Moute 1-3, Harden 1-11, Brown 0-3), Cleveland 8-30 (Smith 3-9, Crowder 2-3, James 1-2, Korver 1-4, Rose 1-4, J.Green 0-1, Wade 0-1, Frye 0-2, Thomas 0-4). Four of them were by 24 points or more.

It has been a rough season for Cleveland Cavaliers fans. Teams would like to keep him happy, and so the idea of consulting James before personnel moves does make some sense. Isaiah Thomas said the blowouts aren't a product of toughness issues but trust issues within the locker room.

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As with most Cavs losses-nationally televised or not-most of the troubles can be blamed on poor defense. They were last season and the season before, but not this one.

There will always be those who say that the problem is that the Cleveland Cavaliers follow James' lead and that his lack of effort on defense is one of the primary reasons that the Cavs don't play hard on defense.

James would have put a muzzle on all the whispering had he made the same speech on the first day of training camp back in late September. It also does not help that rumors of a dispute with teammate Kevin Love have recently made headlines.

Asked why he doesn't go back to playing point guard Jose Calderon and using the rotations he employed when Cleveland won 18 of 19 games, Lue said, "We're struggling, but we can't go backward right now".

LeBron James chucked the ball before the halftime buzzer sounded for a full-court three-point attempt that was never meant to go in the hoop. I need to watch film to see what really went down.

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