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The Cavs' Effort is Nowhere Near That of a Championship Team

12up logo 12up 1/12/2018 Christopher Rosvoglou
a man standing in front of a crowd: Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers © Jason Miller/GettyImages Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

​There is definitely trouble heading Cleveland's way right now. Not only are the Cavaliers getting beat like a drum, but they're being ​labeled "fragile" by LeBron James. 

While it might be a cruel remark to make, there are points to be made about this underperforming Cavs team. 

Although there are going to be rough patches during the NBA season, this isn't the case for the Cavaliers. This team is losing in terrible ways, due to the lack of effort, which is clearly being noticed by those who watch their games. 

In fact, the most effort shown all night was by ​LeBron James chewing his teammates' ears off.

Between J.R. Smith, Isaiah Thomas, and Dwyane Wade, Cleveland received eight points from their "star" guards. 

Instead of sharing the rock, the Cavs played selfish, which explains why their leading player in assists was Isaiah Thomas with three. 

Unfortunately for fans, this performance was so poor that they ranked it their worst game in years. 

​​If the Cavaliers want to make it four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, they'll need to shape up fast. 

They're not just losing ground in the Eastern Conference -- they're losing their composure. 

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