Things have been no fun for the Cleveland Cavaliers lately, and when that happens on the court, it can often lead to frustration (to say the least) off of it.
Right now, that appears to be precisely what is happening with the Cavs, who visit the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. The Cavs have lost 10 of 14 and are among the worst defensive teams in the league.
They just surrendered 148 points, at home, to the Oklahoma City Thunder — matching a franchise-record for futility that last took place in 1972.
Now comes a report of some finger-pointing, directed solely at power forward/center Kevin Love.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Cavs “held an emotional team meeting prior to Monday’s practice, where several players challenged the legitimacy of Love leaving OKC loss on Saturday ill and missing Sunday’s practice.”
Wojnarowski, citing sources, added that the Cavs’ locker-room is “increasingly full of finger-pointing.”
Later, he wrote: “Love defended himself and explained his side to teammates, coaches and management, sources said. At end of meeting, there was a sense with some that team had worked out some issues, but that ultimately remains to be seen.”
It ultimately sure does.
The meeting was reportedly “loud and intense,” per Wojnarowski, and included coach Tyronn Lue and general manager Koby Altman.
“Within factions of the locker room, there has been blame for the Cavaliers’ struggles directed at everyone from Love to Isaiah Thomas, to Lue and the front office, led by Altman,” Wojnarowski wrote, again citing sources.
Translation: The Cavs are a mess and four of their next six games are against teams with winning records. The other two are against the Detroit Pistons, who are fighting for their playoff lives.
Of course, at this point, so are the Cavs. But from the sounds of things, that’s not the only fighting they’re doing.
Either way, the Cavs are currently exploring trades and said to be especially determined to make at least one move prior to the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
It appears that now, more than ever, they could use one.