LeBron James Says Cavaliers Need to Be More Accountable After Loss to Raptors

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2018

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The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't pressing the panic button, but LeBron James did tell reporters players have to be "accountable" following Thursday's 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

"We all got to be accountable for our actions, accountable for how well we play, how we play, how hard we play, and what we do for one another," James said, according to ESPN.com. "And there were just some plays that you should come up with, that you should make, and when you're losing, you tend to not wanna make those plays, or tend to let some plays get away from you. And we can't afford that right now the way we're playing ball. So just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did."

James also shed some light on the intense conversation he had with his teammates following a slew of defensive breakdowns in the second quarter. 

"That was just us trying to figure it out," he said. "It's not for everybody. We came here and talked about it, and that's what happens at times. Family is not always about a bed of roses."

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As if Thursday's blowout wasn't bad enough, it came three days after the Cavaliers were trounced, 127-99, by the Minnesota Timberwolves

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it's the first time one of James' teams has ever lost back-to-back games by at least 25 points. 

Dating back to Christmas Day, the Cavaliers have lost six of their last eight games. During that stretch, Cleveland has registered the league's worst defensive rating (113.8) and been outscored by 9.6 points per 100 possessions. 

Those lackluster figures can't be overlooked, but sounding alarms at this stage would be premature considering the Cavaliers withstood a 7-8 January last season and rounded into title-caliber form come playoff time. 

Cleveland will attempt to snap its two-game losing streak Friday night against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

Stats courtesy of NBA.com unless noted otherwise.