Video: Lebron James visibly frustrated with huge first half deficit during huddle
Following their surprise blowout loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers were expected to bounce back and come out with a vengeance versus the Toronto Raptors three nights after. However, the Cavs’ poor play continued on Thursday as they came out flat and quickly faced a huge deficit against the home team.
That frustrated the entire team, but maybe no one more than James, who was seen very upset during one of their timeouts, the Cavs star seemed to take over the coaching duties at that point.
Bron upset 😤 pic.twitter.com/SHbbarIDyd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 12, 2018
The emotions were very understandable as this is the first time in the Cavs forward’s career that his team trailed by at least 20 points in consecutive games, according to ESPN.
This is the first time in LeBron James' career his team has trailed by 20+ at the half in consecutive games. pic.twitter.com/25qHULUXUT
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 12, 2018
Upon seeing the clip, James’ former teammate and current Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving couldn’t help but hit the “like” button. It’s unclear whether Irving likes seeing James this frustrated while firing up his teammates at the same time or he felt vindicated that he made the right move to ask for a trade back in the offseason.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) January 12, 2018
The Cavs went on to lose the game by 34 points, 133-99. It was only the first time that the franchise has lost back-to-back games by more than 25 points since the start of the LeBron James era. They have now dropped six of their last eight outings and the Cavs saw their record fall to 26-14 for the season. They will return to action on Thursday to face the Indiana Pacers, where they’ll look to steady the ship and return to their winning ways.