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And we can't mention Stephenson and James without throwing it back to Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference finals when Stephenson blew in James' ear.

The Cavs have lost seven of their last 10 games, including an embarrassing 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. They caught me on the retaliation.

For the first time in his National Basketball Association career, James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points following Thursday's forgettable result.

Indeed, Stephenson - whom the Cavs could have signed last season to a 10-day contract after working him out in a midseason free agent minicamp - put up 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists off the bench.

Following a film session on Wednesday, when Lue highlighted all the poor possessions the Cavs had against the Wolves when they simply didn't play hard enough to give themselves a chance, Cleveland appeared to be a loose group heading into the night.

The Cavs will be best served to leave this portion of the season in the past, as well. Instead, they are getting a lot of production from their bench, most recently from second-year player Fred VanFleet who posted a career-high 22 points against Cleveland.

By contrast, the Warriors lead the league in scoring (115.7 points per game) and three-point shooting (39 per cent).

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"I think this time around you just understand patience more, where before you'd get excited off certain games like this or certain moments or a winning streak or all that", DeRozan said. Love went over the 7,000-rebound mark during the game and now has 7,007. While some lackadaisical play could be expected for a team coming off three straight NBA Finals appearances, Thursday, supposedly, would be a night that would grab Cleveland's attention. LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

The margins of defeat - 34 and 28 - represent the Cavaliers' two worst of the season.

The Cavs played without four guards: Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert.

Tyronn Lue called out certain players but not by name directly.

Sabonis started in place of Myles Turner, who missed his second consecutive game with a sore right elbow. "They good." It's true, the Raptors finally got a game on national USA television and they put on quite a performance.

We've seen this movie before: Lance brought the energy to the building, and Oladipo hit the big shot. Also, the fourth-ranked offense of the Cavaliers (offensive efficiency of 111.0) will square off against the 22nd-ranked defense of the Pacers (defensive efficiency of 107.9). "You've got Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, arguably some of the best shooters in the game today".

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