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Report: Cavaliers team meeting turns contentious

Nov 16, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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Cleveland came into this season with playoff dreams, but their 3-7 start has been more nightmare. They have not looked anything like a team headed to the postseason. Not close. They have one of the worst offenses in the NBA this season (29th in points per possession) with their two leading scorers — Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters — both shooting under 40 percent on the season.

In the wake of that Cleveland held a players meeting Wednesday after another ugly loss (they have lost three in a row right now) but it got intense, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN.com.

The Cavaliers held a players-only meeting following Wednesday’s 29-point loss to the Minnesota, multiple sources told ESPN.com. But the meeting got contentious, and players confronted each other, according to sources.

We don’t have the details of who said what. Team meetings tend to be overrated — we credit more success to them then they deserve. Not sure this one helped as Friday they Cavaliers blew a 12-point lead in the second half to lose to the Bobcats.

Mike Brown and Irving need to get on the same page and get the offense clicking. Heading into Saturday night the Cavaliers are the third worst team in the league in both eFG% and getting to the free throw line (per possession).

  1. cullimon - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Did you guys not read the entire espn article? It happened after the bobcats game

    • kinggw - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Actually the ESPN article clearly states the meeting happened after the loss to the T-Wolves.

  2. cullimon - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Did you guys not read the entire ESPN article? This meeting occurred after the bobcats game

  3. losanginsight - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Trade Kyrie to LA asap!

  4. antistratfordian - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    “Karma is a b****.”

    – LeBron James

  5. mgm54 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Look it is what it is….mike brown does not comprehend offensive basketball..except to STOP it…whether an opponent or his own team…Cavs in trouble….

    • antistratfordian - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      This is the coach LeBron dragged to the finals. Incredible.

      • sguy2130 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Well to be fair, he’s dragged Spoelstra along as well. The Heat are barely an 8th seed without LBJ.

      • kinggw - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        That’s a silly argument. The Heat would still be a playoff team without Lebron probably still top 4 or 5, but what team wouldn’t suffer if they lost their best player?

        Spo deserves more credit than what he receives. He led the Heat to the playoffs a few times before LBJ arrived in Miami. Phil Jackson and D’Antoni have proven that it takes more than talent on paper to field a successful team. Lesser coaches would’ve crumbled under the pressure and expectations brought on by being the coach of the Heat.

      • fanofthegame79 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Kinggw – I agree with you about Spo, he’s earned his and then some. However, I don’t see this Heat team even a 4 or 5 seed in the East. I think Wade poured in a whole 8 points tonight against the Bobcats…and Bosh a point less. I didn’t see any other Heat player with double-digit scoring tonight.

  6. bruiserbrigade - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    With the kind of skilled athletes they have, they should be running a lot more. Look at the Suns, guys are playing loose and having fun while WINNING! What more can you ask for?

  7. ihavenonickname - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    whoa whoa whoa! you mean a Mike Brown team is blowing chunks on offense??!?! no way.

  8. program33 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    No disrespect intended. Mr. Brown comes off as a top defensive “Assistant Coach” to me no matter what his title is. In terms of a superior consistent long term NBA Head Coach, I don’t see it. Better coaching talent in the college ranks. Taking the high road, the word overachiever comes to mind. He has and continues to earn his stripes and somewhere in the middle a lot of thanks goes to LBJ. Regardless of what anyone thinks the man keeps a job and is getting paid. Just an opinion.

  9. kavika6 - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Kyrie Irving is a good individual player but he’s not a leader.

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