Cavs players have grumbled that LeBron James is slowing ball movement

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Cleveland would need a monumental effort from LeBron James in order to halt their losing streak.

The 97-95 loss to the Pacers was the third straight for the Cavs after they went on a 22-0 run and led 26-6 just minutes into the first quarter.

Whether James is really going to play somewhere else next season or not doesn't matter right. now.

James and Irving, of course, share a storied history, dating back to their three seasons as teammates in Cleveland and Irving's bitter departure from the Cavs this past offseason. Down the stretch, things got a bit odd. Although they have yet to master it like Golden State, Toronto's 29-11 record is a franchise best at the 40-game mark of a season. They outscored Cleveland 85-61 after the first quarter.

IN scored a season-low 12 points in the first.

The Indiana Pacers are either catching the Cleveland Cavaliers at the right time or the worst time. Seeing the way the Pacers rally from nearly every hole they dig for themselves this season gives the fans hope.

Defense has been a glaring issue for Cleveland all season, but the team's offense has endured significant struggles throughout the season as well. The slow starts the Pacers are making a trademark of was in full-effect. It's moments like that when you could use Myles Turner. LeBron can't do everything, and he's clearly getting annoyed. Darren Collison split a pair of free throws, and the Cavs (having taken two timeouts prior to the out of bounds misstep) were left trying to go the length of the court.

MVP: Lance Stephenson, but not because he annoyed LeBron. IN shut out the Cavs over the final 3:57 and twice stopped James when he could have given the Cavs the lead.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman dunks during the first half of Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. ASSOCIATED PRESS

NETS 110, HAWKS 105: Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Jahlil Okafor added 17 points in a reserve role as Brooklyn won at Atlanta.

Cleveland ranks third in three pointers attempted per game (32.8) while in ranks 25th (24.9). Victor Oladipo scored 19 including the huge three. But we expect more for Oladipo.

Typical Thad Young night: 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.

Pascal Siakam had 16 points, Jakob Poeltl had 12 and C.J.

The Cavaliers rank fourth in blocks allowed per game (4.0) while the Pacers rank 23rd (5.3). Sabonis is showing that he is good enough to start, but he still has plenty to work on as well.

"Coming out in the third, we were just walking around".

Still a rookie, and looked like one. Meanwhile, despite missing two of their top three-point shooters, the Raptors hit 18-of-42 (42.9-percent). Don't sleep on Big Al.

Early on it certainly didn't look like the Pacers would be carrying that victorious momentum into their upcoming road trip.