The Cleveland Cavaliers are just on survival mode because of a number of injuries to their key players. But Lebron James is still confident that they would be a different team come playoff time.
Talking to reporters after the loss to the Lakers on Sunday, James said that it’s very difficult to sustain the momentum when they are dealing with all the injuries.
“Listen, at the end of the day you’ve got to want the most out of whoever you’ve got on the floor,” he said. “We have pretty much five guys out of our top nine or top 10 of our rotation not playing because of injuries. It’s next man up, but sometimes you just fall short.”
The Cavs were smacked around by the Lakers, 127-113, at the Staples Center. They were outrebounded 51-37 as the Purple and Gold’s big men bullied the depleted front court of Cleveland. Julius Randle also had his career high of 36 points, along with 14 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. Kyle Kuzma added another 10 rebounds while Lopez had eight of his own.
Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson would probably box out Randle, and prevent him from gobbling up all the rebounds.
On Cleveland’s side, James was the only willing rebounder as he grabbed 10 while former Laker, Larry Nance Jr., tried to help the four-time MVP with eight rebounds.
James was also rumored to be going to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency where he will team up with Paul George. The rumors have some traction considering Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have potentially $70 million to spend next season to get two max players.
The Cavs are currently sitting at third in the Eastern Conference, and while they are struggling no team wants to face Lebron James in a post-season series.
“Can you judge what we have on the floor? I mean you don’t know. You don’t know,” he said.