LeBron wants Cavs pulled from national TV, 'lost for words' after latest loss

LeBron wants Cavs pulled from national TV, 'lost for words' after latest loss

Just when you think it can't get any worse for the Cavs, it gets much, much worse.

The defending Eastern Conference champions got blown out by the Rockets at home on Saturday evening. The 120-88 defeat was Cleveland's eighth straight loss on national TV and drops their overall record to 30-21. They are now five games behind the Raptors for second place in the East and half a game ahead of the Wizards for fourth place.

After the crushing defeat, LeBron James didn't try to sugarcoat things.

“I’m lost for words," James said.

Then, he took the drastic step of calling for the Cavs to be removed from all national TV games for the rest of the season.

“They should take us off every nationally televised game for the rest of the season. We haven’t played good at all and we get our butts kicked every time we play on national television, so I’m at a loss for words," James told reporters after the game.

For those keeping track at home, the Cavs have 13 national TV games left on the schedule and that doesn't include six games on NBA TV.

Cavs point guard Isaiah Thomas didn't hold back either when addressing the issues plaguing the team.

"We're not together on both ends. There's a lot of one-on-one on the offense end, maybe because we don't trust each other. And then on the defensive end, it's the same thing. Guys are put on islands and there's no trust. I mean, if you don't trust something ... I don't know. I think it has a lot to do with trust on both ends," Thomas told reporters.

The Cavs have 31 games to figure things out before they start the defense of their Eastern Conference crown. If they don't right the ship, James could be on his way out of town...again.

The referee stat that bodes well for the Warriors in Game 5 at Rockets

The referee stat that bodes well for the Warriors in Game 5 at Rockets

Did you know that the Warriors are playing a pivotal Game 5 tonight in Houston? 

Yeah. It's true.

The officials for tonight's game are James Capers, Eric Lewis and Zach Zarba.

Why does that matter (it may not matter at all)? Well, because of this:

The Warriors have not lost a playoff game with Capers as an official since Game 3 of the 2015 West Semifinals at the Grizzlies.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: Fair to second-guess the roster? More Jordan Bell in Game 5?]

Here are the 12 straight wins:

-Game 2, 2015 West Finals vs Rockets 
-Game 1, 2015 NBA Finals vs Cavs 
-Game 5, 2015 NBA Finals vs Cavs 
-Game 2, 2016 1st round vs Rockets 
-Game 1, 2016 West Semis vs Blazers
-Game 5, 2016 West Finals vs Thunder
-Game 2, 2016 NBA Finals vs Cavs
-Game 4, 2017 West Semis at Jazz
-Game 3, 2017 West Finals at Spurs
-Game 2, 2017 NBA Finals vs Cavs
-Game 1, 2018 1st round vs Spurs
-Game 4, 2018 West Semis at Pelicans

That's 9-0 at home and 3-0 on the road.

So if that's the good news for the Warriors, here's the bad news:

Enjoy the game, everybody...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

All eyes on the point guards in Warriors' biggest game yet

All eyes on the point guards in Warriors' biggest game yet

HOUSTON -- Stung by a bitter home loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors will try to rebound in Game 5 against the Rockets on Thursday night at Toyota Center.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Postgame coverage will follow immediately after the final horn.

After gaining homecourt advantage with a victory in Game 1, the Warriors gave it back by blowing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Game 4 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Though Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala are listed as questionable, Thompson almost certainly will play and Iguodala is expected to be a game-time decision.




Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: With the exception of Game 3, when he was bothered by foot soreness, Paul has been a factor in every game. It’s apparent that he is comfortable leading the Rockets in the clutch. The same could be said of Curry with the Warriors, though he got out of sorts late in Game 4. Paul was slightly better in Game 4, and it was enough to make the difference. If Curry can reverses that, if gives the Warriors a crucial advantage.


Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) and G Klay Thompson (L knee strain) are listed as questionable. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contustion) is listed as out.

Rockets: No injuries listed.


James Capers (crew chief), Eric Lewis, Zach Zarba, Bill Spooner (alternate)


Game 1: Warriors 119, Rockets 106 at Houston Game 2: Rockets 127, Warriors 105 at Houston Game 3: Warriors 126, Rockets 85 at Oakland Game 4: Rockets 95, Warriors 92 at Oakland


Warriors: Defeated San Antonio in five games in the first round, defeated New Orleans in five games in the conference semifinals.

Rockets: Defeated Minnesota in five games in the first round, defeated Utah in five games in the conference semifinals.


The teams met three times in the regular season, with Houston posting a 122-121 win on Oct. 17 at Oakland, the Warriors taking a 124-114 victory on Jan. 4 at Houston and the Rockets prevailing, 116-108, on Jan. 20 in Houston. The Warriors have won 12 of the last 15 meetings in the regular season.


THE LINEUP: Though Thompson is expected to play. Iguodala will be a game-time decision. If he cannot play, the Warriors likely will repeat the lineup from Game 4, with Kevon Looney starting at center. If Jordan Bell, who had some good moments in Game 4, doesn’t start he’s likely get more significant playing time.

THE OFFENSE: The Warriors went away from their usual schemes in Game 4, relying on isolation more than ball movement. Though it was at times successful, they believe it was costly in the end, citing their 12-point fourth quarter. Regaining their identity has been a point of emphasis since Tuesday.

THE PHYSICALITY: The Rockets are the brawnier team, more willing to mix it up. The Warriors have to respond with sharper movements and more grit. They’re on the edge of desperation and realize everything has to be done with more velocity. Don’t be surprised to see them flexing more muscle or diving on the floor.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Rockets 95, Warriors 92
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm