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November 23, 2014 Updates

The situation is getting worse as the Cavaliers extended their losing streak to four with a 110-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday at The Q. "[We're] not taking good care of the ball," said Blatt before the game. "Missing easy opportunities on the break. Not screening the way that we should. Not playing with the level of physicality that we need to and other things." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt has made one change already in his starting lineup. The coach seems ready to make another. "Yes," Blatt said when asked if he was contemplating a lineup change. He also mentioned it could potentially happen before Monday's game against the Orlando Magic. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt talked about the biggest issue the Cavs have on defense at the moment, and he didn't hesitate in the pregame. "Point of entry defense," Blatt said. In part he was referring to his guards on the perimeter. Dribble penetration has been an issue. Opposing guards in particular. That problem showed against the Raptors, whose guards scored 86 of the 110 points. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Also one Cavs official responded to the large and loud contingent of Raptors fans after the game by whispering the following to me as we left the arena: "Tell them to talk to us in June." FoxSports.com

November 22, 2014 Updates

They lost (obviously) to the Washington Wizards, 91-78. The 78 points were a season low for the Cavaliers, who averaged 122.3 points in three victories a week ago. In their three consecutive losses this week, they've yet to crack 100. "No one feels sorry for us," James said, wrapped in towels following a game in which he scored 22 points but was guilty (admittedly so) of some of the things he pointed to as being wrong with his team. "It doesn't matter," he said. "No one feels sorry for us in this league. It's a wining league and we have to figure out what needs to be done to win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marcin Gortat noticed the frustration mounting for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. His Washington Wizards were manhandling them, exploiting Cleveland’s weaknesses down low and surpressing their offensive firepower with physicality. The deteriorating body language became pronounced as the game progressed and the Cavaliers struggled to find answers yet again in a 91-78 loss at Verizon Center. “I think they were just sloppy,” center Gortat said. “You realized that they don’t feel comfortable doing what they were doing. This is how it looks like sometimes. I think the communication between them could be a bit better. There were a lot of players that didn’t know what was going on at some points. I think it’s just frustrating when games aren’t going the right way you’re just getting frustrated. But we were focused on our own stuff.” Washington Post

November 21, 2014 Updates

"It's my biggest test," James said Friday morning in advance of the Cavs' game against the Washington Wizards (ESPN, 8 p.m.). "My patience isn't [endless]. I have a low tolerance for things of this nature. So it's something I'm working on as well, which I knew from the beginning that that was going to be my biggest test to see how much patience I got with the process. ESPN.com

LeBron grins at the memories of practicing with Varejao when he and his young Cavaliers were finding their way. In those days they were the underdogs. Each step deeper into the playoffs was a surprise. "He would go 120 percent, and sometimes not everyone is ready to go 120 percent at practice,'' James says. "So he would frustrate guys for sure, and he's still doing it.'' NBA.com

"I knew LeBron. So I know how he's a good person, and he cares about the people that he loves, he cares about his family, he cares about the others,'' says Varejao in English, his third language. "But when he left, the way he did it, it was wrong. He had the rights to go anywhere he wants to go. But the way he did it -- I'm not here to second-guess him or what he did -- but to me, in my opinion, it wasn't the right way to do it. And I believe he said that later on. But I knew it was tough for him. Because even before he told everybody the way he did it was wrong, I could tell he went through some tough times, when everybody was talking bad about him. You can ignore a lot of outside noises, but because of who he is, I guarantee you it got to him. I believe it was tough for him.'' NBA.com

As the Cavaliers fell further back in the game, Varejao found himself making a stand on behalf of the team that James had left behind. In the run of play he pulled off James' headband and tossed it aside, as if he no longer recognized the authority of the King's crown. "I was just trying to get him off his rhythm,'' Varejao says. "I knew that he would not like that. Because he wears headband for a long time, and people were saying he was losing his hair and stuff, and I thought that it could get him off his game a little bit.'' NBA.com

Cleveland's $5.3 million trade exception is the logical solution, but Brendan Haywood's unusual contract could be thrown into the mix. And make no mistake, it eventually will. Haywood is being paid a salary of $2.2 million this season, but next year he has a non-guaranteed income of $10.5 million. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by the Aug. 1 deadline of 2015. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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