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November 25, 2014 Updates

The intensity was there from the beginning thanks in part to LeBron James, who scored 29 points and dished out 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. James set the tone and the rest of the team followed, something that was missing during the losing skid. "A win always makes things feel better," James said. "But we still have a lot of work to do. Tomorrow we'll see some of the things we did well, see some of the things that we didn't do so well and we can work on it. It's a good start." Cleveland Plain Dealer

James came out with a different look, a different energy and a different mindset. He attacked the shaky Orlando defense during a brilliant first quarter in which he scored or assisted on all eight made baskets by the Cavs. He also got to the free throw line seven times in the first quarter, three more than his average in the previous four games. "I always have been," James said when asked about being a man of his word after the game. "No one puts more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you don't just talk about it, but you go out and you also show it too. I'm happy I'm able to make a couple of plays to help our team get a victory." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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November 24, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he's a major reason for their early failures. "We got a four-game losing streak, so I stink," he said. "I'm not doing my job." With the Cavs at 5-7, playing uninspired and not close to living up to enormous expectations, James offered the blunt critique of his own game Monday at the team's shootaround as they prepared to host the Orlando Magic. NBC Sports

James has been very deliberate with his comments this season. He has mentioned "bad habits" that have been built; said ball movement leads to good karma; encouraged Waiters to embrace a sixth-man role; told fans to "RELAX" on Twitter; and said, "We've got to be a team." James at least twice has said each game is a new opportunity to create a better newspaper clip. After Saturday's loss, he also said, "I'm very positive. More positive than I thought I would be right now. So, we look at what we did wrong, things that we did well and get ready for Orlando coming in on Monday." USA Today Sports

November 23, 2014 Updates

"We're a very fragile team right now," James said, following a 110-93 drubbing by the Toronto Raptors at home for the Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss. "We were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity that hits us, we just shell up." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

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

A jersey worn by LeBron James during the second half of his regular season return to Cleveland last month sold for $50,040 on Thursday night. The jersey, auctioned by the NBA, was used by James on Oct. 30, for the Cavaliers' season opener against the New York Knicks. ESPN.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

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