Tensions are beginning to boil over for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who enter play on Tuesday with a 27-18 record. They are losers in seven of their last 10, the last game being an ugly 148-124 loss at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Cavs had a team meeting on Monday. Wojnarowski reported that a bulk of the meeting saw Cavalier players pointing the finger at Kevin Love - who left Saturday's game early with an apparent illness that also caused him to miss practice.
'Woj' also said that the meeting became heated and tense, until Love himself was able to calm down the situation. It was later reported by Frank Isola of New York Daily News that point guard Isaiah Thomas was the player who "led the charge against Love," in the team meeting.
LeBron James refused to talk about the meeting with reporters.
Despite owning the third-best record in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are playing uncharacteristically terrible basketball. They're among the worst defensive teams in the league, allowing an average 109.5 points per game.
The Cavs traded away star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in the offseason, after he requested to be moved. Irving and the Celtics sit atop the East with a 34-13 record entering play on Tuesday night.
But the Cavaliers tried making a number of moves to remain the kings of the East. They got All-Star Isaiah Thomas, defensive stalwart Jay Crowder and draft picks in the Irving trade. They also signed former All-Stars Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade in the offseason, looking to add depth to their bench.
Five of the Cavaliers last seven losses have been by double-digit points. If Cleveland is to advance to the NBA Finals for a fourth-straight year, they'll have to put all player tension aside and fix up their defensive miscues.
The trade deadline is on Feb. 8, so the Cavaliers have plenty of time to add some big names as they try to win another title in what could be LeBron's last year in 'The Land'.