Tyronn Lue Says Cavaliers Must 'Get Rid Of Agendas' To Break Losing Skid

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 11:  Head Coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the first half of an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on January 11, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a funk, and head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters following Thursday's 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors that in order to snap out of it "we've got to get rid of our agendas."

"We've got to be better," Lue said, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. "We know that. But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same pageand if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way."

Lue, according to McMenamin, did not explain what he meant specifically by "agendas."

"I don't [have an agenda]," LeBron James said when asked about Lue's comment. "At this point, three-and-a-half, four years in this thing, I hope not. I don't know. I don't have one. I just want to win. I just like playing ball the right way, getting guys involved and winning the game also. I don't."

The Cavaliers, who have lost six of their last eight games and seven of 10, aren't strangers to midseason malaise.

Take last season, for instance, when Cleveland went 7-8 in January following a 25-7 start.

However, just because the Cavaliers shook off the cobwebs last year and coasted their way to an Eastern Conference title doesn't mean it's going to be as easy this time around.

While Lue's bunch ranks fourth overall in offensive rating (110.4), the club's defensive rating has plummeted to a mark of 109.5. The Sacramento Kings, at 109.9, are the only team worse.

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Recent results have been especially concerning. The Cavaliers have allowed at least 127 points in three straight games, and they've suffered consecutive losses of at least 28 points.

In order to avoid another meltdown, the Wine and Gold will need to produce a far stingier effort Friday evening when they clash with the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Stats courtesy of NBA.com

Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2753809-tyronn-lue-says-cavaliers-must-get-rid-of-agendas-to-break-losing-skid

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