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Cleveland Cavaliers pair LeBron James and Kyrie Irving reportedly exchanged words after the loss to the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this week.
Following the 19-point loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, Irving left without speaking to the media and reports have emerged that although the discussion was seen as healthy, the point guard and James voiced concerns over the direction of the Cavs’ offense.
James scored just 11 points in the game and did not score at all in the second half which has contributed to the Cavs slipping to a 1-3 start to the season following their loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Irving is averaging just 3.8 assists thus far, and while he scored 34 points in the 102-100 loss to the Jazz, he had no assists in 45 minutes of playing time and has now failed to record a single assist in more than six quarters of action.
The 23-year-old has taken 36 shots in that span while Cleveland tied a franchise-record low with six assists, four of them from James, against the Jazz.
“For us, it was a growing process that we have to go through,” Irving said Wednesday. “It sucks right now. For us, we’re still young, and I’m still learning what’s going on.”
While James initially expressed his frustration with the situation, he later took to Twitter with a message for Cavs fans and insisted that they should relax as the team will eventually find their rhythm and break out of their early funk.
“Well, I mean, as far as [Irving’s] scoring, it was big time. He made all the shots we needed to keep us in the game,” James said. “He made some great plays down the stretch, finished above the rim. It was great.”
“You just can’t explain [the low assist totals]. There’s no way you’re going to win a basketball game like that, just having six assists. … We just can’t win like that, and we got to figure out a way to help each other and not make it so tough.”
Cleveland will hope to get back to winning ways when they take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.