Starting at 11-4 in the season is quite good for some teams but for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it is under achieving. With the team getting higher expectations for this year, LeBron James cited that there are no excuses for their losses during their players only meeting.
“It’s all mindset,” James said.
“It comes from within. I’ve always had it; my upbringing had me like that. It’s either you got it or you don’t.”
James, who made another career record by surpassing Reggie Miller in the all-time career scoring list during the loss, didn’t care if the team had injuries from their starters or the fatigue that his teammates are experiencing. What matters most for the former MVP is that they should be consistent no matter what situation comes to the team.
“There’s always been a lot of shade thrown at our conference the last few years, so it’s great to see that our side is definitely picking it up and playing at a high level,” James said.
Then again, James reiterated that no one is to blame but themselves and they should (must) bounce back to their winning ways.
“We have to hold each other more accountable, we have to play better,” James said. “And we will. But I don’t think we improved tonight.”
Tristan Thompson, who is starting at center in the place of injured Timofey Mozgov, acknowledges that they have not been focused and become more complacent.
“It’s got to be from tipoff. It’s got to be out of the gate. Especially for myself,” said Thompson “When we’re playing soft, I take that onus on myself. That’s what I’m here to do. That’s why I’m here. To play physical, make it tough for guys, rebound, set hard screens and be a force in the paint. So, this is totally on me. I’ve got to be more physical in the paint and protect the paint.”
James Jones, LeBron’s teammate from his Miami days who came with him in Cleveland, slams the team’s mental attitude in coming to games.
“It’s a focus, it’s a mentality that we have that we put on display sporadically, but it’s something that we have to do consistently,” Jones said. “No coach, no scheme, no nothing can do that. It’s us as players making that decision to do it every single time out.”