The Cavs need to trade Isaiah Thomas. Now

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat - 1/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat - 1/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The big National Basketball Association clash of the day turned into a blowout as the Houston Rockets demolished LeBron James' Cavaliers 120-88 in Cleveland.

LeBron James stood in front of his locker following the Cleveland Cavaliers' latest embarrassing loss, peppered with questions about everything - effort, trust, the trade deadline and his teammates' work ethic.

Chris Paul and the Rockets have been dominant this year.

As for the present, James has not been himself on the court. "This is this season, and we haven't played well versus anyone". He wants to see players brought in via trade this week who will help the Cavs win this season, get back to the Finals, and challenge the Warriors (or, heck, the Rockets) for a title.

"(Paul and Harden) are two of the best".

In a recent appearance on NBA TV, David Griffin dispelled any notion that LeBron was demanding or overstepped his bounds as a player. Even with Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza out, the Rockets took target practice from deep.

Paul finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists, shooting 8-of-14 overall and 6-of-9 on 3-pointers. Yes, the Cavs still sit in third place in the East, but that's thanks exclusively to a stretch in November when they won 18 of 19 while playing the league's second-easiest schedule. They hit 17 of those 3s before the fourth quarter began coasting the rest of the way despite a finishing kick of scoring from Gerald Green who finishing with 17 points and the first bucket of Markel Brown's career.

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This was about as bad as a LeBron James team has ever looked.

Isaiah Thomas and J.R. Smith led the Cavalier with 12 points each followed by James with 11 points (3-10 from the floor).

Coach Lue has received a lot of flak this season for Cleveland's struggles, as the team's issues on the defensive end have mostly been blamed on Lue's awful defensive sets and inability to send out capable defensive lineups when the Cavs need it. The sentiment that he checked out may also be a discredit to the Spurs, who were clearly the superior team that year - they won the series in five games, at least three of which were blowouts. "We didn't have no fight", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said after the game (ESPN).

As remarkable was how they shut down the Cavs on the other end. I'm the first one to get to the gym and I'm one of the last ones to leave. The Cavs were without Kevin Love but that was not an excuse for the bad outing.

Love's injury hurts but there are far bigger issues with a Cleveland team that has lost 12 of 18 and appears to be tearing apart at the seams.

LeBron James chucked the ball before the halftime buzzer sounded for a full-court three-point attempt that was never meant to go in the hoop.

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